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Fire Evacuation Scheme

Every building, whether it is single or multi-storey, needs to have an effective means of escape that every occupant is aware of in case of an emergency. It also requires an effective means of warning the occupants of such an emergency. Most commercial and industrial buildings need either a fire evacuation scheme or a fire evacuation procedure.

Organising a Fire Evacuation Scheme can be a complex, time consuming process. As experts in the field, Compass can provide you with a professional fire evacuation scheme that meets the compliance standards. Choosing Compass will ultimately save you time and money.

For more information contact us.

You can also find further information on the NZ Fire Service website at www.fireandemergency.nz

Who needs an Evacuation Scheme?
An evacuation scheme is for buildings where there is a higher risk and must meet all legal requirements for a scheme as detailed in the Fire and Emergency New Zealand (Fire Safety, Evacuation Procedures, and Evacuation Schemes) Regulations 2018

The following list of buildings are those that require a Fire Service approved evacuation scheme.

Buildings where:

In sections 76 to 79relevant building means a building or part of a building used for 1 or more of the following purposes:

the gathering together, for any purpose, of 100 or more persons:

providing employment facilities for 10 or more persons:

providing accommodation for 6 or more persons (other than in 3 or fewer household units):

a place where hazardous substances are present in quantities exceeding the prescribed minimum amounts, whatever the purpose for which the building is use

providing an early childhood education and care centre (other than in a household unit):

providing nursing, medical, or geriatric care (other than in a household unit):

providing specialised care for persons with disabilities (other than in a household unit):

providing accommodation for persons under lawful detention (not being persons serving a sentence of home detention or community detention, or serving a sentence of imprisonment on home detention, or on parole subject to residential restrictions imposed under section 15 of the Parole Act 2002):

any other prescribed purpose.

Who needs an Evacuation Procedure?
The majority of commercial and industrial buildings in New Zealand require an evacuation procedure, which does not require the approval of the Fire Service.

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