To provide residential care workers with information and clear procedures to follow in case of fire or potential fire to keep all children and staff safe, accounted for, and able to return to normal activities as soon as possible.
A Fire Management Plan (FMP) must be developed to identify the resources and services required to manage in a fire emergency. An effective FMP prepares residential care workers and enables them to:
The plan must be prepared and practiced with all members of the home (children, residential care workers and visitors) before the start of the bushfire season, and when new children and staff join the home. Residential care workers must be familiar with the FMP and understand their role and responsibilities if there is a fire.
The FMP must:
Note: If there is livestock that can be moved out of the area, allow plenty of time to move them. Never release animals out on to the road to run free. This is dangerous for fire trucks and vehicles, and you may be legally responsible if they cause an accident.
When developing a Fire Management Plan the five stage process is:
Fire Risk Assessment to determine the following:
All residential care workers are responsible for maintaining the home
and grounds to minimise the risk of fire. Managers and residential care workers
must work with the Facility Management team to maintain the property, land and
gardens to a safe standard and in good working order. Fire prevention
strategies must be planned and carried out in a timely manner.
Summer Fire Prevention Strategies
Fire prevention strategies must be carried out during spring (before the start of summer) on an annual basis. The safety and health representatives, manager and residential care workers must work with the Facility Management team to complete all fire prevention strategies.
Homes located on larger blocks must have an annual Facility Management Fire review completed by 1 September each year. The manager must work with Facility Management to complete the FESA review and all recommended actions by 1 November each year.
The Summer Fire Prevention Strategies Checklist must be completed and signed by relevant parties, placed in the Emergency Records File and emailed to Facility Management.
A mid-summer review must be conducted at each home during the month of January. This must include reviewing all tasks on the Summer Review Checklist, recording the actions required and completing those actions by 1 February each year. The Mid-Summer Review Checklist must be completed and signed by relevant parties, placed in the Emergency Records File and emailed to Facility Management.
Everyone’s social responsibility is to prepare their home and property for the fire and bushfire season. Everyone must follow the Fire Management Plan and carry out additional maintenance and precautions when necessary. Where a significant risk is identified, expert advice must be obtained to maintain a low risk environment.
The following actions are required when necessary:
Starve the Fire
Keep the area around the home clear so that embers will have less chance to start a fire when they hit the ground.
Plan your garden so that your vegetable garden, lawn, pool or patio is on the side of the home likely to face a fire (where the bush is).
Fill the gaps
Avoid fire traps
Responses are the actions taken immediately before, during and immediately after a fire. Responses include:
These are strategies to restore the emotional, environmental and physical wellbeing of affected children and residential care workers.
Following an emergency or critical incident, the manager, the home psychologist and the Facilities Management Team must:
The manager and home’s psychologist review each fire emergency. They: