• 20 Jul, 2024

Dr Bisram calls for Fire Drills in wake of tragedy in Guyana

Dr Bisram calls for Fire Drills in wake of tragedy in Guyana

Dr Bisram calls for Fire Drills in wake of tragedy in Guyana

Public commentator and democracy advocate Dr Vishnu Bisram chimed in on the fire in Mahdia last Sunday evening that claimed 19 student lives and injured several others.  
Dr Bisram wrote a commentary to express “deep sense of shock, sorrow, and grief over the loss of lives in that terrible fire tragedy in Mahdia . Th ose affected by this tragedy are in my thoughts and prayers.”  
He added:  “I am deeply  saddened by the deliberately set fire that took the lives of nineteen and injuring several other students and that has disrupted lives in the entire community if not nationally. It is incomprehensible that innocent youngsters could be the victims of such a senseless arson.  
I extend love and compassion to all who have suffered from this very sad and disturbing event. I join the government and others in mourning the dead and praying for the recovery of the burnt victims and those psychologically affected. I thank the government for rendering all assistance to the victims and their families.
 
While feeling and expressing grief and sorrow, there is also anger within me that keys to open escape doors were not easily accessible for emergency situations like fires or flooding. Lives could have been spared had the caretakers been more responsible in their handling of this kind of emergency and if there were dress rehearsals or drills of what to do during such calamities. There were several fires recently in several parts of Guyana; lives were lost. The country should have learned from them. Caretakers should have been better prepared for fire disasters as well as other emergencies. A fire or a natural disaster can happen anytime and anywhere”.  
 
Thus, Dr Bisram writes: “Fire drills should be a regular occurrence at all multi peopled dwellings as routinely occur in developed countries. People should be trained and prepared on how to escape a fire and where to seek safety in the event of such emergencies. Hope much is learnt from this latest tragedy. Government should immediately hold drills at all government buildings including schools and tertiary institutions on how to escape fires and other disasters.”