Fire Drill and Evacuation Policy - Scoil Naomh Áine NS

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Fire Drill and Evacuation Policy


Scoil Naomh Áine, Rathgarogue, New Ross, Co. Wexford   

Fire Drill & Evacuation Policy

The fire drill/evacuation policy of Scoil Naomh Áine has been produced following a collaborative consultation process by the staff and the Board of Management.  

This policy aims to:

Enable the school to provide for the immediate needs and safety of students, staff and visitors in the event of a fire
Have in place appropriate safety procedures which comply with the Health, Safety and Welfare at Work Act
Ensure a safe school environment for all

School Ethos
Scoil Naomh Áine is committed to the care of the whole school community and the provision of a safe and secure environment for learning and recreation.  This policy is in keeping with those ideals.

To utilize outside agencies (local fire station, fire officer and service providers) for training and staff development, so as to enhance safety procedures
To develop a tried and trusted framework which will ensure the safety of all school personnel in the event of a fire
To make all staff and pupils aware of the evacuation plan for the purposes of safety and efficiency.

Role and Responsibilities
All teachers are responsible for the safety and well being of the pupils in their care.  The Principal, together with the secretary and classroom assistant, will check that no child is left within the school building.  The Principal, or in her absence, the deputy principal, has overall responsibility for ensuring proper procedures are in place.  

Internal Procedures
In the event of a fire, the following steps must be taken;

  • Fire Alarm will sound to alert all personnel.

  • In all classroom/resource areas, children are to stand up, push their chairs under the tables, close windows where possible and calmly walk in a single file to the emergency door in the classroom or to the nearest exit if not in class.

  • Classes using the PE hall exit through the Exit door.

  • Classes in Halla Mór exit through the Exit door past teacher’s toilets.

  • Pupils and teachers in Resource room exit through the New Halla Mór Door.

  • Persons in the Staff Room will exit through the New Halla Mór Door.

  • All teachers must check the class toilets before vacating the room.

  • SNAs will evacuate the building with the class they are working with.

  • Each class is to assemble at the allocated fire assembly point.

  • Each teacher will take the roll book of their individual class with them and call the roll on reaching the fire assembly point.

  • Pupils can only return to the classroom once permission has been given to do so.

  • The fire drill will be carried out once a term and recorded re time, date and duration of evacuation process.

Feedback from all staff.
Maintaining, and possibly improving, safety standards.
Achieving a coordinated and orderly evacuation in the shortest time possible
Yearly reviews

Fire-drill has been taking place in Scoil Naomh Áine for many years. The written policy has been in operation since December 2008.

This policy was reviewed in February 2015.

References: (i) Fire Safety in the Home.  (ii) Fire Safety in the School.  National Safety Council

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