How do we respond to alarms?

We hear alarms on a daily basis, home security or car alarms can be an extreme annoyance, most people ignore them and just keep walking by. Have you ever been in a busy supermarket when a fire alarm sounds? People have become so accustomed to false alarms being a nuisance and not a real emergency and just keep on shopping. In terms of responding to emergencies and coordination of a site evacuation the reaction of the people at a site is critical to the success of an evacuation and everyone’s safety. Chief Wardens and Wardens are the key to a successful emergency plan as they will be dealing face to face with, at times angry and aggressive building occupants.

TasFire Training can provide lifesaving skills and knowledge to employees who have a warden role. Wardens who are confident in what they need to do and responsive in accordance with the emergency plan are crucial. To read more about modern day emergency challenges and public attitudes please click here;

https://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/south-east/shoppers-ignore-warning-signals-at-frankstons-bayside-shopping-centre/story-fngnvmhm-1227469874729

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT –TASFIRE TRAINING

Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) has recently conducted a review of service delivery, including services offered by TasFireTraining, TFS’ commercial training division.

From April 2021 TasFire Training will no longer be delivering training courses to the non-government sector apart from those workplaces that have on site Emergency Response Teams. We would like to thank you for your custom over the period we have built our relationship.

We understand that this is a big change, however this will allow TFS to focus on supporting the emergency response capability of government departments and emergency response teams in high risk industries with the resources we have available. The following links provide information on issues of compliance:

We recommend that you review the following Worksafe document: Managing the work environment and also refer to Section 5 Emergency Plans, and this fact sheet Fact sheet -Emergency Plans.

WHS Legislation requires workplaces to have an emergency plan in place and people are appropriately trained. The following is a Worksafe link to a code of practice laws-and-compliance / codes-of-practice

Advice on development and legislative requirements on Fire Evacuation Plans for specified buildings go to Evacuation Plans.

Scheduled public courses will proceed until the March 31, 2021and can be found here.

We undertake to monitor impacts of this decision on the sector over time and we encourage you to seek out an alternative training provider that meets your needs.

If you have any concerns or have any further questions please contact Acting Director of Training Jeff Harper on (03) 61665500 or by email to Jeffrey.Harper@fire.tas.gov.au with the Subject: TasFire Training – withdrawal of services.

Justin Young
Manager–TasFireTraining

 

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