The corps will from time to time hold a fire drill and this may be during a worship meeting.
Despite the picture on the left, the fire alarm is not a bell. It sounds similar to a police car’s wailing siren. The sounding alarm is complemented by a flashing red light on the wall behind the Songsters and elsewhere in the building.
If you are not familiar with exit routes, please consult the fire notices on display throughout the hall (reproduced below).
When the alarm sounds, leave quickly and orderly; do not run; do not stop to collect belongings.
Go to the assembly point, which is in Florence Close (NOT Florence Gardens). Nobody may re-enter the building after a fire alarm evacuation until told it is safe to do so. In the case of a drill the authorised person will be the commanding officer. In the case of real fire, it is a member of the fire brigade.
An aerial view of the hall showing above escape routes:
Extra copies of the fire plan had appeared since the previous week and notices directing people to the assembly point had been erected. So the observant may have guessed it was the day. Fire marshals (sadly this time without high-visibility vests) took up their positions and everyone gathered in Florence Close.
Many of the Salvationists thought this would be a good opportunity for an open-air meeting. It could have been because some of the congregation managed to salvage Bibles, song books and even musical instruments!
As a precaution staff at the fire station opposite the hall were told what was happening in case they got a call. Reflecting on that, it would have added realism if they had pulled a couple of fire engines out of the station across the road to sit outside the hall!!
After a very successful drill, Major Wright invited people to return to the hall. To help the congregation to return to an attitude of worship the band played a hymn tune. “Send the Fire”!