GYMNASTICS NSW FIRE EVACUATION PLAN (ALL OPERATION AREAS)

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					                              GYMNASTICS NSW
                           FIRE EVACUATION PLAN
                          (ALL OPERATION AREAS)
1.     STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT
Gymnastics NSW is committed to providing a safe workplace for all employees, visitors, clients and
contractors. The Fire Evacuation Plan has been developed, and is in-line with the Australian Standards
AS 3745:1995 (‘Emergency Control Organisation and Procedures for Buildings, Structures and
Workplaces’). The purpose of the plan is to create a safe environment for all by implementing strategies
to ensure that best practice guidelines are followed at all times.


2.     APPLICATION
The Fire Evacuation Plan applies to all Gymnastics NSW employees, board members, athletes, coaches
and all other volunteers.


3.     SCOPE
The scope of the Fire Evacuation Plan covers all daily activities, competitions/events, Gymsport programs,
membership programs and/or services.


4.     ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Gymnastics NSW requires three personnel to mange/conduct a fire evacuation. Each Warden has clearly
defined duties and responsibilities relevant to the requirements of the workplace.

Chief Warden
On becoming aware of an emergency, the Chief Warden shall take the following actions:
1. Sound the alarm.
2. Ascertain the nature and location of the fire and determine appropriate action.
3. Ensure that the NSW Fire Service has been notified (dial 000).
4. Ensure that Warden(s) are advised of the situation.
5. If necessary, initiate evacuation, select appropriate evacuation route and control entry to the affected
   areas.
6. Ensure the progress of the evacuation and any action taken is recorded in an incident log.
7. Brief NSW Fire Service personnel upon arrival on the type, scope and location of the fire and the
   status of the evacuation, and thereafter assist the Senior NSW Fire Service Officer as required.

Deputy Chief Warden
The Deputy Chief Warden shall assume the responsibilities normally carried out by the Chief Warden if the
Chief Warden is unavailable, and at other times, assume the role as Warden (see below).

Warden(s)
On hearing an alarm or on becoming aware of an emergency, the Warden(s) shall take the following
actions:
1. Implement the fire emergency procedures.
2. Check the area for any abnormal situation.
3. Commence evacuation if the circumstances in the area warrant it.
4. Communicate with the Chief Warden by whatever means available and act on instructions.

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5.    Advise the Chief Warden as soon as possible of the circumstances and action taken.
6.    Co-opt persons as required to assist a Warden during an emergency.
7.    Confirm that Warden activities have been completed and report back to the Chief Warden.
8.    Check to ensure fire doors and smoke doors are properly closed.
9.    Search the office to ensure all persons have evacuated.
10.   Ensure orderly flow of persons into protected areas, e.g. stairwells, outside.
11.   Assist persons with disabilities.
12.   Act as leader of groups moving to nominated assembly areas.
13.   Report to the Chief Warden on completion of required activities.

All Staff/Coaches/Volunteers/Athletes/Members
1. Follow instructions as directed by the Chief Warden, Deputy Chief Warden and Warden.
2. Assist any visitors, contractors, or clients through the evacuation procedure.


5.       WARDEN IDENTIFICATION
During an evacuation, the Chief Warden, Deputy Chief Warden and Warden will be appropriately identified
so that they will be easily recognised by the building occupants and the responding Fire Brigade.


6.       RAISING THE ALARM
The alarm to indicate a fire will be sounded by the Chief Warden. The alarm will be in the form of a whistle
and/or siren.


7.       EVACUATION ROUTES AND EXITS
The Chief Warden will decide on most appropriate evacuation route in the event that an evacuation is
required. Fire Wardens will be followed during an evacuation procedure, however if this is not possible for
any reason, the closest EXIT signs will be used.


8.       ASSISTING PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
Persons With Visual Impairments
In the event of a fire, tell the person nature of the fire and offer to guide him/her. As you walk, tell the
person where you are and advise of any obstacles. Do not grasp a visually impaired person's arm. Offer
your arm for guidance.

Persons With Hearing Impairments
As there is a sound alarm to indicate a fire, persons with impaired hearing may not perceive emergency
alarms and an alternative warning technique is required. Two methods of warning are:
• Writing a note telling what the emergency is and the nearest evacuation route/safe area.
• Tapping the person on the shoulder or turning the light switch on and off to gain attention, then
  indicating through gestures, or in writing, what is happening and what to do.

Persons Using Crutches, Canes, or Walkers
If the person is having difficulty exiting quickly, treat him/her as if injured for evacuation purposes.
Carrying options include using a two-person, lock-arm position, or having the person sit in a sturdy chair,
preferably with arms. For level travel, an office chair with wheels could be utilised.

Non-Ambulatory Persons
The needs and preferences of non-ambulatory persons will vary. Most non-ambulatory persons will be
able to exit safely without assistance on the ground floor. Some people have minimal ability to move and


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lifting them may be painful and/or injurious. Frequently, non-ambulatory persons have respiratory
complications. Remove them from smoke or fumes immediately.
Always consult the person as to his/her preference with regard to:
• Ways of being removed from the wheelchair.
• The number of people necessary for assistance.
• Whether to extend or move extremities when lifting because of pain, catheter bags, braces etc.
• Being carried forward or backward on a flight of stairs.
• After-care, if removed from the wheelchair.


9.     EMERGENCY ACTION GUIDE
Emergency Action Guides are available at all venues as a prompt for occupants who have been
confronted with fire/smoke and asked to evacuate the building. Look out for common areas for these
guides eg. reception desk, fire extinguisher. (See Appendix 1 for example Emergency Action Guide).


10.    ASSEMBLY AREA
In the event of an evacuation, an assembly area will be used for all occupants of the building/area to
gather. Follow the Fire Wardens and listen to any instructions given to ensure a safe route to this
designated area.




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10.   APPENDICES
Appendix 1




                                     IN CASE OF


                 EMERGENCY
                  FOLLOW ADVICE FROM A WARDEN

                                              OR

LEAVE IMMEDIATELY THROUGH THE NEAREST SAFE



                                      EXIT
      GO TO THE ASSEMBLY AREA LOCATED AT


                               Office Car Park


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            In case of Emergency DO THIS


       EVACUATION                                                       FIRE
On being given a signal to                          Do not panic or shout, remain
Evacuate…                                           calm and remember RACE…
1. FOLLOW – Follow instructions                     1. RESCUE – Rescue any people
   as directed by Wardens.                             in immediate danger ONLY if
2. EVACUATE – Leave building                           safe to do so.
   via the nearest safe EXIT.                       2. ALARM – Raise the alarm;
3. ASSEMBLE – Proceed to the                           Ring the Fire Brigade on 000;
   assembly area and remain                            Notify Chief Warden.
   there until otherwise advised by                 3. CONTAIN – Close all doors &
   a warden or fire officer.                           windows to contain fire (only if
4. COUNT – Do a head count of                          safe to do so).
   all staff, contractors & visitors.               4. EXTINGUISH – Attack fire
5. REPORT – Report to Chief                            using appropriate equipment
   Warden & emergency services                         ONLY if trained & safe to do so.
   if anyone unaccounted for.                       5. Follow instructions of Wardens.
                                                    6. Prepare to evacuate if
                                                       necessary.

 Your Assembly Area is:               Office Car Park
 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………


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