Fire roll call is an established procedure used throughout businesses, public sector facilities and visitor sites, setting out the correct method for the property to be evacuated in an emergency. From roll call initiation to meetings and assembly points, Clearway can help to implement an effective fire roll call solution.
Fully risk-assessed and updated roll call systems are an essential aspect of health and safety, providing a process where every person on-site understands the closest evacuation route, where to assemble, when to re-enter the premise, and how to adjust their evacuation method if a particular exit point is inaccessible.
Introducing a robust fire roll call policy, supported by the right infrastructure and fire safety controls, ensures that all individuals tasked with taking headcounts know how to determine whether there are missing persons and the information to communicate to emergency responders.
The principles of a fire roll call are well-known. They should be communicated to all employees, facility users and visitors whenever they enter a building, using signage and staff induction processes. Components include:
The important element in every fire roll call procedure is that it is fit for purpose, tailored to the property or site, and implemented across the board, without any potential for misunderstandings about what an evacuation alarm means or when to smash a break glass point.
Building managers must also ensure they have policies, training and systems that meet their fire evacuation responsibilities, such as automated sensors, integrated sprinkler or fire containment systems, and shelters or alternative evacuation routes for site users unable to use stairs.
Fire safety is an extremely important part of safe building management. Done correctly, a fire roll call policy assures colleagues, site users, visitors and owners that:
Businesses, organisations and public facilities must run evacuation drills periodically, depending on the nature of the premise, to check that their fire roll call policies are suitable. They may also test the response time to determine where improvements are needed.
As part of building security, fire safety and health and safety management, an access control fire roll call solution is an advanced approach, combining access controls with fire evacuation to ensure that even large, complex and multi-occupant properties have the right safeguards in place.
Access controls are a popular solution for properties, compounds and premises. The specific features of these systems vary but normally include a touchpoint or entry site where visitors or employees need to verify their credentials or log their entry to be allowed access.
Organisations use access controls as a security measure, for workplace management and to ensure properties are correctly run, with oversight of periods of higher activity and an on-demand log of all persons within the site at any given time.
Transitioning an access control system to incorporate fire safety is a strategic remedy, using the functionality and data logged through access control devices to improve fire safety responsiveness.
Clearway’s hybrid service brings fire roll call and access control together in one efficient, streamlined solution.
When an alarm sounds, the emergency evacuation procedure goes ahead as normal, where occupants leave and assemble at their designated gathering point. The difference is that:
Emergency responders with access to this level of accurate reporting can initiate more focused search and rescue efforts or proceed with fire control procedures with the assurance that the building has been successfully evacuated.
Clearway provides advanced security, risk prevention and building management services nationwide, including technological solutions, infrastructure and security mitigation systems that work autonomously and intelligently to prevent or reduce risk.
Our fire roll call solutions are based on years of expertise at the forefront of responsible building safety management. We can incorporate access controls into existing fire safety policies or replace legacy solutions that do not remain fit for purpose.
Every building or business must legally have an appropriate fire safety policy, with measures such as alarms, evacuation protocols, extinguishers and call points.
A comprehensive approach to fire roll call builds on those basic elements and is important for larger and more complex properties, particularly those where manual headcounts would take a significant amount of time to complete.
A diligent approach to fire roll calls demonstrates a commitment to the safety of your workforce, visitors and site users, assuring all parties that the property is protected and with the necessary controls to assist with swift evacuations and the prompt identification of any missing persons.