Fire Evacuation Drill

There is a legal requirement for employers to look after the health and safety of their staff, contractors, customers and members of the public. This includes all aspects of fire safety, particularly the safe egress from the premises in the event of an emergency.

The Evacuation Drill tries to present a simulation of a fire or other emergency evacuation situation.

Simply put the fire alarm is activated and the building occupants are required to implement their emergency procedures. The Evacuation Drill is observed by a drill co-ordinator who will evaluate and report on proceedings. Any issues will be highlighted and recommendations made regarding appropriate improvements. The drill is recorded in the logbook.

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The evacuation drill helps to test the effectiveness of the emergency plan and consolidate staff training. It is required by law and there are penalties for non-compliance.

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Fire evacuation drills are required in any premises where an evacuation procedure is in place. The relevant British Standards (including; , PAS 79:2012 , BS 9991:2015 , BS 9999:2008, BS 8629:2019, BS 9997:2019 , PD 7974-6:2019 and others), advocates premises conduct a Evacuation Drill least once, but preferably twice, in any 12 month period.

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Workplaces need a plan for emergencies that can have a wider impact. Special procedures are needed for emergencies such as serious injuries, explosion, flood, poisoning, electrocution, fire, release of radioactivity and chemical spills.

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Quick and effective action may help to ease the situation and reduce the consequences. However, in emergencies people are more likely to respond reliably if they:

  • are well trained and competent
  • take part in regular and realistic practice
  • have clearly agreed, recorded and rehearsed plans, actions and responsibilities
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You should write an emergency plan if a major incident at your workplace could involve risks to the public, rescuing employees or co-ordinating emergency services.

What’s Included in your FutureSure Evacuation Drill?

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Complete service

We support both tenants and building managers in helping practice a smooth, well-organised evacuation which tests the emergency plan and makes sure building occupants are prepared in a fire emergency.

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Minimal Disruption

We understand that fire drills can be disruptive with the potential to inconvenience some tenants, which is why we schedule with their needs in mind. The time-consuming task of notifying key personnel is no longer an issue, as our dedicated team will inform them for you.

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Post Drill Evaluation and Debrief

Our expert drill co-ordinators will initiate and observe the evacuation, identifying both strengths and areas for improvement. Afterwards, fire wardens are debriefed on all aspects of the drill as well as general fire safety to enhance awareness and improve future evacuations.

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Minimising Risks

We’re committed to helping ensure your properties and people are safe. With this in mind, we make every effort to carry out a visual check of the main means of escape prior to your drill to help ensure that they’re clear from obstruction.

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Clear Reporting

All of our findings are detailed in a straightforward report so you can monitor the effectiveness of your fire safety measures.

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Emergency Evacuation Drill (Active+)

Upon successful completion of a FutureSure Emergency Evacuation Drill your company/premises then qualifies for a FutureSure Active+ Emergency Evacuation Drill at your next scheduled emergency evacuation (6 monthly or annually); at this point the emergency evacuation procedure is clearly understood by your employees who have evidenced they can carry out the Emergency Evacuation Plan effectively with little to no issues in a straightforward evacuation.

The next level of evacuation drill, the FutureSure Active+ Emergency Evacuation Drill encourages critical thinking and prepares your staff for flexibility and calm in a genuine emergency situation.

What’s included in the Active+ Emergency Evacuation Drill?

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Consultation with your fire marshal/s or managers prior to the drill to discuss the standard emergency evacuation plan, identify weaknesses and discuss roles.

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The alarm will sound and employees would carry out an evacuation as normal.

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The normal evacuation route will be blocked, either the presence of ‘fire’ or other simulated hazard, or the door or stairs are blocked or locked meaning employees have to critically think, and find alternate routes to a place of safety.

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Roles, actions and the simulation at large are observed, recorded and reviewed by the fire marshal/s and/or managers with the consultant identifying and discussing positive and negative aspects of the evacuation drill, what was done well by the employees, where did they struggle, how can the information, training, instruction and supervision be improved.

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A detailed report evidencing participation and identifying strengths and weaknesses is then received within seven days of the evacuation drill.

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Note: Active+ Emergency Evacuation Drills may not be suitable for all workforces or premises. The Active+ Emergency Evacuation Drill is only available upon completion of a successful standard emergency evacuation drill which aids in assessing the suitability of a more complex evacuation simulation. The next scheduled evacuation drill, either six months or a year later, should be a standard evacuation drill again to avoid confusion of the workforce.