FIJI TIMES ONLINE
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
ABOUT 7000 Cakaudrove children are undergoing training as the National Fire Authority attempts to reduce fatalities associated with fires. NFA spokesperson Mileta Ting said although the authority had not finalised statistics, there was a high incidence of fatal fires last year.
"We are targeting children because we find that they are the most effective medium," she said.
A smoke house is an inflated rubber house is full of sugary flavoured smoke that children crawl through as part of their training.
"We find that this works as we witnessed in Suva where a child went through this training and a few days later when her home caught fire she was able to rescue her grandfather from their home."
Training, which began on Monday, is being conducted in 27 primary and secondary schools and in some communities at night. "This is the first time this is happening and it reflects the authority's strategy at being more proactive."
Training is expected to finish off on Rabi Island this Saturday at Rabi High School and at Banaban, Buakonikai and Tabiang primary schools.