Evacuation Coordination Procedures - Emergency Response Procedures : BFSR

Mandatory provisions in the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 (BFSR) and industry "best practice" Australian Standard AS 3745 - 2010 Planning for emergencies in facilities, requires that a Fire and Evacuation Plan - Emergency Plan details preparedness, prevention and response activities, including emergency roles, responsibilities, strategies, systems and arrangements. Key components of the Fire and Evacuation Plan - Emergency Plan are Evacuation Coordination Procedures (to BFSR 2008 requirements) and Emergency Response Procedures (to AS 3745 - 2010 requirements) that identify:

  • QLD_evac_coord_procedureResponsibilities and duties of the Evacuation Coordinator and Emergency Control Organisation including the actions they are to take during an emergency
  • Responsibilities of facility occupants including their expected responses during an emergency
  • Provisions for evacuating the facility
  • Emergency preparedness and response measures
  • Existing emergency contact details

Building owners, managers, occupiers and employers in association with the building's Fire Safety Advisor (if applicable) and/or the emergency planning committee are responsible for determining the specific information or elements to be included in the Evacuation Coordination Procedures - Emergency Response Procedures. These Evacuation Coordination Procedures supplement the mandatory elements prescribed by the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 (BFSR) and AS 3745 - 2010.

Emergency Plan is able to support those charged with the responsibility of preparing the Evacuation Coordination Procedures by providing specialist advice and services. In co-operation, Emergency Plan will develop and document the Evacuation Coordination Procedures - Emergency Response Procedures component of the fire and evacuation plan - emergency plan, ensuring their relevance to the facility, its people and its processes whilst also complying with the requirements of the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 (BFSR) and the recommendations of AS 3745 - 2010.

The documented Evacuation Coordination Procedures - Emergency Response Procedures will then form the basis of the training programs that Emergency Plan is able to produce and deliver to ensure all personnel are competently able to carry out their designated responsibilities and duties.

Emergency Plan also ensures the documented Evacuation Coordination Procedures - Emergency Response Procedures are structured so that they may be easily amended at any time following an organisational change. Alterations to fire safety and emergency features, the identification of a deficiency or a scheduled review are also easily amended in the Evacuation Coordination Procedures.

When Evacuation Coordination Procedures - Emergency Response Procedures are documented and incorporated into a fire and evacuation plan - emergency plan, and an annual training program is implemented, building owners, occupiers, managers and employers in association with the building's evacuation coordinator, the emergency planning committee and the Fire Safety Advisor are well on their way to meeting the mandatory requirements of the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 (BFSR) (which covers fire and hazardous material emergencies). The recommendations of AS 3745 - 2010 (which covers other emergencies) are also covered in the Evacuation Coordination Procedures. Refer to our 'Fire & Emergency Planning Compliance Package' for further details covering Evacuation Coordination Procedures.