Can we just wait for the arrival of firefighters during an emergency or not? Brave heroes they are, but it’s infamous Jakarta. Who else expect them to save you when you need the most? Traffic jam might be blocking their way. Oh, wait… You already have the most reliable partner ever in 10 meters away: Security guards!
Firefighters know well what they lack: SPEED. One of their answers to fulfill the big weak point is to train security guards as fire masters, too.
This very morning, I found a fire fighting training in Kuningan. The trainees were working for SOS, a security company dealing with ITC Kuningan and Mall Ambassador. According to a person attended the event, there were guards who belonged to another company in charge of Carrefour there. I failed to identify the name of the company.
PRIMITIVE, BUT EFFECTIVE
The most astonishing part for me was the way they extinguish fire. They tackle it. In this modern era, for them, fire extinguisher was just an additional. They use burlap. Wet gunny sacks, seriously! Master Fire was posing like a boxer, but he was saying “….hide ….. cover your hands….” Definitely it was not for karate. He was teaching how to use burlap as your shield and tackle fire.
It was the training how to seal the fire. Cutting chemical reaction between oxygen in the atmosphere and fuel, and goodbye disaster. It was not so easy. They needed to show endurance to heat and courage to against big flames.
For the first part of the training, trainees dealt with relatively small ones, one by one. Second part was larger, then two guards made a team to cover larger areas. One gunnysack, two, and if there were still flame between them, third was thrown on. Don’t you think it’s cool? With the minimum equipment, security guards can extinguish fire.
INEFFICIENT IS THE MOST EFFICIENT
Why do they carry on such a primitive way? The answer is its efficiency. It is possible for a mall managing company to equip developed fire extinguishing machines, but they need to lower costs. Indonesia’s minimum wage is still low, and it would take time for companies to spend money for expensive devices.
You would have noticed that there are so many security guards everywhere. low labor cost is a reason, and there are so many risks. It is becoming better, but the fear for terrorism is not yet diminished. Heavy tasks for security guards already, but also as disaster fighters, too. I heard that some did take great role to deal with massive flood in several factories.
ITC Kuningan and Mall Ambassador are doing the fire fighting training once in three months. Not only male guards but also females. There was a female security guard doing well in the training. Her male partner was afraid of fire and it took time for him to tackle fire, but she was fast. No hesitation.
Hypothetically if the fire was only on floor and not reaching walls, the primitive way can extinguish it. I imagined a day 10 or 20 security guards made a team and accomplish the mission. Their practice is really helpful for households, too. Don’t forget to prepare a gunny sack. Alternatively, you need a thick cloth or towel and find a water place. If your house has a fire extinguisher, please check where exactly it is and you understand how to use it. Unfortunately, I am not sure I would be able to find it in Jakarta when I need.