Emergency Preparedness and Response

As the sign above says "Are you ready?"

Emergencies can occur very quickly, with little or no warning, meaning you and your organisation may have very little time to plan.

The actions taken in the initial minutes of an emergency are critical in respect of protecting life and property and therefore it is very important to have a well prepared and trained team should the unlikely actually happen.

Because many organisations vary in their emergency preparedness, the answer to  "Are You Ready" will be unique to you. If you are fully prepared, a simple test and measure may be sufficient. Those who sit in the mid-range of preparedness may require testing and some ongoing training. Those who are not prepared at all may need help in multiple areas.

To help meet your emergency preparedness needs FETS has developed a range of valuable options.

Option 1: Emergency Plan Consultancy      Download fact sheet

This is a very flexible consulting and advising process to provide expert assistance to those developing your organisational Emergency Plan and Business Continuity Plans. This starts with us working through a risk assessment to identify potential emergency risks particular to your business and environment. Clarity around your risks will enable you to determine resource requirements, develop action plans, develop procedures and determine training requirements that best suits your business. The emergency plan should be consistent with your performance objectives and lead into your business continuity plan. Once you are comfortable with what's in place, the next step may be to set up scenarios to test and measure its effectiveness. Then you can get into training staff to perform well for your business in an emergency; building confidence and competence through some of the following four training options.

Option 2: Emergency Planning & Evacuation Training     Download fact sheet

Once you have your risks identified, choose the two or three most significant to look into for this planning, actions, harm minimisation and evacuation training. We base the information on the risks you identified, looking at and consider their specific risks, planning for them, tools and equipment necessary and decision making strategy based on these specific emergencies.

We will get to know your emergency systems and process as they are to help make adjustments where it may be helpful and to ensure we are training work with your systems and processes, to help prepare your workplace and staff and build staff confidence and knowledge so they make astute decisions during an emergency to keep themselves, others and your business safe.

We introduce some human behaviour in emergencies, working with emergency services and how they work and different types of decision making processes to support the technical planning and knowledge skills.

Option 3: Earthquake Emergency Response Training     Download fact sheet

How as an individual and a business can you plan for something as unpredictable and catastrophic as an earthquake?

Earthquake Emergency Response will provide basic useable information to assist all staff with preparing for, and initially surviving a significant earthquake. Then work through the actions that staff may be required to carry out immediately after an earthquake to keep people safe, get everyone out, help others and get the business running again.

Staff will learn about planning for a large scale earthquake, the steps that can be taken now both for the business and at home, emergency supplies; again for both work and home, identifying risks to life within the workplace, survival tactics, and uncoordinated evacuation considerations.

Having and effective plan is a big part of having a bad day go ok for you. Really having people know what to do and know they can do it is the next bit. In the 6 or 8 hr version staff will learn how to and get an opportunity to use all the emergency response equipment on your worksite. This will include anything that is appropriate for your workplace and could include Civil Defence cupboard contents, breaking and escaping equipment, evacuation chairs or spill kits.

All of our Emergency Preparedness training is designed to work alongside other Emergency Preparedness training.

Option 4: Coordinating Emergency Response     Download fact sheet

Somebody is going to end up having to be a leader.

Having them confident and comfortable to take this on in an emergency will have better outcomes for everybody involved, and your business. Staff who may end up in a management role in an emergency need some extra skills, some can cross across from other aspects of business, but some need to be learned specifically; this is what Coordinating Emergency Response is about.

Learning skills and strategies to manage everybody involved for up to a number of days, without external assistance. In a big emergency help may be further away than the nearest Fire Station, you may have to look after yourselves for a number of days. Managing the people for this time is another job entirely than just evacuating at the first opportunity.

The course covers disaster leadership and crowd management, emergency zones and task and resource allocation as well as human behaviour and communication.

Option 5: Trauma First Aid Training       Download fact sheet

In a sudden or large scale emergency, assistance from an outside agency could be some time away or may not be able to gain immediate access to your location and casualties.

This course is designed to provide trauma first aid and triage skills to those faced with multiple casualty incidents. Emergencies with multiple traumatic injuries often requires additional skills and knowledge above what a basic first aid course covers. This will prepare them to take action to save lives and give those injured the greatest chance of recovery.

This course is very practical in nature and involves taking you through simulated events designed to reinforce immediate actions including triage and first aid, development of an action plan, basic rescue and patient handling techniques and the confidence to implement the plan with the resources available.