Emergency Evacuation Warden / Fire Marshal
In the event of a fire breaking out or an emergency occurring, employees who have been properly trained should be more confident in their ability to deal with the situation. They are more likely to remain calm and follow the emergency procedures you have established, with their response more proficient as a result.
They will also be better placed to make an assessment of the risk posed and the available means of evacuation.
If there is a fire in the building would employees know what to do? Are they familiar with the system that would alert them to evacuate or lockdown? Do they know who is in charge during an emergency? Are employees familiar with their responsibilities for building and information security? Can they carry out their assigned responsibilities during an emergency or business disruption?
Training is essential to ensure that everyone knows what to do when there is an emergency. Everyone needs training to become familiar with protective actions for life safety (e.g., evacuation, lockdown). Evacuation drills (“fire drills”) as required by local regulations should also be conducted at least once a year.
Below are the course contents:
Emergency Evacuation Warden/Fire Marshal
- Types of emergencies that might be encountered in a workplace
- The differences between an emergency and an incident
- Probable types of emergencies that may occur in a specific workplace
- The effect of emergencies in the workplace in terms of their impact on personnel health, safety and production
- Various responses to an alarm
- Types of alarms that must be responded to
- Procedures to be followed in the event of a specific alarm in terms of worksite emergency policies
- The purposes and the importance of adhering to symbolic, mandatory, statutory and informative warnings and signs
- Actions required of a safety officer in an assembly area
- Procedure to account for and record all evacuated parties in accordance with safety and workplace procedures
- Methods utilized to account for and record all parties not evacuated in terms of the impact on people and emergency workers
- Procedures to organize emergency teams with reference to speedy response time by mutual aiders
- Information to mutual aiders in terms of them rendering a professional service.
- The functions of an emergency control centre.
- Records required of the events of an emergency in terms of regulations and organizational procedures
- Communication structures at the emergency with examples of how they work and flow
- Types of information required to manage the emergency in terms of regulatory requirements and safety of people and property
Employees expected to undertake the role of fire marshals (often called fire wardens) would require more comprehensive training. Their role may include:
- helping those on the premises to leave;
- checking the premises to ensure everyone has left;
- using firefighting equipment if safe to do so;
- liaising with the fire and rescue service on arrival;
- shutting down vital or dangerous equipment; and
- performing a supervisory/managing role in any emergency situation.