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FST Emergency and Evacuation Procedures – Onsite Fire Drill Procedure Courses.

A fire evacuation plan and, fire evacuation procedures in general, form a more than an essential part of FST Solutions fire safety training.

A building evacuation plan is very much skill dependent and therefore performing regular staff drills and refresher courses very important.



Fire Drill Procedure (The Law)

Under Section 19 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 (the 2005 Act) every employer shall identify hazards, assess risks and have a written risk assessment, including any unusual or other risks. To comply with Section 19, employers are required to carry out risk assessments and to record these in the Safety Statement. A fire safety risk assessment should be conducted.

Fire Safety Care Facilities

At FST SOLUTIONS we have developed a comprehensive fire safety programme for care facilities. This course will equip the participant with the knowledge of:

  • Legislation
  • Fire prevention/Protection
  • Duties & Responsibilities
  • Fire Behaviour
  • Site Specific Evacuation Procedures
  • Timed Evacuation Drill With A Written Report
  • Fire Extinguisher Identification
  • Fire Class/Risk Assessment
  • Fire Extinguisher Training


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Understanding A Fire Escape

In normal circumstances when a building is at its design stage an emergency evacuation procedure will have already been determined. These key decisions will have been decided carefully taking the specific layout of the structure into practical consideration amongst other contributing factors including what exactly it is the building facilitates.

A safe emergency evacuation plan critically relies upon fire drills and learnt behaviour plus, the functional abilities of qualified staff (fire marshals & wardens) invariably involved in promptly executing successful fire evacuations.

As soon as an urgent warning has been sounded, the most fundamental prerequisite for a planned and fully coordinated means of fire escape requires an evacuation route that promptly leads people safely and without obstruction, to the nearest fire exit.

Our fire evacuation plan and evacuation procedures module provides employers and staff alike with practice, drill, risk assessment and full training. This means everybody knows what to do in the event of an emergency. 

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A Clear Emergency Escape Plan

Notwithstanding the precise whereabouts of a fire, once alerted to it, people should naturally have the necessary knowledge of a recognisable route to guaranteed safety.

Without exception, the workplace and/or place of residents must distinctly show an unmistakably transparent means of fire escape.

Escape routes must be kept free from obstruction, and a clear path to safety must be visibly signposted and maintained at all times.

In some cases it may prove necessary to have in place a fire protected route by means of fire resistant construction. This is especially true when we consider care facilities and hospitals in addition to workplaces where there is a provision of sleeping facilities. 

Fire Exit Plan

Means of evacuation strategies

  • Total
  • Phased/Zoned
  • Progressive/Horizontal

Total Evacuation

This emergency evacuation procedure undoubtedly involves all occupants to vacate the entire facility simultaneously and would of course be the stringent guidelines as set out in these particular buildings fire escape plans.

It would also have taken into consideration fire exits layouts and the operational capability to cope adequately with the maximum number of people, including those of whom who may experience disabilities which possess the potential to accumulate the critical time it would typically take to get everybody out of the building.

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emergency evacuation procedure
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Zoned/Phased Evacuation

The term zone, phased and progressive horizontal evacuation is applied when residents are moved to a safe position in the premises where they can stay until the gravity of the emergency is fully understood.

From here the following can naturally occur: 

Progressive Horizontal:

This is the movement of people to an interconnecting section on the same floor where they can ultimately be advanced to assured safety.

This critical stage offers people with vulnerabilities valuable time where they may instantly begin to properly execute a fire escape route in seconds or precious minutes.

It is an effective strategy that is often applied in care facilities, such as homes and hospitals, where the strategic positioning of fire resistant areas are located.

The specific purpose for which is so that applicable and required treatment may typically continue until such time a fire has been extinguished.



In relation to whichever necessary course we are teaching, when we arrive at your property and/or place of business, we will always require a room size that easily accommodates your course participants.

On-site course training is just as available for a single person as it is for an entire group. Simply get in touch to find out more.

We regularly accommodate urgent on-site fire safety courses. Again, simply get in touch, and we will put all the necessary arrangements into place for you. 

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