What To Do In An Emergency

In the event of fire or an emergency OR the emergency alarm sounds;

1) Alert others in the vicinity of the emergency [Do not shout FIRE as panic may result.]

2) Phone Fire - Police - Ambulance, dial 0 then 000

3) Phone security; ext. 13333 and advise the following;

  • Name & address of building; i.e. ANDERSON STUART BUILDING, EASTERN AVENUE
  • What type of emergency & the location/room number
  • Your name

4) Notify the Chief Warden, Adel Mitry 9351-6500 (x16500) or Deputy Chief Warden, Darryl Cameron 9351-4072 (x14072). Alternatively; use the red intercom which is the warden intercommunication point [WIP] to contact the Chief warden at the FIP panel.

5) All emergency [ECO] personnel should go to their station if possible. Evacuation wardens should seek out their floor warden for instructions. Deputies should determine if they're needed to take over or assist. Everyone else should be alert and ready to evacuate immediately if asked to do so or if the evacuation alarm sounds.

6) If there is a fire and you have been trained to use portable fire extinguishers and/or hose reels, attempt to extinguish or control the fire but ONLY IF SAFE TO DO SO. If the fire is severe, or is producing quantities of smoke, try to close doors & windows to prevent the spread of fire and smoke, before evacuating the area. [N.B. Use suitable extinguisher for the type of fire!]

7) Obey directions given by the wardens or any announcements made via the emergency speaker system.

8) If not involved with controlling the emergency, KEEP AWAY FROM THE DANGER AREA.

9) Assemble at a safe distance from the emergency, in Eastern Avenue.

10) If the fire, smoke or emergency situation warrants immediate, or subsequent evacuation, or the alarm changes to the evacuation alarm sound - follow the EVACUATION procedure.

To Initiate Alarm Procedures

  1. Contact any staff member located nearby or;
  2. Call the emergency services; dial 0 then 000
  3. Call the University security service; dial 13333
  4. Activate a "Break Glass" alarm where available; [These automatically activate building alarm & notify emergency services]
  5. Notify the building Chief Warden;
  • Chief Warden Adel Mitry 9351-6500 (x16500) and
  • Deputy Chief Warden Darryl Cameron 9351-4072 (x14072)

Alarm Signals

There are two main audible alarm signals in the Anderson Stuart building. The sound files require a ".wav" browser plug in to play.

1) The ALERT sound signal; is a repetitive "beep-beep" sound.
Play the alert sound -

This sound signal is a warning signal and means the evacuation personnel should take up their station and await further information;


2) The EVACUATION sound signal; is a rising pitch "wheep-wheep" sound.
Play the evacuation sound -
This sound signal is the evacuation signal and means everyone should evacuate as instructed by the emergency [ECO] personnel.

N.B. - Follow any announcements made over the loudspeaker system.


Evacuation Plan

AIM- To evacuate ALL persons from the building quickly, orderly and to protect property where possible, in the event of an emergency.


The evacuation should begin immediately if;

  1. The evacuation alarm [i.e. rising pitch] siren is heard or,
  2. Notification from emergency staff occurs or,
  3. There is an announcement on the public address system or,
  4. There is an emergency & there is doubt or delay about the degree of threat.


1) Upon hearing the rising pitch evacuation signal or notification of evacuation, all evacuation [ECO] personnel [if not at their station already] should immediately grab their helmets and quickly take up their designated stations and implement orderly evacuation. Quick action is essential.

2) All other staff & students should cease all activity, turn off all non vital equipment. Do not attempt to obtain personal effects as this could contribute to confusion, delay and disruption to the orderly and safe evacuation of the building. IT COULD ALSO ENDANGER YOUR LIFE. Secure all dangerous substances. Leave the building quickly, closing but not locking doors on the way out. Follow wardens directions and leave the building by the quickest & safest route. All persons should go to the assembly area in Eastern avenue and attend roll call.

3) Floor wardens should control the evacuation of their designated area, ensure orderly evacuation and record the progressive evacuation of their area. In the absence of wardens, the most senior staff member should take charge.

4) At the supervision of floor wardens, evacuation wardens should thoroughly and speedily alert every room they are responsible for. Locked rooms are dealt with by loud knocking and shouting out. If there is no response, runners should quickly move on & continue the evacuation. Evacuation wardens should NOT put themselves at risk; their purpose is to alert others. When evacuation wardens have alerted every room in their area, they report back to their floor warden.

