“FIRE SAFETY AND SECURITY SHOULD BE A PART OF SCHOOL CURRICULUM”
– Mr. Prakash Mishra, IPS
Director General, Fire Services, Government of India
Fire safety and security measures should be made a mandatory part of the academic curriculum of schools and colleges. These basic fire safety lessons will have a tremendous impact on the young minds of the children. The curriculum would also focus on the precautionary measures that must be taken to avoid causalities during fire accidents. This was informed by Director General, Fire Services, Government of India, Mr. Prakash Mishra, IPS. He was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of Project Heads, Architects and Consultants Conclave (PACC 2018) organised by Fire & Security Association of India (FSAI) held at Hotel JW Marriott in Jaipur on Friday. Earlier ‘PACC 2018’ was inaugurated by Chairman, PACC 2018, Mr. Pankaj R. Dharkar and National President, FSAI, Mr. K.P. Dominic.
Mr. Dharkar said that builders need to alter their mindset that fire and safety protocols are an additional expense. They need to believe that it is a necessity to save lives. Developers and architects should do away with the belief that signage destroys the beauty and architecture of a building. Almost 90% deaths are due to commotion which can easily be filtered by use of proper signage. New technology like digital signage cum smoke detectors is a more efficient investment for upcoming buildings.
Mr. Dominic said that the conclave will focus on how to make optimal use of technology for protection of life and property. The vision of FSAI is ‘Change in Thinking’. There is a need to change the attitude and mindset of the people so that they adopt fundamental fire safety measures into their daily lives. FSAI has already trained 4.80 lakh students in the fire safety and security.
Also present on the occasion were – Former DGP (UP), Dr. Vikram Singh IPS (Retd.) and Assistant Commissioner, Singapore Civil Defense Force, Mr. Lian Wee Teck.
Later there were sessions on ‘Safety, Security & Automation Solutions for Modern Buildings’ as well as ‘Security, Surveillance and Communication’. In the evening, an exposition showcasing the latest products and technology of fire and security industry was inaugurated by the dignitaries.
On Saturday (8 September) as a special attraction there will be a BIG 7 Fight on ‘Security at Public Place- Reality vs Claim’ by security and defense specialist, Mr. Maroof Raza. Other than this, there will also be panel discussions on – ‘Creating Fire Safe Buildings’, Understanding NBC 2016’, ‘How IoT is rapidly changing our infrastructures’, among others.