What is the role of a fire warden?
Fire wardens shoulder a lot of responsibility in dangerous situations. Essential duties include corralling people, directing them to designated meeting points, counting heads and assisting first aiders and emergency services personnel. Your role may also include emergency management planning in cooperation with the chief warden and building manager, plus equipment maintenance to ensure you are ready for action at all times.
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- Assist those in need of urgent help
- Apply methods of counting heads and accounting for people
- Carry out a systematic search pattern within a designated area
- Contribute to emergency response management planning and procedures
- Communicate clearly according to specified workplace emergency procedures
- Appropriate use of emergency equipment assigned to you in your fire warden role
- Understanding evacuation priorities
- Hazard and risk identification and mitigation
- Assessing, anticipating and evaluating developing emergencies
- Emergency signals, fire alarms and warnings
- Command, control and coordination of emergency procedures
- Communication with emergency services and first aid personnel
- Maintaining records, making incident reports and completing all documentation
What is the main responsibility of a fire warden?
Fire warden duties are both proactive and reactive. The main proactive responsibility is to prevent a fire from breaking out by mitigating fire hazards, while the main reactive fire warden responsibility is to undertake a fast building evacuation according to workplace procedures for the safety of everyone. Every situation is different, and you may need to raise alarms, use fire extinguishers, assist disabled people, isolate hazardous materials, or coordinate a roll call at your designated marshalling point. As a fire warden, you will be an important link in the life saving chain.
What is an emergency evacuation plan?
It is imperative that building occupants understand emergency building evacuation procedures. Property owners and managers are responsible for ensuring all relevant building systems are compliant with Australian standards, including implementation of effective emergency evacuation procedures. Your fully compliant emergency evacuation plan will include accurate and easy to follow evacuation diagrams of all routes and exits, placed in a highly visible location.
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Do we need fire wardens?
Building owners and managers are expected to have fire wardens onsite in case of an emergency. There are various fire risk factors that determine the ideal number of fire wardens for an establishment, although there is no harm in having a few fire warden ‘reserves’ to cover for regular wardens during leave or days off. Here are a few considerations for your fire warden checklist.
- The number of floors in the building, with at least one or two fire wardens per floor
- The number of occupants per floor, and any elevated risk of fire on your premises
- The type of building occupants, including children, the elderly and the disabled
- The workplace functions, with shift work environments requiring more fire wardens
- The presence of combustibles, chemicals and other flammable materials
Fire warden roles and responsibilities are continually evolving to suit modern society, and the qualification is in demand all around Australia. If you are looking for a job promotion, hoping to take on additional responsibilities, or targeting an entirely new career, Real Response Fire Warden Training and other fire emergency courses will have you heading in the right direction.