Last week had an opportunity to have the Shawnigan Lake Fire Department come and do a fire safety and fire extinguisher course with some of our staff. We had those in Maintenance, Housekeeping, Kitchen and Student Services attend the training. Safety is a major priority at our school, and we want to ensure that we are confident in handling all issues. In the training, we were taught about the different types of fire and the nature of each type. After learning about the types of fire we were then allowed to practice using a fire extinguisher to ensure our confidence. If you are involved in a fire, remember R.A.C.E. to help you respond safely and correctly:

R – Rescue anyone in immediate danger from fire, if it does not endanger your life

A – Alarm, sound the alarm of the building / 911

C – Confine the fire by closing all the doors

E – Extinguish the fire if small or Evacuate if the fire is larger To use fire extinguishers correctly, remember the P.A.S.S. acronym:

P – Pull the Pin

A – Aim at the base of the fire

S – Squeeze the handle

S – Sweep from side to side of the fire Thank you Shawnigan Lake Volunteer Fire Department for this helpful training!


St. John’s Academy is a growing IB (International Baccalaureate) school nestled against Shawnigan Lake on Canada’s Vancouver Island. It intentionally brings together both local and international boarding students so that all of our students have an enriching and academically rigorous experience.



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