Eden District Municipality is proud to announce that ±40 internal employees across the region have been trained as Fire Wardens during the past few weeks. In addition to this, the training was presented and facilitated by Eden’s Senior Firefighter’s, Deon Madikane and David van Niekerk, assisted by other fireman from the Fire Department.
Fire Wardens are the first respondents in the event of a fire or bomb threat and thus plays an important part in the Eden DM’s Emergency Response Plan. They are also an effective measure that ensure that fire hazards within the workplace are immediately identified and that corrective measure are implemented as a means to prevent or limit the likelihood of the occurrence of a fire.
The primary role of fire wardens is to facilitate and assist the orderly evacuation of building occupants during an emergency.
Responsibilities of a Fire Warden
They must read and understand the local fire instructions;
Know how to react in an event of a fire;
Know what is expected of them during an alarm or general evacuation;
Know the location of all alarm call points;
Know the location of extinguishers inside and outside the building;
Know which type of extinguisher to use; and
Know the primary safety routes.
What to do in the event of a fire
Direct staff to the nearest fire exit;
Assist visitors and contractors to the nearest fire exit;
Check that all offices and meeting rooms are clear;
If it is safe to do so, close all doors and windows;
Check whether toilets are clear; and
Inform the Safety Officer at the assembly, that your floor is clear or if someone is missing.