AUST – Hendry advises that AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’ has consolidated the frequency of occupant training including skill retention activities expected to be provided to the occupants of a facility including those occupants responsible for implementing and managing a facility’s emergency response procedures. Facility occupants should generally receive occupant training at the commencement of their duties to enable them to act in accordance with the documented emergency response procedures under AS 3745-2010. Facility occupants are then required to participate in further skills retention (occupant training) activities at intervals not greater than 12 months. These skills retention activities may be delivered by various means including verbal, classroom, diagrams and online.

Emergency Control Organisation (ECO) members including appointed deputies, (i.e. those responsible for directing and controlling the implementation of the facility’s emergency response procedures during an emergency), should be trained to develop the skills and knowledge to carry out their documented duties under AS 3745-2010 and subsequently attend a skills retention activity at intervals not greater than 6 months. Skills retention activities as determined by the facility’s Emergency Planning Committee could include, but not be limited to, table-top exercises and evacuation exercises. Training for at least one member of the facility’s Emergency Planning Committee (EPC) should be provided to enable the EPC to competently execute their obligations under AS 3745-2010 to develop, document and maintain the emergency plan.

At some facilities the Emergency Planning Committee may decide to extend their ECO to include a ‘first-attack fire fighting team’ and/or a specialist ‘emergency response team’. If so, members of the ‘first-attack fire fighting team’should receive specific training to enable them to competently perform their duties under AS 3745-2010 and subsequently attend an appropriate skills retention activity at intervals not greater than 2 years. Similarly, members of a ‘specialist response team’ should also receive specific training to enable them to competently perform their duties under AS 3745-2010, however they are expected to attend a skills retention activity specific to their role, at intervals not greater than 1 year.