How to deal with a fire
If you discover a fire, break a glass call point, dial 999 and follow the evacuation procedures below.
Follow the “How to manage an Evacuation” guide then refer to the “Key roles for supporting a fire evacuation” (see header below).
Note – Regular testing and exercising are important to ensure personnel are familiar with their roles.
Evacuate the building
How to manage an evacuation
Key roles for supporting a fire evacuation
Fire Wardens report to assembly point
- Ensure that everyone in your area, including any visitors or contractors evacuates the building quickly and safely.
- Ensure any person with special needs is able to evacuate.
- Make a quick check of your area on the way out.
- Ensure people go to the correct and safe assembly point.
- Do not allow anyone to re-enter the building or leave the assembly point until it is confirmed that it is safe to do so.
- Report to the Person in Control (PiC) at the assembly point to advise/confirm the situation for your area.
- If a Work Area Manager (WAM) reports to you that someone is missing pass this information to the PiC.
- Specific security procedures, such as the securing of assets, should only be performed if they can be done without placing people at risk.
Work Area Managers report to assembly point
- Where available, bring attendance sheets with you to the assembly point.
- Try to account for all your team. Report anyone missing to a fire warden, along with where they were last seen.
First Aiders report to assembly point
- Ensure that first aid equipment is taken to the assembly point.
- Report to PiC at assembly point to advise / confirm the situation for your area.
People with special duties report to assembly point (ie. gate / door keepers, receptionists etc)
- Report to the PiC at assembly point to advise / confirm the situation for your area.
Person in Control reports to assembly point
- Confirm that the fire evacuation procedures are underway, as set out in your fire evacuation plan.
- Ensure that any information that may help in trying to account for everyone, and assist the Emergency Services, is taken to the assembly point, eg. signing-on sheets, visitors’ book and site log book.
- Ensure that fire wardens and people with special duties report to you to confirm that the building is clear or otherwise, eg. Receptionists, Doorkeepers, Security, First Aiders, Gate House.
- Do not allow any person to re-enter the building or leave the assembly point until it is confirmed that it is safe to do so.
Co-ordinate with Emergency Services
- Use the unit plan, to notify the Group Property & Facilities Solutions Helpdesk, Central Postal Control (CPC), Ops Control (if you work for PFW), and your line manager, who will have access to the contingency plans.
- Use the incident log to manage the incident and ensure that contingency arrangements are deployed as necessary.
Conduct a formal review
If in doubt at any stage always call Central Postal Control (CPC)
Central Postal Control deals with issues on a regular basis and will be able to talk you through how to deal with any situation.