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News & Updates
Emergency Exercise - Harmony 8
May 2012 - Middlesex Centre Fire Department, OPP along with Campus Police, and Fire Safety conducted a joint emergency exercise identified as Harmony 8. The exercise took place at the Environmental Sciences facility on Wonderland Road North where the simulation engaged
Western staff members, our campus emergency services and our county partners. We would like to thank all the staff who assisted at ICFAR, LIDAR, The Field Station, as well the OPP and Ilderton Volunteer Fire Department for their contributions to a very successful exercise. These
exercises are an integral component in maintaining a safe campus but to also work in conjunction with other partners in a unified command structure. Once again on behalf of Western and Fire Safety, many thanks and have a great summer!
Residence Fire Warden Training
September 2011 – During the month of September Fire Safety provided fire prevention and evacuation training to over 300 residence occupants, including the residence managers. We would like to thank everyone that participated including all those who volunteered to become Fire Wardens in their residence buildings. Your commitment to the general safety of your fellow students is commendable and will add significantly to the res life experience. Once again on behalf of Western and Fire Safety, many thanks and have a great year!
September 2011 - Fire Safety education at Western is taken seriously. Two mock dorm suites were constructed at the base of UC Hill and furnished to resemble a typical student’s residence. As part of our fire safety campaign the dorm rooms were set on fire to demonstrate to the 5000+ first year student observers the power of fire and the need to evacuate residences promptly during a fire alarm. The fire swept quickly through the mock suite, the smoke alarm activated in just 20 seconds and the room was fully engulfed in less than 5 minutes. Time is of the essence when a fire alarm is sounding, all persons should endeavor to evacuate from the building quickly and safely out the nearest exit.
Fire Emergency or Alarm
“Safe Area” for Persons with Disabilities:
Persons with a physical disability are in many cases limited in their ability to evacuate by means of stairwells. It is primarily for this type of disability that the following procedures apply.Ensure open and wide communications with the person with a disability and with others in the area as to needs, a safe area, evacuation expectations, procedures and support.
Procedure When a Fire Alarm Sounds
If you can evacuate the building at ground level, a Building Emergency Team (BET) member or a volunteer should escort the person with a disability to a safe location away from the building.
Above or below the ground floor (Instructions)
1. Seek a safe area such as an office, dorm room or stairwell.
2. When there is a fire alarm, if possible, phone Campus Police at 911 to inform them of your location, circumstance and intentions.
3. Tell the communication officer that your fire alarm is sounding but you have a disability and cannot leave your floor area. If you smell smoke, or are in immediate danger, immediately inform the Communications Operator, Campus Police.
4. The BET has been instructed to ask and help you to identify the location where you will wait for evacuation. They are not trained to lift and carry you out of the building. Please ask someone to remain in the building with you until trained rescue workers arrive from the fire department. Make sure someone both from the evacuation team or a volunteer has noted your location, floor and the stairwell and, that this person will notify the authorities of your need for assistance.
5. Provide the phone number and extension you are calling from. It is IMPERATIVE that this number can receive return calls. Note that PAY telephones generally cannot receive return calls.
6. Campus Police have radio contact with officers at the scene and will provide you with updates on the situation via the phone number you provide. In the event that your safety could be compromised, Firefighters will assist in your safe evacuation. At any time, you can also call back for an update.
Availability of Telephones
It is reasonable to assume that if a building is occupied and open for business, telephones will be available in offices, etc. In cases, such as evening lectures where only the lecture theatre or classroom is open, you are encouraged to contact the Campus Community Police by calling 911.
1. Make sure the BET can easily locate you. Please ask for help from your professors, classmates or coworkers to evacuate in case no member of the evacuation team is on your floor.
2. It is part of the professor’s responsibilities to assist with the emergency evacuation of his/her class.
Whenever possible, the procedures to be taken for the evacuation of a person with a disability must be discussed fully with the individual. Co-workers also are to be informed so there is a mutual understanding of the impairment, and the procedures to initiate during an evacuation.
In building fire evacuation exercises, the BET members and persons with a disability are to carry out the actions they would normally carry out in an emergency (i.e., respond to the pre-arranged location on the floor area). In a drill situation, it is not necessary for persons with a disability to evacuate the building completely. This action in fact could be potentially dangerous for these persons and their BET members, as well as for the other occupants of the building. Upon initiation of a fire alarm, the BET members will respond with the persons with a disability to a pre-arranged location on the floor area, but not blocking evacuation traffic. The Building Emergency Coordinator will ensure that the floor is cleared as per normal evacuation procedures. In all situations, the BET members will ensure that a person is assigned to report to the BET Coordinator or Emergency Personnel immediately upon complete evacuation of a floor. Also report the number of persons with a disability and BET members evacuating at a slower rate and the stairwell they are utilizing, so that assistance may be provided, if available.If for any reason the evacuation of a person(s) with a disability must be suspended, and persons take refuge on a floor area other than their own, the BET members must make every effort to alert the BET Coordinator or other Emergency Personnel of their location. This can be done by advising other evacuees as they proceed down the stairs by keeping a watch for would-be rescuers, searchers or fire fighters proceeding up the stairs, by using the telephone or by waving or shouting from a window to alert bystanders and/or arriving emergency personnel.BET members or a designated person must immediately advise the BET Coordinator or Emergency Personnel when the evacuation of persons with a physical disability has been completed.It should be noted that telephone communications remain intact in many fire situations and an attempt should always be made to utilize this means of communication to either contact Campus Community Police Service or the Fire Department.Occupants who require assistance in evacuating during an alarm are responsible for:
Advising their BET Coordinator or Western Fire Safety so that a pre-plan can be established; Assisting the BET Coordinator or Western Fire Safety in appointing BET members; Telling their BET members how much help they may need; and
Practicing the evacuation procedures.
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