Since 2015, UL, together with the Directorate of Fire & Emergency Services (DFES) and Directorate of Education (DoE) has been implementing the Safer Schools Safer India (SSSI) program in Goa. The program aims to inculcate the culture of safety among young students by creating awareness on the basics of ‘fire safety’ so that they can comprehend, think, discuss, and act in case of fire emergencies. So far, over 12,000 students of ages 6-9 have been trained on the subject.

To take the initiative forward for this year, DFES convened an interesting Teachers Training program on August 18, 2018, at Panaji, Goa. 35 teachers from different schools of the northern zone – Mormugao – participated in the training session.

Shri Ashok Menon, Director, Fire & Emergency Services, gave a brief introduction of the SSSI program and spoke about the collaboration with the Department of Education, Goa, for reaching out to schools in the state. He said that the SSSI program, with the support of UL, has reached out to more than 12,000 students and trained 268 teachers in 190 schools in the past three years. He shared that the support of teachers is necessary to spread awareness among students on the subject and create a sense of responsibility among them on safety practices.

Shri Ajit K. Kamat, Asst. Divisional Officer (Offg), DFES, presented the Bittoo training module and also the UL-Disney ‘Safety Smart – At Home and About Fire’ videos. The new video showcasing the SSSI program was also shown to the teachers.

An interesting component of the training program was the hands-on training given to the teachers on the operation of portable fire extinguishers. Teachers actively came forward to experience extinguishing fires.

To reach out to more number of teachers and target maximum schools and students, the DFES has planned similar training programmes in other locations of the state in August/September 2018. More than 120 teachers are expected to participate in this training program.