Fire Safety

Summary of Fire Warden Responsibilities

(Adapted from Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs)

The Dean, Chair or administrative head of the unit is responsible to ensure that fire wardens are designated for all larger buildings/complexes or where persons with disabilities may require assistance to safely evacuate. Fire Wardens are usually faculty members or support staff volunteers who are members of the departmental safety committee.

Fire wardens are responsible to provide assistance to occupants of the building and Security personnel during emergency evacuations as well as practice drills. Fire wardens and their alternates are responsible for coordinating the orderly evacuation of their floor/section of the building as follows:

  • Wear the orange arm band supplied by the EHS Office;
  • Ensure all persons are evacuated from the floor of the building; assist persons with disabilities and visitors as necessary (pre-planning may be necessary to ensure persons with disabilities have assistance or are taken to a pre-designated safe area to be determined in consultation with Security);
  • En-route to the designated exit, if there is no immediate danger to personal safety, ensure all windows and doors are closed, laboratory equipment (such as heating elements) is switched off, valuables secured, etc.;
  • Proceed to designated exit and remain outside the door to discourage re-entry to the building until the “all clear” is given by Security personnel.
  • Depending upon the type of emergency, stand by to provide information to emergency responders (type, location and severity of emergency);
  • Return to the building when so directed by Security personnel;
  • Review the UNB Emergency Procedures Booklet and In Case of Fire poster above fire pull stations periodically to ensure you are aware of emergency procedures.

Fire Warden Responsibilities

(instruction to building coordinators and safety committees)
(Adapted from Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs)

The Dean, Chair, or administrative head of the unit is responsible to ensure that Fire Wardens and alternate wardens are designated for all large buildings, as well as for any building where it is reasonably expected that there are persons with disabilities requiring assistance during an evacuation.

Fire Wardens are volunteers who are normally faculty members or support staff who have had first aid training or who have an existing role in safety administration within their department. There are three levels of fire wardens - building/chief warden, floor warden and section warden. Where practicable, it is recommended that an alternate warden be designated for each fire warden.

Building Coordinator (Chief Warden)

The Building or Chief Warden is designated by the Dean, chair, director or administrative head of the unit for having overall responsibility for administration of evacuation planning for the building (in conjunction with the EHS Office and Security & Traffic) and is typically the chair of a department, a senior faculty member, the chair of the departmental safety group, or the building/space coordinator.

Building Wardens are responsible to establish and maintain (in consultation with the EHS Office and Security) an evacuation procedure for the building or complex, including:

  1. Coordinate planning for evacuation of the building.
  2. Establish (in consultation with EHS and Security) the number of wardens and alternates required for the size of building or complex.
  3. Enlist volunteers as fire wardens (floor and section wardens, as warranted).
  4. Periodically review evacuation plans, the Emergency Procedures Booklet and the In Case of Fire poster with Floor and Section Wardens.
  5. Post on all bulletin boards the building evacuation procedure, a list of fire wardens and their alternates.
  6. Ensure, via the Floor Wardens, that all occupants are familiar with evacuation procedures. (Faculty members should be reminded to announce evacuation procedures to their students at the beginning of each semester).
  7. Ensure weekly fire safety inspections are conducted by the Floor and Section Wardens.
  8. Ensure, in consultation with the Department of Facilities Management, the Fire Department is familiar with the premises.
  9. Prepare for semi-annual fire drills.
  10. Designate the area to which each Fire Warden will report following an evacuation (usually immediately outside of a designated building exit unless directed otherwise by an emergency responder).
  11. Where practicable, ensure a record is maintained of all persons who normally occupy the building, particularly those persons who may require assistance during an evacuation. Designate, in consultation with the Security Office, a safe area/room for persons with disabilities and make this location known to emergency responders.
  12. Wear the designated identification during drills and evacuations (orange arm bands are available from the EHS Office).
  13. In cooperation with Security personnel, confirm with Fire Wardens that all occupants have been evacuated, the building is secured against re-entry and emergency responders have been notified.

