Interim department-wide fire safety training strategy

Over the past 10 years there have been significant improvements in the engineering and the fire safety systems installed in the department’s residential services offering 24 hour supported accommodation, in Disability Services (DS), Children Youth and Families (CYF) and Secured Services (SS).    

These improvements have removed the necessity for staff to manage all aspects of a fire situation. The strategy now focuses on Safe Place and Safe People, the safety of people as a first priority is addressed through safe engineering controls, supported through an effective evacuation procedure and allowing the installed equipment to manage any fire. The use of first attack emergency equipment by staff is no longer recommended as part of fire and emergency management.

As a result, an interim department-wide fire safety training strategy was developed that will ensure staff are equipped with the required fire and emergency response skills and knowledge, by:

  • Continuing to mandate that all staff undertake skills based induction training (prior to undertaking a shift in an accommodation facility).
  • Requiring that staff participate in ongoing skills maintenance activities including:
    • completing an orientation checklist (on their first shift at a new work location),
    • completing at least one weekly checklist a year and
    • carrying out at least one evacuation exercise a year
  • making available on-line resources for staff to review and maintain their ongoing fire and emergency response skills and knowledge.

Note: staff will not be formally re-assessed as competent every two years.

Continue to exceed the Australian Standard AS 3745 - 2010 Planning for emergencies in facilities (AS3745) .This standard is produced by Standards Australia and is widely accepted throughout the industry as the benchmark when it comes to implementing emergency procedures and training within an organisation.

Further information

For more information on induction and requirements related to your work, and maintenance of ongoing skills read the fact sheet below.

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