Alarming alarms

Once a year, at work, we have to test the alarm and response procedures. Today was the day.
11.20 am alarm went off.
All co-workers went outside. One of my co-workers and I used the back stairs which are usually not used as everybody takes the much more comfortable inner stairs. To open the door was easy. Taking the steps in high heels was not as it was one of those raster thingies. My heel disappeared in them quite quickly.
The there was a door again. Clearly to ensure irritating juveniles in some delinquent form could not go up the stairs and take away all that lovely paper we produce (oh and the odd computer I guess). I digress. There was a door, which was kinda seemingly a bit locked. I had another go no still no movement. Images of being burned in a cage like construction came to mind. My co-worker stepped up to the plate. After two tries he managed to open the door and we walked out to the assembly point in the sun. By Health and Safety officers we were told to move as we were in the way of any emergency services if they arrived. Oh yeah sure, emergency services. Funny but we’ll move.

We were all assembled there and having a chat on how long it was going to take, when we got the announcement all clear we a going back inside. Tower A first (I am in D) People from A started moving when all of a sudden we hear ta-tu ta-tu ta-tu ta-tu ta-tu ta-tu ta-tu ta-tu etc.
All health and safety personnel held back, caught their breath and looked at the facility manager (in charge of this exercise)  Who in turn was changing colour, to white/grey with bright red spots in his neck appearing. Exactly at that moment we realised that the fire engines were driving at high speed past our building, but not turning into our driveway.
The look on the facility managers face – priceless

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About Gilraen

My blog is simply about my life. I moved countries for the first time in 1993. I lived in the Netherlands, UK and NZ. The initial idea was to keep my overseas friends up-to-date with what was going on in my life. The blog, like me, is always changing and evolving.
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One Response to Alarming alarms

  1. Gilraen says:

    egeltje wrote on Sep 24
    We once vacated the floor due to the burglar alarm. They hadn’t taught us that there were two types of alarm, a less loud burglar alarm and a really annoying fire alarm. At the day mentioned, the new cafeteria lady got herself locked on an empty floor and she just punched numbers on the alarm system to get attention, because she could not get out with her badge and there were no working phones…

    gilraensurion wrote on Sep 26
    Alarms some great side effect. Always fun I think

    netheandersen wrote on Oct 1
    Ha-ha! What a coincidence. Very funny!

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