60,000 Tehrani teachers to join fire safety training course

February 17, 2019

TEHRAN – Some 60,000 teachers in Tehran will be provided with fire safety training course to promote proper safety procedures while on duty in the next Iranian calendar year (March 2019-March 2020), head of Tehran Fire Stations and Safety Services Organization affiliated to Tehran Municipality has said.

The fire safety training course is designed to raise awareness of fire hazards in the workplace and how to act safely in the event of an emergency fire situation, including selecting and using the correct fire extinguisher. The course is also designed to train staff in your fire safety procedures.

“Students’ safety at schools has always been among the Organization’s priorities, so we need to train the students and teachers in order to establish a safety culture in which they can stay safe during the incidents,” Mehr quoted Mehdi Davari as saying on Sunday.

He further highlighted that children can also familiarize their families and school faculties with the dangers and how to survive such hazards, so we currently started safety training at elementary schools across the capital educating the students on how to manage the incidents.

“It is hoped that this plan will be implemented voluntarily in other provinces of the country to familiarize students and families with incident risks,” he added.

Referring to the next year’s plan on educating 60,000 teachers in this regard, he noted that the role of teachers in developing and maintaining effective incident control activities is a proven and successful method of intervention, so the Organization decided to implement the scheme as soon as possible.

Pointing to fire as a common hazard threatening the schools nationwide, Davari stated that we cannot definitely say that a school is or is not resistant to fire. 

During winter, over 2,000 schools in the capital have been inspected to comply with safety standards, he said, adding that although all schools are monitored at the beginning of each school year, we try to observe them again during the winter due to risky heating supplies. 

After monitoring, the schools having safety problems will be asked to meet appropriate safety standards, he concluded.

Mehrollah Rakhshanimehr, director of the organization for renovation, development and equipment of schools, said in December 2018 that there are some 107,000 schools nationwide with 530,000 classes, 160,000 of which are dilapidated, not meeting safety standards.

He went on explain that 30 percent of the schools nationwide are old, of which some 12 percent must be completely rebuilt and 18 percent must be retrofitted.

Unfortunately, over the past years sub-standard heating systems have resulted in fatal and tragic incidents at schools across the country.

Most recently in December 2018, an elementary school in Zahedan, southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan, caught on fire in an oil furnace incident which resulted in the death of 4 girl students. 

In 2013, in Shinabad, a village in northwestern West Azarbaijan province, a fire blazed the school and led to the death of two students and 29 others got seriously injured.

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