Fire Evacuation Procedures

Emergency Plan advises that Fire Evacuation Procedures is a required component of a buildings emergency plan under AS 3745 - 2010 Planning for emergencies in facilities. The Australian Standard requires the Fire Evacuation Procedures to allow for:

  • Responsibilities, obligations and duties of the Emergency Control Organisation including the actions they are to take during a building emergency with Fire Evacuation Procedures
  • Responsibilities of building occupants including their expected responses during a real life emergency to be explained in the Fire Evacuation Procedures
  • Provisions for evacuating the facility expeditiously as described in the Fire Evacuation Procedures
  • Emergency preparedness and response measures for Fire Evacuation Procedures
  • Existing emergency contact details for authorities to be available during Fire Evacuation Procedures

Fire Evacuation Procedures: Emergency Planning Committee

A building's Emergency Planning Committee with the facility's owners, managers and tenants are responsible for determining the specific information to be included in the Fire Evacuation Procedures.

Emergency Plan staff are able to support those charged with that responsibility by providing specialist advice and services. We will develop and document the Fire Evacuation Procedures component of the emergency plan, ensuring its relevance to the facility, its people and its processes. The Fire Evacuation Procedures will also comply with industry Standards such as AS 4083 - 2010 Planning for emergencies - Health care facilities (where applicable) and AS 3745 that in part, nominates the elements of the Fire Evacuation Procedures as:

  • Fire Evacuation Procedures,
    • Warning and communication methods needed in the Fire Evacuation Procedures;
    • ECO, occupant and visitor evacuation action to be considered;
    • Type of evacuation necessary for differing emergencies;
    • Location of assembly areas listed in the Fire Evacuation Procedures.
  • Fire Evacuation Procedures to consider,
    • After hours procedures to be adopted in the Fire Evacuation Procedures;
    • Communications equipment and its use;
    • An evacuation process for persons having a disability;
    • Impact of particular emergencies on escape routes;
    • Characteristics of, and hazards from external sources to the building nominated in the Fire Evacuation Procedures;
    • Organisational arrangements including human resources
    • Visitors/staff unfamiliar with the Fire Evacuation procedures;
    • Roles of specialist staff during an emergency;
    • Use and characteristics of the facility in the Fire Evacuation Procedures;
    • Vehicular movement within and by the building.
  • Recommendations for Fire Evacuation Procedures,
    • Communications with adjoining neighbours;
    • Identification of a control / coordination / communication point in the Fire Evacuation Procedures;
    • Information and instruction on the use of Fire Evacuation equipment during an emergency in the Fire Evacuation Procedures;
    • Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPs) for occupants with a disability;
    • First aid officer duties specified in the Fire Evacuation Procedures;
    • Contact with the media.

Fire Evacuation Procedures: Emergency Plan

Once these and other elements have been evaluated and a determination has been made regarding which elements will be used to formulate the Fire Evacuation ProceduresEmergency Plan is able to collect 'site specific' (Fire Evacuation specific) information and prepare it for inclusion in the emergency plan's Fire Evacuation Procedures under AS 3745.

A documented Fire Evacuation Procedure will form the basis of the safety training programs that Emergency Plan is able to produce and deliver to ensure all personnel are competently able to carry out their designated responsibilities and duties.

Emergency Plan also ensures the documented Fire Evacuation Procedures are structured so that they may be easily amended at any time following an organisational change, alterations to fire safety and emergency safety features, the identification of a deficiency or a scheduled review.

Fire Evacuation Procedures: Compliance Package

When Fire Evacuation Procedures are documented and incorporated into a safety emergency plan and an annual training safety program is implemented, a facility's emergency planning committee in association with the facility's owners, managers, occupiers and employers are well on their way to meeting the requirements of AS 3745. Refer to our 'Emergency Planning Compliance Package' for further details, including Fire Evacuation Procedures.

Building Legislation Table: Fire Evacuation Procedures

Refer to our Building Legislation Table for further information surrounding Fire Evacuation Procedures in your State/Territory.