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All present and accounted for

- August 22, 2012

Safety is our first concern at The Infants' Home – and our latest fire drill proves preparation is everything.

Our fire wardens on duty.
 

Moving more than 180 children, 50 staff, 15 volunteers and a group of construction workers to safe ground in the event of fire is no straightforward task.

But this week's fire drill at The Infants' Home went by without a hitch. In fact, our fire wardens say it was textbook training.

Firemen from Ashfield Station organise some safety procedures in Henry Street.
 

New emergency procedures

Since building on our new Early Learning & Care Centre has started we have had to establish a new safety area off Henry Street. 

Ashfield Police and the NSW Fire Brigade were on hand to give some reality to the event and to offer advice.

The firemen were impressed with the children's evacuation to nearby Richmond Avenue.

Children, educators and cares gather in one of our safe evacuation zones.
 

Safety comes first

The Infants' Home conducts regular planning and practice to ensure the safety of children, educators, family members and anyone else on our premises in the event of an emergency.

"It is vital to plan and to practice so we can develop evacuation and safety procedures that are effective," says The Infants' Home CEO Anita Kumar. 

"Emergency evacuation practice takes place at least once every three months at different times of the day and on different days of the week."

Babies from Rigby House with educators and carers from The Infants' Home.
 

Our fire planning resources

The Infants' Home has devised fire emergency procedures by referring to the following sources:

Parents and carers can read our Emergency Evacuation Policy for more information. 

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