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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 14 Hansard (12 December) . . Page.. 5001 ..




Government Schools - Fire Prevention Policy

MS McRAE - asked the Minister for Education and Training on notice on 12 December 1996 -

In relation to fire policies in schools -

l) Can you outline the policy and practical measures followed in every school in regard to fire.

2) What fire prevention measures are in place

3) What training is offered to staff and students in regard to fire drill.

4) How frequently is this training updated.

5) What fire prevention and control measures are in place in school canteens

6) How are staff and volunteers of the school canteens trained to deal with fires.

MR STEFANIAK - the answer to Ms McRae's question is:

1) The policy and procedures for dealing with an emergency or disaster situation are outlined in the documents "ACT Government Occupational Health and Safety Fire and Emergency Procedures Policy" and "Emergency/Disaster Planning for Principals" which have been issued to all schools.

2) Schools have electrical and/or mechanical (eg sprinkler system) fire detection systems installed which are directly linked to the ACT Fire Brigade. Schools also have an emergency warning and intercommunication system installed to facilitate communication within the school. Fire extinguishers and fire hose reels are provided in accordance with building code requirements and are periodically maintained.

3) Under existing arrangements training of staff and fire drills are the responsibility of schools. As part of the ongoing commitment to improve existing practice the Department is currently conducting a pilot program involving 10 schools. The pilot program includes general fire warden and staff awareness training and provision of practical advice and demonstration of fire fighting equipment to participating schools at their school. The outcome of the pilot will be known in March 1997.

4) Under existing arrangements schools are responsible for conducting periodic training of staff and students as considered necessary. The outcome of the pilot program will assist in evaluating training methods in schools.

5) School canteens are also fitted with fire detection systems. There are no regulatory requirements for fire extinguishers and fire blankets to be placed in schools canteens. However in response to your previous concerns about the need for fire extinguishers in school canteens the Department has approached the ACT Fire Brigade for advice. This advice has not yet been received.

6) Staff and volunteers that work in school canteens are included in school emergency and/or disaster planning and procedures.

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