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Good morning Cap and all,
The Sparky poster at the welcome screen got my attention. It was the "Every second counts" aspect of the poster.
One project I've worked on and it's still not resolved as far as I know involves the traveling public on flights.
A crash landing on a runway of a narrow body civil aircraft gives us 100 (one hundred) seconds to evacuate the passengers. Afterward, the actuaries' statistics kick in and the respiratory failure is fatal.
How do we - what is a "best practice" to - prevent a passenger from reaching to an overhead bin and causing a few seconds delay to emptying the aircraft ?
Is there an answer ?
I list my efforts I mention here as a failure. It really gets listed with car inspection stickers: brakes OK, the windshield washer reservoir is filled,..............there is no state requirement to carry a fire extinguisher in a passenger car - not a flimsily orange mesh nylon vest in case of walking on side of road after breakdown.
Between civil aircraft and private cars and citizens overloading the 911 lines I see our public school systems in de facto collapse. The Boy Scouts do teach the stuff for their emergency preparedness merit badge and the 4-H clubs now teach hurricane prep - but the schools ?
You're right Bob and unfortunately EMs have struggled with this for years / decades. Schools are a great place to teach fire safety, preparedness and/or first aid, but many educators and school boards are resistant to include this within an already packed curriculum. We've also had some educators and youth group leaders tell us (in my full time job) that those topics are too scary for kids. <snort>
But personally primary and secondary schools are a wonderful place to start with this type of education as we've seen with the success of Fire and Police youth programs. Some high schools do have Teen CERT and Teen MRC courses included in their Health class - but they are few and far between. Bill and I are working on some major projects that will hopefully accomplish getting preparedness data into school kids' and their families' hands one of these days.