We all know dragons know how to make fire. But they also need to know how to put fire out for safety purposes. That’s why part of the Little Dragons Life Skills program includes a section on Fire Safety.
When Thaw Lin, the Little Dragons First Aid and Fire Safety Officer, sent us this shopping list:
we thought – that’s an awful lot of flammable materials - and knew we were in for some serious fun. We trawled the North Dagon roadside recycling centres for containers for the fuels, metal demo trays and firewood. After some bafflement and mystified looks we gathered together all that was needed. At the petrol station they used an old school metal jug and funnel to transfer the flammable liquids into the preloved plastic containers we’d just acquired.
Thaw Lin, formerly a Platoon Commander in the Fire Service now works at Uniteam training, delivering safety training for Oil and Gas workers and Merchant Shipping crews. The Little Dragons were captivated by his lecture, which consisted of the science behind how fires are made, the different types of fire extinguishers and which are best for different types of fire. This was followed by a short First Aid section. In a later session, the concepts learned will be reinforced through gamified exercises using rugby equipment.
At the end of the lecture we had a quick drinks break then went off to do the practical. We must have looked a bit strange, it’s not often you see a group of young people carrying petrol, diesel, wood and fire extinguishers down the street - in any country – let alone in suburban, semi rural Yangon.
Fortunately the boss of the local fire service was eating in a nearby tea shop on the way and Thaw Lin convinced him that we didn’t pose a threat to public health.
Once we arrived at the field face masks were donned and the practical demonstration began. A concoction of diesel and petrol was poured onto the wood and set alight and each Little Dragon got a turn to put out the fire. After calling out “Me! Me!” (Fire! Fire! In Burmese) they aimed the extinguisher at the base of the conflagration, squeezed the handle and the fire went out.
“Dry powder fire extinguishers work by chemical reaction with the fire causing the particles to expand, chemically inhibiting combustion and expelling the oxygen thereby smothering the flames.” fireandsafetycentre.co.uk
Ko Thint Myat was then on hand to reignite the wood for the next Little Dragon to take their turn.
Ben Mudd, Rugby and Development enthusiast.