‘Grenfell’ fire risk in Scottish schools

This video from Scotland says about itself:

Cairneyhill Primary School Fire Aftermath – Aerial footage 4K

9 December 2017

The scene the day after fire ripped through buildings in Cairneyhill Primary School, Fife, showing the devastation caused.

From daily News Line in Britain:

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Scottish school fire – No smoke alarms!

EVERY school in the country must be immediately assessed for fire risk, the EIS teachers union urged, after an investigation found that Cairneyhill Primary School in Scotland, a large section of which burned to the ground last month, did not even have smoke alarms!

After the horror of the fire at Grenfell Tower you would imagine that in the succeeding months – it has now been well over seven months – basic fire safety in schools would have been checked.

At the end of last year, on December 8 hundreds of school pupils were evacuated from Cairneyhill Primary as a fire tore through the school. The alarm was raised around 1pm with more than 200 children escorted out of the playground as the blaze broke out at the school which is on Northbank Road, Dunfermline.

The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) teacher’s union Fife branch has called on Fife Council to immediately review its school fire safety. The EIS has written to education chiefs after an investigation confirmed the building did not have a single smoke alarm fitted.

Following a new revelation that only 72% of Fife’s schools are fitted with smoke detectors, the issue of fire safety in schools has become extremely urgent. EIS Fife spokesman David Farmer said: ‘There is a real need to be looking at this urgently.

‘When it comes to new schools, contractors seem to be putting smoke detectors in as standard. These schools have got the detection equipment, but the older schools haven’t.’

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