Fire Wardens are the first responders to fire alarm activations and will follow the agreed call-out protocol in respect of summoning the Fire & Rescue Service.
Fire Wardens attending fire alarm activations will investigate the cause of the alarm and assist in directing people toward the fire assembly point, ensuring safety, supporting the fire fighters and ensuring that people do not enter the building until it has been verified that to do so will be safe.
If a fire alarm sounds or if a fire is discovered, fire wardens are responsible for ensuring that the building has been evacuated and that, students/residents and other visitors present go to the fire assembly point(s) and remain there until it has been confirmed safe to re-enter the building by the Fire service. The fire warden for the building or place where the alarm has activated will verify whether anyone is unaccounted for and report this to the Fire Brigade Incident Officer.
In the event that the Fire Brigade was not called in response to the fire alarm activation, the decision to allow people to re-enter will be taken by the senior fire warden present.
If you discover a fire or other emergency for which the building should be evacuated activate the alarm using the nearest available break glass call point, you should then initiate ZHA’s Emergency call out procedure.
On arrival at the assembly point Wardens must check their registers. Registers, visitors book etc. will be taken out to the assembly point by the warden the result of this check must be reported to the Fire Marshall /Senior person present as soon as it is completed.
Fire wardens are responsible for ensuring corridors/buildings are cleared. Fire wardens should ensure that in the event of their absence, another member of staff is available to take over their duties:
All Fire Wardens should report to Fire Marshall that corridors/buildings are cleared.
1. The Fire Marshall / senior person present will liaise with the Fire Brigade on their arrival.
2.The building must not be re-entered until the Wardens are notified it is safe to do so by the Fire Brigade.
It should be stressed that no one in the building should delay their evacuation pending instructions from a Fire Warden. The absence of Fire Wardens should have no effect on the evacuation, but could affect the reliability of information that is passed on to the Fire Brigade when they arrive at the incident.
Your safety is really important to us. If there’s a fire look after yourself, and your family, by following this procedure:
If fire breaks out in your flat
Fire Action notices are behind the front door of each flat, and this will indicate evacuation route. We have fire action notices on every corridor and every floor throughout all the building, with emergency exit signs and route clearly indicated.
On activation of the fire alarm stop and collect any mobility aid that you require to assist your safe evacuation. Your warden will be aware of your disability and will inform the fire bridge accordingly to assist you evacuate.