If you completed the Fire Prevention course, you already know the importance of engaging in measures to prevent the occurrence of a fire. The following are the overall components of the organization’s fire emergency procedures. These serve as basic approaches to responding to fire emergencies; however, each center may have additional components due to the nature of the physical layout of the center. In the event of the discovery of a fire:


  • Evacuate all individuals from the immediate area.
  • Close all doors to contain the fire.
  • If the fire is small, attempt to contain it by using a fire extinguisher.
  • Announce that there is a fire in the building and the need to immediately evacuate.
  • Call 911 and report the fire, providing the name and address of the site.
  • Assist in the evacuation process and account for all consumer, employees, and visitors.
  • In the event of an actual fire, the staff member must do the following immediately:
    • Evacuate the building through the nearest exit (designated staff members will sweep all areas of the facility);
    • Meet at the designated safe area
    • Obtain a head count to verify that it matches the census sheet; and
    • In the event that someone is missing, notify emergency personnel immediately.
  • Make the following calls in the order listed:
    • 9-1-1
    • Executive Director/Clinical Supervisor
    • Operations Manager
  • Once building is deemed clear by emergency personnel, staff and consumers may return to the building.
  • A Critical Incident Report must be completed, reviewed and signed by your supervisor and forwarded to the Clinical Supervisor/Executive Director.
  • The fire department will be the final authority in determining building re-entry.