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School fire drill - instruction training and recording

During the first week of term or as soon as practically possible thereafter, all new entrants being pupils, staff or support staff, should be conducted around the primary escape routes of the school. They should also receive instruction on the school fire evacuation routine.

All members of the staff shall receive instruction and training appropriate to their responsibilities in the event of any emergency.

All members of staff shall each receive a personal copy of prepared written instructions. They shall receive two periods of verbal instructions given by a competent person in each 12 month period. Such instruction shall include details of how to call the Fire Service. In the case of newly engaged staff, instruction shall be given as soon as possible after appointment.

A record of the training and instructions given and fire drills held, shall be entered in the log book and will include the following:

  • Date of the instruction or fire drill
  • Duration
  • Name of person giving the instruction
  • Names of persons receiving instruction
  • Nature of instruction or fire drill

Fire drills, which may be combined with the instruction given above, shall be carried out at least once per term. The fire drill should simulate that one escape route is not available. Each fire drill should be started by a pre-determined signal and the whole premises checked as if any evacuation was in progress.

In large premises a specific person shall be made responsible for organising staff training and the name of one other nominated person to co-ordinate the actions of the staff in the event of fire. Effective arrangements shall be made for a deputy or deputies to carry out the above duties in the absence of the nominated persons.

In smaller premises one specific person shall be made responsible for organising staff training and for co-ordinating the actions of the staff in the event of fire. Effective arrangements shall be made for a nominated deputy to be available to carry out the above duties.

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