The SM CDO Malls and the BFP conducted the 2nd Nationwide Fire Drill on High-Density Occupancies, at 8:30 AM today, July 31, 2023. This is to evaluate the Malls’ preparedness and drills based on the Bureau of Fire and Protection standards. Officers from BFP joined this activity to equip employees and tenants on the malls’ evacuation procedures and emergency response protocols. This is a strategic Public-Private Partnership to show commitment to the creation of risk-resilient societies and advocacy of promoting disaster risk reduction (DRR) in the country.
Mall personnel and management were guided by SM Fire Brigade Team to familiarize the fire alarm and evacuation signals. It also served as an opportunity to educate them on their assigned duties in the event of an emergency, activate evacuation routes, and designate evacuation areas and procedures.
Scenarios in SM CDO Downtown simulated fire occurrences in restaurants and mall canopy. There were also scenarios of victim rescue and bringing them to the standby ambulance.
In SM City CDO Uptown, BFP Officers demonstrated their mastery of the evacuation drill and showed their fire-fighting skills with the use of fire extinguishers and fire hoses to mall employees. SM Emergency Response Team also demonstrated first aid response and proper medical procedures in case of fire.
It is a staunch commitment of the SM Supermalls to ensure preparedness and to elevate a more equipped team during emergencies. With this, shoppers are assured of a safer shopping experience.