Chinese Fire Drill Is Incredibly Intense

(Photos: Xinhua/Fan Jun)

In the United States, school fire drills are so universal that there's almost no need for training: when the alarm sounds, file out of the building, assemble in an open area, then wait for the fire department to investigate.

At this school in China, the process is very different. Students at the Nanhu Vocational School in Hongkou District, Shanghai, perform fire drills with real fire. They hold cloths over their faces and run through a fiery gauntlet representing a burning school hallway. Once they've escaped the fire, students are expected to pick up fire extinguishers and return to the scene to put it out.

-via Oddity Central

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We used to have fun at our kids' primary school - fire-drills were variable. Sometimes a door would be blocked (a teacher standing in front of it), sometimes one of the corridors. Each time was different. Most of the staff didn't know a drill was coming, and only one or two knew what the hazard would be. We used to get 400 children out in under two minutes and lined up in under three. Except the one time we tried it after hours when just the cleaners and teachers were there. Not one got up and left.
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