- Don’t be alarmed. This is just a drill -

Overstrand Protection Services, Western Emergency Medical Service and SOFCA will be hosting a full-scale emergency exercise tomorrow morning (23 May 2019) from 09:30 in Hermanus.

The exercise is meant to test the preparedness of SOFCA Old Age Home and local emergency services by means of an emergency evacuation exercise.

The exercise will simulate a fire in one of the residential rooms; the staff will start to evacuate the facility and activate the local emergency services.

Take note, the residents will not be part of the Major Incident Medical Management and Support (MIMMS) exercise.

The MIMMS system will be tested and not emergency response. Inter-agency relationships and communications will also be tested.

Such drills will help to identify any flaws in evacuation routes and procedures.

BACKGROUND:

The following is the legal responsibility of owners in-terms of Overstrand Communication Fire Safety PN 342/2006

Formulation of an emergency evacuation plan

23.    (1)    The owner or person in charge of a school, hospital, residential institution, hotel, guest house, hostel or other similar occupancy which has a population in excess of 25 persons (including staff), must formulate an emergency evacuation plan detailing the appropriate action to be taken by the staff or the occupants in the event of a fire or other threatening danger.
(2)    The controlling authority may order the owner or person in charge of the premises, other than those contemplated in subsection (1), to formulate an emergency evacuation plan detailing the appropriate action to be taken by the staff or the occupants in the event of a fire or other threatening danger.
(3)    The plan mentioned in subsections (1) and (2) must be revised if an aspect thereof is no longer applicable or if the building for which the plan was designed has changed.
(4)    The emergency evacuation plan must be tested in its entirety at a maximum of six-monthly intervals or when the plan has been revised and a record of the testing must be kept in a register.
(5)    The register mentioned in subsection (4) must contain the following information:
(a)    the date and time of the test;
(b)    the number of participants;
(d)    the outcome of the test and any corrective actions required, and
(e)     the name and signature of the person supervising the test.
(6)    The register, together with the emergency evacuation plan, must be available on the premises for inspection by the controlling authority.
(7)    The controlling authority may evaluate the formulation and implementation of the emergency evacuation plan and may officially communicate any recommendations or remedial actions to improve or rectify faults in the plan.