1. Victoria is one of the highest wildfire risk regions in the world.
Staff and students should have an understanding of fire and restrictions and should have realistic
expectations of the local fire service particularly in remote areas.
2. Practice fire evacuation drills should be conducted at the commencement of the Camp.
Drills should not be stereotyped as this may desensitise participants.
3. Fire evacuation practice should be conducted to ensure an orderly and calm process and an
understanding of the sequence of raising a fire alarm which includes:
i. Raise of the alarm
ii. Conduct the evacuation
iii. Call the Fire Brigade
iv. Switch off air conditioning (unless reversed automatically by the fire alarm)
v. Gather at the Assembly Point/s
vi. Conduct a roll call
Please note that points i-iv above should be initiated simultaneously if possible.
4. If a staff member discovers a fire, s/he should sound the alarm immediately.
If a student discovers a fire, s/he should alert a staff member who will sound the alarm.
5. Staff and students should be familiar with the standard fire alarm
– usually three long blasts of the bell.
6. On hearing the alarm, students should stand quietly to await instructions from the staff.
Upon being informed by the staff in charge of the exit route, students should proceed, quietly and calmly,
to the exit and gather at the predetermined Assembly Point.
7. Staff should exercise strict control during the evacuation in order to minimise the incidence of panic.
If a pre-planned evacuation route necessitates passing close to the fire, then staff should determine a
different escape route that is headed away from the fire.
8. Any staff or student isolated at the time of an alarm should proceed immediately to the Assembly Point.
9. No one should re-enter the structure without express permission of the Fire Brigade (in case of a real fire)
or the staff member in charge (in case of a fire drill).
10. Telephone contact details for the Fire Brigade should be prominently and permanently displayed near the
11. Staff and students should wait at the Assembly point in compact groups and remain with their group to
facilitate an efficient roll call.
12. Pre-planned rolls should be used to ensure that everyone is accounted for.
13. Staff should also ensure that all visitors are accounted for.
14. If anyone is missing, an immediate report must be made to the Fire Brigade.
If Emergency Services are not yet present, an immediate search must be conducted by staff.
No one should be placed in danger in order to conduct a search.