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Fire safety

Marcus Jarman is the Departmental Fire Safety Manager and Barbara Landamore is his deputy. Nigel Balding is the PGF Fire Safety Manager.

The following emergency procedures are posted on notice boards round the department. Please ensure you know what to do when the alarm sounds:

Learn the location of the fire alarms, first aid equipment and emergency escape route for the area you are working in.

Fire during normal working hours (08:00 – 18:00 hrs Mon – Fri)

  • Sound the fire alarm by breaking the glass at the nearest fire alarm point.
  • Leave the building by the nearest exit.
  • On hearing the alarm everybody must evacuate the building by the nearest available exit.
  • The person who sounded the alarm should go to the Tennis Court Road entrance and report to the fire wardens.
  • Everyone else must assemble under the Downing Street arch.
  • Do not leave the assembly point without informing someone.

Fire outside normal working hours (after 18:00 weekday, all day Saturday and Sunday and during departmental closures)

  • Break the glass at the nearest fire alarm point; this will automatically call the fire brigade.
  • If it is safe to do so, dial 1999 to back up the alarm.
  • Leave the building and go to the Tennis Court Road entrance.
  • When security arrives inform them of what's happened.

Do not fight any fire alone

Do not use lifts

Do not stop to collect any personal belongings

Do not re-enter the building until told it is safe to do so

The fire extinguishers are available to use on a very small fire if required

There are 3 types of fire extinguishers in the department.

They are all red with:

Red Water for paper, card fires
Black CO2 for electrical or solvent fires
Blue Powder for all types of fire

Every area has a fire warden who is responsible for that checking areas are evacuated, see link below:

Further Information can be found in the Health and Safety Induction presentation