What do you do when a mandatory fire drill requires more than 250 people to be evacuated from a downtown Pittsburgh office?
Why, throw a picnic, of course.
It wasn’t business as usual at Schneider Downs on July 14, as the entire Pittsburgh office evacuated the office as part of a required fire drill. The exercise was developed to ensure that Schneider Downs has an appropriate emergency exit strategy. Collectively, yet peacefully, each of the seven floors in the Pittsburgh office evacuated the building according to a plan mapped out by Aaron Dolan, the firm’s office manager. In fact, the drill was executed perfectly (thanks to the volunteer efforts of several team members) in less than 20 minutes.
Immediately upon the conclusion of the fire drill, however, the office discovered a cookout behind the building, complete with hot dogs, potato chips and, of course, cookies. The idea was to take the nuisance of a fire drill and convert it to a lively picnic in the middle of a random summer weekday.
“It’s essential that all of our professionals are comfortable with the plans we have in place in case of an emergency,” according to Dolan. “But once we got everybody outside, it was just too good of an opportunity to pass up.”
Or, as another member of Schneider Downs put it, “Leave it to Schneider Downs to bring hot dogs to a fire drill.”
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