Fire drill at Benitachell school a blazing success

SUCCESS: The school was evacuated in three and a half minutes.

AS the fire alarm sounded, pupils and teachers from Santa Maria Magdalena school in Benitachell fled the building and formed orderly lines in the playground.

Fortunately, there was no real emergency, it was a drill organised in conjunction with the town’s police and fire service, to ensure everybody at the school knows how to deal with a potential fire risk.

Within minutes of the school being evacuated, volunteers from the Civil Protection police officers arrived on the scene to check ‘everything was in order’.

A source said: “We went in and all the doors were closed, as advised, because if there is a fire inside a classroom and the door is shut it is much more difficult for the blaze to spread to the rest of the school.

“The evacuation took place in three and a half minutes, which is excellent.”

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Tara Rippin

Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.

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