As a part of raising the Fire Safety Awareness in the Primary School in the State of Goa the “Safer School Safer India” Programme was unveiled at the hands of Shri Laxmikant Parsekar, Hon’ble Chief Minister on 14th April 2015. This is a joint initiative of the Directorate of Fire & Emergency Services, Directorate of Education (State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT)) and Underwriter Laboratories (India).  The concept of Safer School Safer India envisages an intention to built a Safer India, to safe guard children and teach them how to stay safe.  This intensive campaigning is for enhancing the awareness level of Primary School Children and through them the families on Safety Culture.

          The approach is to include Fire Safety Education as part of the school curriculum, with atleast one period a week dedicated for this purpose.  The Training module is designed to create interest in children at primary level (Ist to IVth ) and involve them in activities which will lead to Fire Prevention and Fire Safety learning.  The first batch of the ‘Training of Trainers’ for Teachers was held on 16.10.2015 at Goa State Fire Force Training Centre, Fire Force Headquarters,  St. Inez, Panaji. The  Module on topic “Fire & Safety – Good Fire, Bad Fire”  was imparted to the Teachers which included various aspects of Fire Safety.  21 Teachers from 12 different schools of Tiswadi Taluka i.e. (1) Mushtifund English Primary School, Nr. Mahalaxmi Temple, Panaji, (2) Auxilium Primary School, Caranzalem, (3) Santo Minguel Pre-Primary & Primary School, Taleigao, (4) Our Lady of Merces School, Primary Section, Merces, (5) Dayanand High School, Chorao, (6) The Rosary School, 16-La Campala, Miramar, (7) Bal Bharati Vidyamandir, Primary Section, Raibandar, (8) Santa Cruz Primary School, Santa Cruz, (9) Sunshine Worldwide School, Baiguinim, Old Goa, (10) St. Andrew’s High School, Goa Velha, (11) Dr. K.B. Hedgewar Primary School, Cujira, Bambolim, (12) Nandavan Primary School, Katyebhat, Ella, Old Goa, attended the ‘Training of Trainers’  Programme.

          Introduction to the “Safer School Safer India” Programme was given by Shri Ashok Menon, Director of Fire & Emergency Services.  The Module on “Fire & Safety – Good Fire, Bad Fire” was imparted by Shri Ajit K. Kamat, Asst. Divisional Officer (Offg.), District Fire Station Panaji.  Shri A.R. Lobo, Station Fire Officer was also involved in conducting the Training.  A presentation (CD) was shown on “Safety Smart – At Home” to make understand the need of this Awareness Programme.  Every school was given 2 DVD’s and one presentation CD, so that they can follow up the programme in their respective schools.