Emergency Planning

Emergency Planning

by Mick O'Brien

At fire Safety Ireland we have many years of experience in drawing up fire Emergency procedures and plans. No matter if you are a business or a landlord it is an important requirement that you or your company must perpare for.

A fire emergency evacuation plan (FEEP) is a written document which includes the action to be taken by all staff in the event of fire and the arrangements for calling the fire brigade. It can include any relevant information in relation to the FEEP.

General Fire Notice For small premises this could take the form of a simple fire action sign posted in positions where staff and relevant persons can read it and become familiar with its contents.

Large premises will need more detailed emergency evacuation plan which takes account of the findings of the risk assessment, e.g. the staff significantly at risk and their location. In addition notices giving clear and concise instructions of the routine to be followed in case of fire should be prominently displayed.

In certain cases you should nominate persons to implement the fire action plan and give them adequate training in fire fighting and evacuation procedures. The following items should be considered where appropriate:

-Fire evacuation strategy
-Action on discovering a fire
-Action on hearing the fire alarm
-Calling the fire brigade
-Power/process isolation
-Identification of key escape routes
-Fire wardens/marshals
-Places of assembly and roll call
-Fire fighting equipment provided
-Training required
-Personal Emergence Evacuation Plan
-Liaison with emergency services