Responding to Fire Emergencies
Are you and staff prepared to respond to a fire emergency?
Here are a few things all employees should know and be prepared to do before disaster strikes:
- Know your address
- Prior to calling 9-1-1 from a safe location, be prepared with any information pertaining to the incident, address, type of building (apartments, maintenance shed,) people still inside, what you see, (smoke, fire), and where you see it, such as smoke is visible from a floor or a kitchen fire has been extinguished. This information from the scene helps the Fire Department quickly determine the resources needed to effectively fight the fire.
- Report to the address side of the building as the Fire Department arrives. SFD members will arrive and usually access the building from the addressed side, so this is a good area to meet them.
- On-site staff should make contact with onsite SFD staff as soon as possible. If the manager is not present, any other employee present should initiate the contact. This goes for any employee - manager to maintenance crew.
- One good identifier as to which SFD member is in charge is that chiefs wear white hats and are the ones in charge. You can approach any chief to identify yourself. However, you can identify yourself as an apartment employee to any SFD member if you cannot tell who is in charge.
- Be prepared to provide the following about your building:
- Location of the fire alarm panel
- Access keys
- Details about the fire if known-such as floor, unit number, presence of smoke
- Status of the building's evacuation, if known.
- Location of residents needing assistance to evacuate. Is there a list kept of those identified as needing evacuation assistance?