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Fire Safety

The responsibility for Fire Safety lies with the designated Fire Marshall which is Mr Michael Stewart.  The Deputy Fire Marshall is Mr Chris O’Gorman.

The Headteacher should be aware of fire safety measures in the workplace at Trinity School.

  • Be aware of and carry out termly Fire Risk Assessment procedures, especially of the dangers of fire and smoke
  • Draw up and review emergency procedures
  • Liaise with the Fire Service as necessary
  • Ensure staff are aware of Fire Safety Procedures 

This policy document outlines the procedures at Trinity School for:

  • Fire tests and checks
  • Staff and pupil training

Its contents should be drawn to the attention of new members of staff.

Responsibilities

Fire Marshall:

  • Ensure that annual Fire Safety Training is provided to all staff.
  • The Green Room is a “stand alone building (separate from the main building) so it is the Fire Marshall’s responsibility to alert the users of the Green room in the event of a Fire drill or actual fire. (NB: The Deputy should step in should the Fire Marshall not be present or able).
  • Ensure that all students and staff are accounted for in the Fire Assembly Points.
  • Ensure that regular Fire Risk Assessments are carried out.
  • Ensure that all students requiring the use of a PEEP are supported in the fire evacuation process

The Fire Marshalls are the persons who open and close school. On arrival (7.30am) the Fire Marshall will ensure that all fire doors are operational and that all exits are unblocked. 

Teachers:

  • Should keep an up to date knowledge of “Fire Prevention and what to do in the event of a fire” by attending all Fire Training.
  • Will reduce the risk of fire by completing weekly classroom risk assessments
  • Ensure that all students evacuate the classroom/building in a speedy and organised manner.
  • Ensure that all students requiring the use of a PEEP are supported in the fire evacuation process
  • Direct pupils to the Fire Assembly point and to line up in their Form group during Fire Drills or evacuation.
  • Will immediately report all identifiable risks to the Headteacher (e.g. obstacle in the way of a fire door etc.).

Form tutors/Class Teachers:

  • Ensure that all students are accounted for by taking roll call/register.
  • Inform the Office Staff if any pupil is missing.
  • Ensure that all students requiring the use of a PEEP are supported in the fire evacuation process 

Office staff:

  • Take out all registers and Visitor Book/Signing In/Out Sheets including the School mobile and a First aid bag.
  • Distribute registers to Form/Class Teachers for roll call.
  • Ensure that all students requiring the use of a PEEP are identified during roll call
  • Liaise with the Fire Marshall with any issues or concerns, i.e. missing people. 

Chubb ensure that our Firefighting appliances (extinguishers etc.) are annually serviced.

Refer to Chubb folder in Office. 

Boss alarms regularly check our monitoring and alarm systems.

Refer to Fire Folder in Office. 

Fire tests and checks 

Regularly:

  • All fire exits and fire escape doors/routes to remain unobstructed on arrival (DAILY CHECK): Fire Marshall/Deputy Fire Marshall.
  • All fire exit doors to be unlocked on arrival (DAILY CHECK): Fire Marshall/Deputy Fire Marshall.
  • Electrical equipment to be shut down and switched off at the plug, on leaving: All staff.
  • Exits and windows adequately secured, on leaving: All staff.
  • All doors closed, on leaving: Fire Marshall/Deputy Fire Marshall.

Weekly:

  • Fire alarm bells system tested: Office
  • Fire extinguishers and Blankets checked in place as per the Fire plans: Office
  • Fire exit routes and doors, including any obstructions, checked: Office
  • All checks recorded on electronic checklist in the Fire folder.

Termly: 

  • Fire drill – on occasions this will include a lunchtime evacuation and various scenarios to ensure that procedures work effectively: Headteacher & Office to arrange.
  • Fire Risk Assessment – this will be done by the Head and will include a written summary to Staff and Governing Body.

Annually:

  • Annual check on Fire & security system (Preventative Maintenance): Boss Alarms.
  • Annual inspection of fire equipment (Conformity): Chubb. 

Staff Training:

  • Staff are provided with annual refresher training: Headteacher
  • This Policy forms part of the Induction Pack.
  • Fire Marshall training on a regular basis for designated person/s (every 1-2 years).

For location of fire equipment and escape routes please refer to the plans of the school –Fire file on computer. 

All Fire related checks must be logged in the applicable place in the Fire file/folder (paper & electronic versions).

  1. Fire Dills (and any areas of concern or action points): electronic
  2. Fire bell & Equipment checks: electronic
  3. Fire Risk assessment: electronic
  4. False alarms: initial paper form / transferred to electronic
  5. Annual checks done by Boss and chubb should issue the school with a report/certificate: paper copy 

Means of escape

 Primary School Fire Evacuation Routine 

Assembly Points: Lower Playground

  • Each class exits through nearest available exit and make their way to the Assembly point as shown on Fire Evacuation plans.
  • The last person should try to close the door/s behind them.
  • Pupils must stand in their registration group with their Class Teacher.
  • After roll call, all pupils and Staff present are to wait until further instruction. 

Secondary School Fire Evacuation Routine

 Assembly Points: Upper Playground

  • Each class exits through nearest available exit and make their way to the Assembly point as shown on Fire Evacuation plans.
  • The last person should try to close the door/s behind them.
  • Pupils must stand in their registration group with their Tutor.
  • Where children have been in sets or working in other groups, they should return to their registration group for roll call.
  • After roll call, all pupils and Staff present are to wait until further instruction. 

Reporting   

In the event of a Fire or Fire Drill, the following actions will be taken:

Pupils:

  • Any missing pupil will be reported to the Fire Marshall as soon as to investigate.
  • A phone call home (using school mobile) may be necessary in case of emergency, evacuation, or for any missing pupils.

Staff & Visitors:

  • Any persons/s unaccounted for will be reported to the Fire Marshall.

Actions/Concerns:

  • Any concerns regarding the fire drill procedure, or the evacuation process will be reported to the Head/Fire Marshall.

Procedure for Fire Alarms during GCSE Exams

The Invigilator will evacuate the exam room: pupils will have to remain under exam conditions.

The candidates must stand 2m apart from each other and must not talk or communicate with any other candidate.

A full report will be sent to the exam board and a request for special consideration for the disturbance will be submitted.

Pupils with a disability

On hearing the Fire Alarm or discovering a fire the Class teachers (Primary School) and Subject teachers (Secondary School) must take responsibility to ensure that ALL pupils, including any with a disability (or any specific needs, including those with ASC) are safely evacuated. They do this in a number of ways which include being aware of each pupil’s needs and any subsequent special evacuation arrangements that may need to be carried out

Refer to DDA Policy for Examinations – Emergency Evacuation section

  

Revision Date Spring 2021