Students and staff in Nova Scotia classrooms are safer than ever as a result of improvements to the fire safety process in schools. Schools across the province are implementing a new process that reflects changes to the Fire Safety Act. The act was amended in 2002 to adopt the national fire code as the provincial standard. The national code clearly defines responsibilities for ensuring fire safety. “The Department of Education and its schools and school boards were quick to begin working with us on a better process for fire safety,” said Nova Scotia fire marshal Bob Cormier. “This new process sets out specific responsibilities and accountability measures for schools to make fire safety a greater day-to-day priority.” The new process includes daily, weekly and monthly inspections of various parts of each school’s fire safety equipment. Checks are logged to confirm they were completed and to note any maintenance needs. Monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual maintenance duties are also included in the process. Mr. Cormier presented an award on Monday, Sept. 26, to Berwick and District School for being the first in the province to fully implement the new process. The presentation was made during a school board maintenance conference in Truro. “I want to congratulate the principal, the teachers and staff, and the students of Berwick and District School for their efforts in making their school more fire-safety conscious,” said Mike Sweeney, senior executive director of public schools with the Department of Education. “We hope other schools across the province will emulate their safety mindset.” The Nova Scotia school system is a leader in this fire safety effort. Other provinces are interested in copying the process. The fire marshal’s office is also working on similar processes for health-care facilities and has nearly completed a training program for all correctional facilities.