OsloMet carries out fire drills twice a year.
Who should participate in a fire drill?
Everyone should participate in a fire drill if possible. Students and other visitors who are in the building must participate in the drill.
Who is responsible for organising fire drills?
The fire safety organisation is responsible for holding regular fire drills.
Who leads the fire drills?
The administrative fire safety adviser in the Department of Facility Management is to plan, execute, evaluate and document the fire drills in cooperation with the external fire safety adviser. The owner of each building must be informed during the planning phase and assist in the implementation phase.
Planning fire drills
Fire drills may vary in practical content and must always be adapted to the conditions of the individual building. Examples of fire drills might be escape drills with and without evacuation chairs, a hypothetical fire scenario using smoke and a fire extinguishing drill with different types of extinguishing equipment. The fire drills at OsloMet can be announced in advanced, partly announced or unannounced. By partly announced is meant that it is announced that a fire drill will take place some time during the week.
The fire safety organisation does its best not to hold a fire drill on days with exams, public defences of doctoral theses or other big events.
Executing fire drills
The property owner or a representative of the owner must always take part in fire drills. The owner will operate the fire alarm panel and communicate with the fire services to avoid unnecessary call-outs. Operating personnel from the Department of Facilities Management must make a control round of the building during the drill to identify any flaws in the fire safety. A representative from the fire safety organisation is present throughout the drill and concludes it with a short summary.
Examples of checklist items for fire drills
- Are the procedures known?
- Are the zone coordinators acting as instructed?
- Do the people evacuating go to the designated assembly points?
- Can the fire alarms be heard throughout the property?
- Do the emergency exits work as intended?
Requirements that must be met during fire drills at OsloMet
- The fire drill must always be planned.
- Fire drills should involve all members of staff if possible.
- The focus must be on evacuating safely.
- During evacuation drills, the people who evacuate must be informed that it is a drill.
- An external fire adviser writes a report from the fire drill.