In preparation for an upcoming emergency evacuation (mock) drill, the College Risk, Health and Safety (CRHS) Committee chaired by Dr. Khalid Al-Abri conducted a two-day (January 03 and 08, 2017) warden training for the warden groups of the Applied Sciences, Engineering, Business Studies and Fashion Design Departments. The training aims to equip the warden groups with the adequate knowledge and skills on emergency evacuation. It aims to answer the following questions.
· What is emergency evacuation?
· When should emergency evacuation protocol be executed?
· How should emergency evacuation be conducted?
On the first training day, members of the warden groups were presented with the theoretical background of emergency evacuation, their specific areas of responsibilities in their buildings, and all the necessary forms that each needs to fill during and after the emergency evacuation drill. The second training day saw the participants being introduced to the locations of all fire alarm panels, call points and assembly points of the buildings where their departments are located. The participants were also made to practice going from their area of responsibility to the assembly points. These activities were necessary in order for the warden group to have a full grasp and understanding of what an emergency evacuation is really about.
The training was conducted by Mr. Mike Medina, OIC-CRHS Coordinator and assisted by Mr. Dindo M. Latonio, Engineering RHS coordinator, and Mr. Mario Alibin (second day), Applied Sciences Health and Safety committee member. A follow-up warden training will also be conducted for other departments and units in the succeeding months. A more comprehensive warden training covering all fire-fighting materials and equipment is also being planned.