Floor Wardens

Floor Wardens are volunteers enlisted by the Building/Chief Warden. Floor Wardens are responsible to coordinate evacuation of the floor of the building that they normally occupy under the direction of the Building Warden, including:

  1. Participate in review sessions of emergency evacuation plans coordinated by the Building/Chief Warden.
  2. Ensure all occupants on the floor are familiar with emergency procedures; replenish the Emergency Procedures Booklets and In Case of Fire posters as necessary (contact EHS).
  3. Conduct a weekly fire safety inspection of the floor.
  4. Where practicable, maintain a list of floor occupants, particularly those persons who may require assistance during an evacuation.
  5. Wear the designated identification (orange arm band) during drills and evacuations.
  6. Verbally encourage occupants to evacuate the floor while moving toward the designated exit. Note: Wardens are not expected to unnecessarily delay their own exit from the building or to jeopardize their own safety at any time.
  7. Only if there is no immediate danger, ensure that all windows and doors are closed en-route to exit.
  8. Escort persons requiring assistance to the pre-designated safe area/room and notify the Building/Chief Warden, Security personnel or emergency responders of their location.
  9. Following evacuation, remain outside of the exit door until Security provides the “all clear” signal to return to the building.

Section Wardens

Section Wardens are volunteers enlisted by the Building/Chief Warden who are responsible for coordinating the evacuation of a section of a floor in larger buildings/complexes under the direction of the Floor Warden. A section will contain a maximum of 25 persons. Section Wardens are responsible to:

  1. Participate in review sessions of emergency evacuation plans coordinated by the Building/Chief Warden.
  2. Ensure all occupants in the section are familiar with emergency procedures; replenish the Emergency Procedures Booklets and In Case of Fire posters as necessary (contact EHS).
  3. Participate in weekly fire safety inspection of the floor.
  4. Where practicable, maintain a list of section occupants, particularly those persons who may require assistance during an evacuation.
  5. Wear the designated identification (orange arm band) during drills and evacuations.
  6. Verbally encourage occupants to evacuate the section while moving toward the designated exit. Note: Wardens are not expected to unnecessarily delay their own exit from the building or to jeopardize their own safety at any time.
  7. Only if there is no immediate danger, ensure that all windows and doors are closed en-route to exit.
  8. Escort persons requiring assistance to the pre-designated safe area/room and notify the Floor Warden, Security personnel or emergency responders of their location.
  9. Following evacuation, remain outside of the exit door until Security provides the “all clear” signal to return to the building.

Building Occupants

All building occupants should familiarize themselves with emergency procedures including the location of the nearest exits and the Fire Wardens for their area. Specifically:

  1. Ensure the Fire Warden is made aware of any persons with disabilities who may require assistance during an evacuation.
  2. Become familiar with the In Case of Fire Procedures posted above all fire alarm pull boxes, the Emergency Procedures Booklet posted on bulletin boards and other useful information on safety located here.
  3. Immediately evacuate via the nearest exit when the fire alarm bell rings.
  4. Where available, become familiar with evacuation maps in classrooms (near light switches), move in the direction of the fire exit signs located in the corridors and follow the lighted exit signs to the nearest building exit.
  5. Be alert to provide assistance to any persons with disabilities as well as to any visitors, or persons who become injured during the evacuation.
  6. If time permits, close all windows and doors prior to leaving the area.
  7. Carry only those personal belongings that are within the immediate vicinity.
  8. Do not use elevators to exit the building.
  9. Do not congregate directly outside the building exits as this can impede emergency operations, but move to the left or right of the exit keeping access clear at all times.
  10. Only authorized personnel are permitted to enter the building during a fire alarm. The fire wardens or Security personnel instruct when it is safe to re-enter. If occupants are required to remain outside for an extended period during inclement weather, directions for seeking temporary shelter in safe, adjacent buildings will be provided.
  11. If the building or complex has Fire Wardens (wear orange arm bands), heed their advice. Failure to comply with the Wardens, Security or other emergency personnel could result in disciplinary action.

Any questions or concerns may be directed to EHS at (506) 453-5075, by email or the Security Office at (506) 453-4830 or by email.  For additional information on campus safety and security consult the Safety Handbook or the Security website.