Innovative safety initiative enhances resilience in Minas Gerais schools

November 20, 2023

Intensive training and education programs for safer schools

The Fire Department of Minas Gerais (CBMMG) has embarked on a mission to enhance the safety and resilience of schools across the state.

In the past two years, nearly 2,500 training sessions have been conducted, focusing on emergency situations like falls, fractures, cuts, electric shocks, fires, and even violent attacks.

These sessions aim to instill a culture of prevention and emotional control during emergencies, equipping school staff with the knowledge to provide first aid and handle crises effectively​​.

Project Salvar Kids: A cornerstone of the initiative

A key component of this initiative is the Project Salvar Kids, developed by the Fundação Salvar.

This project targets school employees, offering them training in Basic Life Support (SBV) for communities.

It emphasizes practical skills in handling accidents involving neonates, infants, and children, both preventively and in providing initial care until professional help arrives​​.

Expanding the scope: Future plans and collaborations

The initial phase of Project Salvar Kids, conducted in June, successfully trained 540 individuals, including 480 members from 8 Tiradentes colleges in the RMBH region and 60 from the Francisco Sales State School – Institute of Speech and Hearing Disability.

Future plans of the Fundação Salvar include integrated activities with mining companies to promote a culture of prevention among children and youth, especially in High Rescue Zones (ZAS).

This involves training students in practical actions such as social cartography, escape routes, and risk perception​​.

Practical application: The Ouro Preto case study

A recent example of this initiative in action was at the Monsenhor João Castilho Barbosa School in Ouro Preto.

Here, the “Firefighters in Schools” program engaged 35 children, aged 9 to 10, and two teachers in a comprehensive safety training. The training included lessons on adopting safe behaviors during fires, emergency evacuation without inhaling smoke, and general emergency response strategies.

Additionally, children learned when and how to contact emergency services (number 193) and received guidance on first aid and preventing domestic accidents​​.

Statewide impact: Towards a safer educational environment

The CBMMG’s overarching goal is to foster a safe educational environment across Minas Gerais.

The 2,491 training sessions conducted between 2022 and 2023 signify a commitment to this goal, aiming to build a resilient school community.

These initiatives are transforming classrooms into spaces where students learn to be agents of social change, sharing the acquired safety knowledge with their families and thus spreading a culture of resilience and prevention throughout the community​​.

FSJA Comment

The proactive approach taken by the Fire Department of Minas Gerais in enhancing the safety and resilience of schools is a significant stride in community safety.

The comprehensive training provided to school staff and students is not just about responding to emergencies, but about building a culture of prevention and awareness.

This initiative reflects a deep understanding of the role education plays in shaping a safer future.

By empowering students and teachers with the knowledge and skills to handle emergencies, the CBMMG is fostering a generation that is better equipped to deal with potential dangers.

The collaborative efforts with various organizations, including the mining sector, further underscore the importance of community involvement in safety education.

This initiative sets a benchmark for other regions to follow, showcasing how proactive measures in education can lead to a safer, more resilient community.

About The Fire Department of Minas Gerais

The Fire Department of Minas Gerais (CBMMG) is responsible for firefighting, rescues, civil defense, and prevention activities in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais.

They play a crucial role in ensuring public safety and have been actively involved in various community outreach programs aimed at promoting safety and resilience, especially in educational settings.

Please note that this article may have been translated using automated software; unintended translation errors may be present.

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