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  • FENZ Approved
  • Trial Evacuations
  • Scenario Based Evacuations
  • Tailored Drills
  • Staff & Warden Training
  • Signage & Equipment


Pursuant to the Fire and Emergency New Zealand (Fire Safety, Evacuation Procedures, and Evacuation Schemes) Regulations 2018  a commercial building owner is required to have a fire evacuation procedure in place to evacuate occupants safely and promptly from the building in the event of fire.

Relevant buildings as defined in the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Act 2017 are used for certain purposes or activities, e.g. clubs, churches; restaurants; hotels; early childcare facilities; hospitals; rest homes; etc. These buildings are required to have an evacuation scheme approved by Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ).  Your evacuation scheme can be developed by CoveKinloch New Zealand Ltd and if required, maintained by conducting six (6) monthly trial evacuations or fire warden training.

CoveKinloch New Zealand Ltd has an experienced team dedicated to Fire Evacuation.  Our FPANZ (Fire Protection Association of New Zealand) certified consultants are highly experienced in planning, designing and implementing professional Evacuation Schemes for all building types from single level through to complex and multi-storey centres.

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What Evacuation services do we offer?

As part of the scheme approval,  the scheme maintenance option must be elected. The options are to conduct six (6) monthly trial evacuations or six (6) monthly warden training. It is recommended that the unique requirements of your site are considered in consultation with CoveKinloch NZ Ltd prior to choosing which of our services will suit you best.

Trial Evacuations

  • Co-ordination of a trial evacuation
  • Site trial evacuation and liaison with fire and alarm monitoring companies, as required
  • Complete mandatory reporting for FENZ prior to and after each trial
  • Report of trial evacuation outcome for wardens and the client

Scenario Based Evacuation

  • As per “Trial Evacuations” plus;
  • Briefing with key staff to agree on objectives
  • Arrange smoke machine, smoke detector activation and manual call point preparation
  • Support staff through scenario
  • Wardens debrief after trial
  • Ensure alarm is returned to its default settings

Scenario Based Evacuation including the use of Evacuation Chairs

  • As per “Scenario Based Evacuation” plus;
  • Incorporated evacuation chair training/scenario

Warden Training

  • Co-ordination of training
  • Power point training/simulation of evacuation with nominated wardens
  • Complete mandatory reporting for FENZ prior to and after each trial
  • Report of training for wardens

 Site Specific, addressing particular needs

  • Needs assessment
  • Business familiarisation consultation
  • Development and delivery of package

Does my building require a Fire and Emergency New Zealand approved fire evacuation scheme or just an evacuation procedure?

You will need a detailed and approved evacuation scheme if your building is used for one or more of the following:

  • The gathering of 100 or more persons for any purpose
  • Providing employment to 10 or more persons
  • Providing accommodation for 6 or more persons
  • Storing or processing of any hazardous substances exceeding specified thresholds
  • Early childcare facilities
  • Nursing, medical or geriatric care
  • Specialised care for persons with disabilities
  • Accommodation for persons under lawful detention

Who is responsible for putting a scheme in place?

The building owner is responsible for putting a scheme in place as the scheme must cover all tenancies within a building.

Do I need training?

Yes, it is recommended that all staff are trained to ensure they are aware of the procedures in the event of a fire alarm activation. All of our projects are tailored to each specific building. This ensures staff training is relevant for the building they occupy helping you meet your obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and Worksafe practices.

Where a training scheme is elected we will complete all of the necessary notifications for Fire and emergency New Zealand.

What’s involved with a trial evacuation?

Trial evacuations are required for the maintenance of an approved fire evacuation scheme and need to be conducted at least every 6 months to satisfy the Fire and Emergency New Zealand (Fire Safety, Evacuation Procedures, and Evacuation Schemes) Regulations 2018.

We will co-ordinate trial evacuations. This includes warden preparation and debriefing, raising required notifications for Fire and Emergency New Zealand prior to and after each trial and reporting the trial evacuation outcome for wardens and Fire and Emergency New Zealand.

Who has to participate in a trial Evacuation?

Every occupant must participate in a trial evacuation, however persons who require particular assistance or are under control or supervision are not required to go outside the building but must gather as close as possible to an exit from the building or internal place of safety.

What are Fire Action Notices?

These are signs that describe the actions to take in case of fire and include the assembly area, emergency phone number and other specified information.

The Fire and Emergency New Zealand (Fire Safety, Evacuation Procedures, and Evacuation Schemes) Regulations 2018 prescribe how a Fire Action Notice shall be formatted and the information that it shall contain. All signage erected after 1 January 2019 shall meet these requirements.

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