I just experienced my first fire drill in Taiwan. I have done many before in the U.S. and some in Germany. But this one was the weirdest.
It began with our secretary telling me this morning that there will be a fire drill at 13:30, and that I should come to her office, so she can take me to our designated waiting area. I thought weird, why do they announce the drill in advance.
Well, it was about 13:30, no alarm sounded yet, but I heard many people on the hallway leaving the building. I thought I might have missed the alarm, so I asked the secretary but she was puzzled herself. So I went back to my office. 2 minutes later, still no alarm, but the secretary came to pick me up to go outside. Another 2 minutes later, we were standing outside waiting with more than 80% of the other employees. After another 2 minutes, the rest of our group arrived, telling us, that there was finally an alarm.
Well, what kind of drill was that? They announce it in advance, so those who need a break have a chance to leave early. They wait until large portion of the employees are outside before they finally decide to sound the alarm. :loco: :loco:
For some reason, I don’t feel that save here, and the leak in my office window frame does not add to that feeling either. I just hope that there will never be a fire here, or at least, that they announce the fire a couple of days in advance. But on the other hand, what good does a fire drill do anyway, when people just walk outside, like they would any other time. I just read a couple of days ago, that they were able to evacuate the Airbus A380 within 80 sec. That are how many people? 600? 700? Anyway, that was way faster than our fire drill today.