Emergency exercises aim to ensure that the procedures are satisfactory and provide the opportunity for the Emergency Control Organisation to practice procedures and work together as a team.
All exercises are attended by an observer, and the outcomes of the exercise shall be documented.
It is recommended that before an evacuation exercise is conducted that the occupants be briefed. This information may be provided by the Warden network.
Evacuation exercises without notice are NOT recommended.
In accordance with AS 3745 the aim of the exercise is to achieve the following warden competencies:
- Wardens and Chief Warden are able to initiate the emergency procedure without waiting for instructions
- Wardens and Chief Warden are able to competently use communication equipment where installed (ie Emergency Warning and Intercommunication System)
- Wardens complete a search and evacuation of all zones/areas of responsibility as required
- Wardens and Chief Warden manage any person with a disability in accordance with procedures
All occupants of the floor(s) or area(s) involved in the evacuation exercise are required to take part.
Following an exercise the wardens and other key participants will conduct a debrief to identify and correct any deficiencies in the procedure or its implementation.
The outcomes will be documented by the Emergency Management Contract Administrator and a copy of the report provided to the Chief Warden for dissemination to department heads and the warden network.
Scheduling of Evacuation Exercises
Exercises are scheduled by the University’s Emergency Management Contract Administrator in consultation with the Chief Warden. A mutually convenient date/time will be arranged.
It is the responsibility of the Chief Warden to inform the Wardens and Department Managers of the pending exercise.