What Are the Duties of Fire Wardens?

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What Are the Duties of Fire Wardens?

The duties of emergency wardens is set out in the Australian Standard 'AS 3745-2010 Planning for Emergencies in Facilities'.

Wardens are part of the Emergency Control Organisation and depending on the size of the facility may include:

  • Chief Warden
  • Deputy Chief Warden 
  • Communications Officer
  • First Aid Officer
  • Floor Wardens
  • Area Wardens
  • Wardens

The duties and responsibilities of each warden would generally be as follows:

Chief Warden

  • Maintain a current list of ECO Members;
  • Replace ECO Members when a position becomes vacant;
  • Ensure regular drills are undertaken;
  • Ensure that the response procedures are kept up to date;
  • Attend meetings of the EPC as appropriate;
  • Attend training and emergency exercises as required by the EPC;
  • Ensure personal ECO identification is available.

Deputy Chief Warden

  • Assume the responsibilities of the Chief Warden if the Chief Warden is unavailable and otherwise assist as required.

Communications Officer

  • Ensure personal proficiency in operation of the facility communication equipment;
  • Maintain records and logbooks and make them available for emergency response;
  • Ensure that ECO Members are proficient is the use of the facility communication equipment;
  • Ensure that emergency communication contact details are up to date;
  • Attend training and emergency exercises as required by the EPC.

Floor/Area Wardens

  • Confirm that sufficient wardens are available for area of responsibility;
  • Coordinate the completion of the PEEP documentation;
  • Report on the deficiencies of emergency equipment;
  • Ensure wardens have communicated the emergency response procedures to all occupants within their nominated areas;
  • Ensure that occupants are aware of the identity of their wardens;
  • Coordinate safe practices within their nominated areas;
  • Attend training and emergency exercises as required by the EPC;
  • Ensure that personal ECO identification is available.

Wardens

  • Ensure that all occupants are aware of the emergency response procedures;
  • Carry out safe practices;
  • Ensure that personal ECO identification is available;
  • Attend training and emergency exercises as required by the EPC.

The duties and responsibilities may vary depending on the size and structure of the organisation.

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Please note that this information is general in nature and should be adapted the organisations requirements. 


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