ANOTHER USELESS FIRE DRILL
“In ten minutes we will have an emergency fire drill and you will be asked to leave the building. Thank you for your co-operation.”
Thanks for our co-operation? What choice do we have? Can we choose to stay in the library after the alarm sounds?
Every six months the North York Central Library has a pretend emergency by activating the fire alarm. We library patrons have to go along with this plan and leave the building. Several librarians don reflective safety vests and carry clipboards making checks as they watch us leave the building in a calm, timely and orderly manner. What a waste of time!
Anyone who has been in a real emergency with a crowd of people knows how calm, timely and orderly evacuations get trumped by confusion, fear and panic. All the practicing and drills mean nothing to a crowd’s fear and panic. What group of people will calmly walk out of a building after and explosion covers them with human blood and guts, and smoke and fire causes difficulty breathing? We won’t mention the collapsing floors, ceilings and walls.
If the library wants to practice an emergency, then sound the fire alarm without a warning and tell people to leave the building as fast as they can.
Too bad real emergencies did not come with ten-minute warnings.