Training day

Today we had a training on fire-fighting at the office. Now it was a serious affair but the trainer had all of us so much engrossed in the training that we didn’t even realize that we were in that class for about 4 hours!
It was the jovial nature of the trainer and the several anecdotes that he had, which kept us interested in a training which could have otherwise become as boring as any other class.
At the start of the class, he asked us to give the emergency numbers. So we narrated 100, 101, 102 and so on. He narrated a joke wherein a software engineer goes to a police station to complain about something. The constable asked for Rs. 100 (bribe of course or the “suvidha shulk” as it is called in slang). So the lady got angry and asked why should she give money. The constable pointed to a board and said, “Madame, I am not asking for something extra. See it’s written there – Police – 100”!
Now, there was this one place wherein he was telling us how to use the different types of fire extinguishers. There is this one catgory in which you have to punch the top of the extinguisher which then pushes a needle inside to break the seal inside. The foam then comes out. So he said thrice in a loud voice – “punch strongly, punch strongly, punch strongly”. He then explained that he needed to stress on this especially while training Us. Dumb? No that was because otherwise there was a risk that we would do a “tick” (single click) on the seal and when it wouldn’t work, we would do “tick, tick” (double click)!! “Software engineers” have created quite a name for themselves!
Then there was this second category of extinguishers in which you have to rotate the knob to release the carbon-di-oxide gas. Now most of the screws/nuts open on rotating anticlockwise and close when you give them clockwise turns. He narrated an anecdote of his friend who owned a BMW and whose driver was incidentally on a day-off. Now this friend of his had to go out and on the way he had a flat tyre. What would he do..he got down and gingerly tried to replace the tyre. In his effort to unscrew the tyre, he rotated the spanner clockwise and tightened the nut/bolts. A passing auto-rickshaw driver looked at him pityingly and in typical bangalorean tone, he said “saar, lefto loosoo” (meaning rotate to your left to loosen). [ All of us had a good laugh but that narration made sure that we wouldn’t forget easily something which we encounter daily but forget to remember at times of emergency! ]
Then he was giving us a list of do’s and don’ts during an emergency. He was quite right when he said that most of the fire fighters would be more acquainted with the local language than English (and accented English is a complete no-no). So he said that while we are in Karnataka, we should be acquainted with two words for sure – no it’s not “gotilla” or “maadi”! The words are “bemki” (binki) and “hou” (or hau).First one means fire and second means snake. So the anecdote that he related was that of a software engineer who was strolling in the lush campus when a gardener shouted – “Madam, hau”. The lady, quite naturally, misunderstood and said “I’m fine. Thank you. How are you?”
To top it all, there was this quote from him which we would not forget in a very long time to come! There was this hissing sound made by the extinguisher which had Carbon di oxide coming out at a very high pressure. He then asked us if we were wondering why was that extinguisher making so much noise. With tongue in cheek, he said, “Whenever a gas is released at pressure, it makes noise”!
Until next, have fun and keep safe!


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