A Fire Evacuation drill should be carried out at least twice a year at six monthly intervals where possible.
An evacuation drill forms a key element of your fire safety management strategies as the drill practices the applied emergency procedures and ensures Fire Marshals are fully aware and able to demonstrate their responsibilities in an emergency situation as is required as a key factor to managerial compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
The purpose and the objectives of any fire evacuation drill include:
To identify any weaknesses in the evacuation strategy;
To test the procedure following any recent alteration or changes to working practices;
To familiarise new occupants with procedures;
To test the arrangements for disabled people,
To identifying weaknesses in emergency communications procedures and systems;
To identifying positive and negative reactions of staff with designated responsibilities such as Fire Marshals.
The evacuation should be for all occupants of the building except those who may need to ensure the security of the premises, or people who, on a risk-assessed basis, are required to remain with particular equipment or processes that cannot be closed down.
Premises that consist of several buildings on the same site should be dealt with one building at a time over an appropriate period unless the emergency procedure dictates otherwise.
Where appropriate, you may find it helpful to include members of the public in your fire drill - ensuring that all necessary health and safety issues are addressed before you do so.
Our Fire Evacuation Drill supervisory service commences with a short training brief with Fire Marshals, our Consultant will then supervise the evacuation and monitor the control of the evacuation assembly point. The Consultant will then debrief the Fire Marshals providing feedback of performance and improvement standards.