Thursday 2nd June 2016
Live incident at Education Establishment
Recent Fire at Pendleton College has sent a reminder to other education establishments to ensure appropriate incident control, management plans and procedures are in place and fully accessible.
A ‘severe’ fire broke out at 10am on the second floor media room of Pendleton Sixth Form College, UK on the 19th of May causing initial panic, with flames and plumes of black smoke coming from the windows. Although the fire was quickly brought under control and all staff and students were all able to escape uninjured, colleges across the country have been questioning how they would react to a similar incident.
Over 40 firefighters were called out to tackle the large fire, with crews wearing breathing apparatus tackled the blaze using hose reels, thermal imaging cameras and positive pressure ventilation fans.
Sequence of Events
Approx. 10am – Fire broke out on the second floor media room
- College gets evacuated and students moved to fire safety zones
- Fire Crews called
- Electricity and gas turned off
- Area is secured
- All pupils and staff are accounted for and are safe with no injuries.
- Fire crews work to put out the blaze and rescued the exam papers
- All students sent home other than those taking exams.
- Investigations working on establishing the cause of the fire.
Approx. 12.30pm – Fire crew declare the fire is out.
Ensuring your plans and procedures are fire / incident proof
An incident such as the example above needs handling quickly, safely and without further escalation. During an incident plans and procedures need to be easily accessible and in the hands of the right people.
A user-friendly mobile app such as ICR™ can help ensure crisis management teams have everything they need when they are called to respond to a crisis. In this scenario the incident handler would have access to all the information they require i.e. building plans, evacuation processes from a mobile device without having to endanger themselves by re-entering the building.
Predefined Action Cards™ ensure your team can respond to each and every incident in a consistent & effective manner with minimal training. In addition, ICR’s whiteboards connect teams remotely and quickly gets them up to speed with live incident data which is available on their mobile, pc or laptop.
Key Features & Benefits of ICR: Campus Incident Control™
- TAILORED TO YOUR EDUCATION ESTABLISHMENT
ICR™ can be easily configured to manage all types of incidents in across your campuses. The power of ICR™ ensures your team’s compliance with your organisation’s plans, processes & work instructions.
- CONNECT YOUR TEAM DURING A FIRE ON A MOBILE, LAPTOP & PC
ICR™ provides a high quality information source for your entire team in one central environment that combines their knowledge with automated feeds and processes to give them foresight, perspective, and better judgment.
- LIVE UPDATES OF THE FIRE, BETTER DECISIONS
ICR™ provides live updates that you can rely on. Configurable action cards capture the exact information you and your team need in order to make good decisions that will minimise the impact of the incident.
- DEMONSTRATE DUE DILIGENCE OF YOUR TEAM DURING A FIRE
With live updates from the incident management software for education establishments you are able to make better decisions that will withstand second-guessing, cross examination, testimonies, hearings, media-spin, and follow up investigations. Ultimately ICR’s Crisis Management Software captures your team’s due diligence during an incident.
- POST INCIDENT REPORTING AFTER THE FIRE
ICR™ automatically generates the Incident Report for you. The incident report is a date and time stamped audit trail of every action & decision made during the incident. Your incident reports are then available immediately following an incident. Metrics / KPIs are also generated automatically providing you and your team with analysis of incidents & trends across the organisation.
Incident management software for education establishments ensures your crisis management teams are empowered with everything they need, when they are called to respond to a fire on campus or a related incident.
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