Warning - thread contains relatively vivid depictions of a fire disaster where people lost their lives.
I had to attend a fire safety training session yesterday. At the very beginning of the session we were asked in a semi jokey way whether anyone was of a nervous disposition before a video was shown.
The video was footage of the Bradford football ground fire disaster in the 80s. It was mainly of the actual stand going up in flames dead quick, but also featured smouldering people desparately throwing themselves over barriers and advertising hoardings, people with their hair on fire, people on the pitch from the other side of the ground laughing and celebrating, old ladies being dragged out of the stand to safety and finally a man fully engulfed in flames collapsing onto the pitch while people tried to put him out.
There was then a graphic showing the locations of the people who died, all huddled into alcoves at the back of the stand by locked fire escapes, and we were told that their bodies were found piled on top of each other against the locked doors.
The particular circumstances of this disaster are of very little relevance to my colleagues beyond the fact that you shouldn’t lock fire escapes (none of us have keys anyway). It was all shown just to shock us so that we’d take the training session seriously.
I know someone who died in a house fire two years ago and it was a really horrible experience sitting through this video and thinking about the awful last moments that this person must have gone through.
This is pretty shitty and irresponsible isn’t it? Just trying to think how I should word the email to the person running the training as they meant well and are trying to do a difficult job but…