Putting out fires

With the land turning brown and fire breaks being burnt, I was reminded of this blog I wrote last year…

There's a Hadeda in my Garden

Health and safety has not yet reached the epidemic proportions here in South Africa that it undoubtedly has in the United Kingdom. However it is making its well-meaning but sometimes counterproductive presence slowly felt, to the point where we recently had a whole school fire drill. Not that we don’t have these but this time in order to ensure we maintained our safety rating we had the full Monty, complete with ambulances, fire engines and simulated injuries.

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In order to receive the necessary accreditation the whole community of more than five hundred students, teachers, staff from the laundry, kitchen and grounds had to be present and accounted for within fifteen minutes from the initial sounding of the alarm. A time was set, a managed fire lit and five ‘bodies’ to be rescued placed randomly around the school premises. All was ready.

It did not go well.

To start with the…

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1 thought on “Putting out fires”

  1. Dear Tim

    Another excellent, humorous and well written piece!

    Well done

    Kind regards

    Paul

    On Thu, Jul 7, 2016 at 12:17 PM, Theres a Hadeda in my Garden wrote:

    > There’s a Hadeda in my Garden posted: “With the land turning brown and > fire breaks being burnt, I was reminded of this blog I wrote last year…” >

    Like

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