Monday, 23 February 2009

To many false fire alarms!!

When we all started as a Fresher the whole university experience seemed daunting. Everything was new and the thought of not living in the comfortable of your home with your parents and siblings was scary. We had the introduction week this personally helped me to settle in because I was kept busy and they tried to scare us the fire alarm showing horrible pictures of a cooker burnt to a crisp. I believed the health and safety lecture was very useful because they predicted what students would do to try and prevent the alarm going off for example covering the alarm with a sock. The predictions were based on the previous students and were accurate, but some students still push the limit and set the alarms constantly. I gathered from The Linc that since we started university on the 15th of September there have been 38 false calls from the Courts fire alarms and only 3 of these are genuine fires.

In court 17 where I live are very good at not setting the alarm off because the only time I remember was the alarm practice, set off purposely to see if it worked and to ensure we know the system. Unfortunately this was at 5 in the morning which didn’t work well when most people have a 9am lecture. When the alarm is raised Lincolnshire Fire and rescue service are quick to respond but the real issue with responding to all false calls caused mostly by the courts in my opinion, is that those who need the assistance are unable to get the full service because they are assisting us.

I found out from The Linc that each call costs the taxpayer £430 per hour for every fully crewed fire engine that comes to the scene. That might explain why the wardens and the fire engine crew don’t look happy being called to a false fire alarm especially when the reason are as petty as the shower door left open, people smoking when they shouldn’t be or hair spray.

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