Emergency Evacuation Procedure
272 High Holborn, London
The fire alarm at these premises is a two tone siren and is linked to a monitoring station. When
the fire alarm sounds, the fire brigade will be alerted automatically. Instructions for staff and
students are detailed below.
On hearing the fire alarm:
All students and staff must leave the building immediately and disperse to areas beyond the
traffic lights on either side of the building, if exiting from the front. They will return to the area
in 20 minutes following the instructions overleaf. They will only go back in the building if it is
safe to do so (as instructed by emergency services).
Fire wardens will sweep the building, and report to the Incident Controller to confirm that their
area is clear. If anybody has not evacuated, or is following a PEEP, this information will be given
to the Incident Controller.
Disabled staff /students will follow the instructions detailed in their ‘personal emergency
evacuation plan’ (PEEP). Usually this will mean a slow exit, or waiting in a refuge point in the lift
lobby at the front of the building. A summary of the PEEPS in operation is contained in this file.
Fire wardens will note the location of disabled staff / students whilst sweeping and pass this
information to the Incident Controller.
Deaf staff/students will be alerted to the fire alarm by their Pager and should join the main
evacuation without delay.
The Incident Controller will act as a co-ordination point during a fire evacuation and liaise with
the Fire Brigade on their arrival. The Incident Controller is always present on site, and can be
identified as the leading member of the Facilities team present. Other key staff to assist are
given on page 4.
Under no circumstances should any staff member attempt to investigate the cause of the fire
Fire Alarm Tests
The fire alarm on this site is tested every Wednesday at 10.30am
Planned fire drills on every site will take place once a term. Prior notice will not be given to
The incident controller will record details of each planned evacuation, and review
effectiveness with the building H&S Adviser
All building users should:
Familiarise themselves with the fire exits, escape routes and fire alarm call-points
Recognise the sound of the fire alarm
Ensure escape routes are kept clear of obstructions
Report obstructions, fire hazards or other defects to the building H&S Adviser and Facilities
Bomb External to the Building: The majority of bomb threats will be situations where the
suspect device is external to the building and emergency services will be providing information,
in very fluid circumstances. The Incident Controller must take the decision to evacuate or not
depending on available information, and following advice of the emergency services.
Try to ascertain where the bomb is and which evacuation routes can be used.
If the Police advice is clear then the best course is to follow it. However previous
situations have shown that there may be contradictory or confusing information.
If you take the decision to evacuate, DO NOT SOUND THE FIRE ALARM as this will
precipitate an evacuation by all exists.
Use the telephones or word of mouth, starting with the top of the building to pass a
short message saying why the site is being closed and which exists may be used.
If you have to stay in the building, move people away from the ‘bomb side’ and away
Suspect Package: If there is a suspect package on the premises, clear the immediate area and
call the police. Again it may be necessary to evacuate depending on the advice given by the
Telephone Bomb Threat: If a telephone bomb threat is received, serious calls usually contain a
recognised codeword. Relay the information to the police but again it is likely that an
evacuation will take be required. In present circumstances treat any telephone bomb threat as
a serious warning.