5) Stair wardens should control and assist the flow of persons down stairs [NOT the elevators] and prevent the re-entry of persons into evacuated areas other than emergency personnel. When the whole floor or level is evacuated, the stair warden also evacuates to the assembly area for roll call. Ground floor stair wardens should remain near the doors of the building (if not at risk) to prevent persons (other than emergency personnel) re-entering the building and should direct persons away from the doorway to the assembly area in Eastern Avenue.

6) Each floor warden should report to the chief warden as their area is evacuated via the red intercom handset [WIP] and then evacuate themselves. Any missing persons and their probable location should be reported to the chief warden.

7) All evacuated persons should remain outside the building until the authorities give the all clear.

First Aid and Safety Officers

FIRST AID - assistance & maintenance of First Aid cabinets

  • Marcus Robinson, ext. 12816 [Anatomy]
  • Clive Jeffery, ext. 17589 [Anatomy]
  • Adel Mitry, ext. 16501 [Physiology]
SAFETY OFFICERS - for safety issues
  • Roly Smith, ext 12518 [For Anatomy]
  • Adel Mitry, ext 16500 [For Physiology]

Emergency Personnel

List of Evacuation Personnel - PDF

Emergency personnel [= Emergency Control Organisation - "ECO"] are responsible for the emergency preparedness of the building. ECO assesses emergencies and ability to fight fire and the need for evacuation. Implements and controls evacuation if necessary.

THE CHIEF/DEPUTY WARDEN - During evacuation, the Chief Warden should be located at the FIP [Archway-Fisher Road] and liase with the emergency authorities. The chief warden also organises annual practice evacuation drills and the training of evacuation personnel. The deputy chief warden takes control if the chief warden is absent.

FLOOR WARDENS - Responsible to the Chief Warden and liases with them upon the need for evacuation. Take up their stations at the WIP [Warden Intercom Point;] to be in contact with the chief warden. If there is any doubt - commences evacuation. Evacuation is implemented by despatching runners to alert all rooms in their designated area. [Refer to the floorplans.] Upon completing evacuation of their area, floor wardens report to the chief warden via WIP or runners, then evacuate themselves. Deputy floor wardens take control if their floor warden is absent. If no warden is present, the most senior staff member takes charge.
EXIT WARDENS - Responsible for controlling and assisting the movement of persons down fire stairs. They take up their stations at the designated stairs & prevent the re-entry of persons (other than emergency personnel) up stairs. They evacuate when the floor warden has confirmed evacuation of their area. Ground floor stair wardens stay near their exit door (if not at risk) and prevent the re-entry of persons (other than emergency personnel,) into the building. Deputy exit wardens take control if the exit warden is absent. Exit wardens also direct evacuees to Eastern Avenue for muster. If no warden is present, the most senior staff member takes charge.
EVACUATION WARDENS - Responsible to their floor warden. They carry messages between wardens and may be asked to alert other areas. If evacuating, runners have to alert all the rooms in their designated area (if safe to do so.) Evacuation wardens should familiarise themselves with the rooms they have to notify & ensure they have access to teaching areas. [Refer to the floorplans.] Deputy evacution wardens take the place of absent evacuaton wardens. ALL wardens are not asked to enter dangerous areas.
CLASS/LECTURE SUPERVISORS - Classes have high priority and should evacuate immediately upon notice, the evacuation alarm or if there is concern. Runners should alert every teaching area but class supervisors should be alert in case of communication failure or delay.
FIRST AID OFFICER - The first aid officers should contact the Chief Warden at the FIP panel to determine the location of the emergency. Then proceed with their kit to the site of the emergency & provide assistance as required. Advises Chief Warden if outside medical assistance is required. After evacuation, assists casualties in the assembly area.
ALL OTHERS - If the emergency is a fire and person has been trained in fire extinguisher use, fight the fire if NOT at risk. Otherwise, everyone else follows the announcements on the public address system, or the instructions of the evacuation personnel. If in doubt, evacuate to the assembly area.

Emergency Sign

Emergency Sign (PDF)

The Emergency Sign is posted around the Anderson Stuart building and provides information about the building's emergency and evacuation plans. The sign also has contact details for the First Aid & Safety Officers, O. H. & S committee and OHSIM Office.

NOTE: This page is approved by Safety Officer Adel Mitry.