We also run evacuation drills.
This requirement for practical verification of readiness for, and conduct of, evacuation ensues from section 17 of the Regulation by the Ministry of Interior of 07/06/2010 on fire safety of buildings and other structures and areas:
- The owner or administrator of a facility intended for more than 50 regular occupants, included in a threat category other than “ZL IV”, should run an evacuation drill for the whole facility at least once every 2 years.
- For a facility with a simultaneous change of more than 50 users (such as schools, kindergartens, dormitories, etc.) such a drill should be arranged for at least once every year, always within 3 months from the arrival of new users.
- For a facility including a “ZL II” threat category zone or for a prison/arrest building the area covered by the drill has to be agreed on with a county/city commander of the National Fire Service with relevant geographic jurisdiction.
- The owner or administrator has to advise the competent NFS commander of the timing of each drill at least one week in advance.
Each drill is followed by a report with conclusions serving as a basis for developing improvement recommendations for the facility owner or administrator.