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  • Routine Drills
  • Staff 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, which are used for certain purposes or activities are required to implement an Evacuation Scheme which is approved by Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ).  Your scheme can be developed by CoveKinloch New Zealand Ltd.  Once in place we will assist with maintaining your scheme by conducting 6 monthly trial evacuations or 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.

Download a copy of our ‘Fire Evacuation Services’ brochure  Here


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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