Emergency Control Organisation

An Emergency Control Organisation (ECO) is a structured organisation of persons to organise and supervise the safe movement of occupants of a building or a group of buildings in an emergency.

At The Australian National University, the ECO can consist of the following roles:

  • Building Chief Warden
  • Building Deputy Warden
  • Communications Officer
  • Building Floor Wardens
  • Building Wardens
  • Safety Officers

Note: After hours ANU Security officers will act as Building Chief Wardens.

The CBE ECO is listed below:

CBE Building 26C

Chief Warden: Andrew Martin

Deputy Warden: Donna Webster


Toby McFadden Abhinav Mehta Juliana Ng Andrew Martin
Lily Zhang Geordie McGuiness Richard Farran Steve Sault
Francis Hui Belle Evans Patricia Dennis Lucas Danes
Smriti Bajrachrya Steven Roberts Tejshree Kala Eunice Khoo
Terry (Tian Yao) Zhang      
Copland Building 24

Chief Warden: Gail McNamara

Deputy Warden: Julia Woodruff


Nigel Martin  Ariun Bayarjargal                                     
LF Crisp Building 26

Chief Warden: Gail McNamara

Deputy Warden: Julia Woodruff


Devyani Gupta Tue Gorgens Ruth Southwell Anushka Patal
Amy Wen Alida Gyory Anita Soldic  
PAP Moran Buildings 21 and 26B

Chief Warden: Gail McNamara

Deputy Warden: Julia Woodruff


Steven Wu Edward Russell Jennifer Thistlethwaite
Janet Lee Alison Evans  Antoinette Bosman
Grant Pearson Louise Lu  
HW Arndt Building 25A

Chief Warden:  Naoko Kagawa

Deputy Warden: Lili Ceric


Juergen Meinecke Maria Racionero Cagri Kumru  
Beth Lawson Husnia Hushang Thomas Tao Yang  
Responsibilities, authorities and duties

The Emergency Control Organisation (ECO) has been established to deal with all emergency incidents that may affect the safety and wellbeing of staff, students and members of the public on campus. The specific roles for each position are detailed in this section.

Members of the ECO are required to control crowds and implement an appropriate response provided the ECO emergency response procedures are followed.

Responsibilities of the Emergency Control Organisation

The Emergency Control Organisation is comprised of several members (as listed above, depending upon the size of facility) drawn from the occupants of the building. The responsibilities of the ECO during an emergency are to:

  • Conduct an orderly evacuation of the building’s occupants, including members of the public who may be in the building at the time, to a safe place of assembly
  • Assist the Emergency Services
  • Operate portable fire fighting equipment if trained to do so as long as it is safe to do so.


Primary roles of ECO members are listed below:


a)      Building Chief Warden

  • Maintain a current register of ECO members;
  • Replace ECO members when a position becomes vacant;
  • Organise regular exercises;
  • Ensure the emergency response procedures are kept up to date;
  • Attend meetings of the EPC, as appropriate; and
  • Ensure personal ECO identification is available.

b)      Wardens:

  • Ensure that all occupants are aware of the emergency response procedures;
  • Carry out safety practices (e.g., clear egress paths, access to first-attack Equipment and disposal of rubbish);
  • Ensure personal ECO identification is available; and
  • Attend training and emergency exercises, as required by the EPC.

In case of Emergency ensure ANU Security 52249 has been called by building chief warden or relevant authorized person.         

The actions to be undertaken by the ECO in the event of an emergency shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

(a)    Building Chief warden:  On becoming aware of an emergency, the chief warden shall take the following actions:

  • Respond and take control, as appropriate;
  • Ascertain the nature of the emergency and implement appropriate action;
  • Ensure that the appropriate Emergency Service has been notified;
  • Ensure that floor or area wardens are advised of the situation, as appropriate;
  • If necessary, after evaluation of the situation and using all of the information and resources available, initiate an action plan in accordance with the emergency response procedures and control entry to the affected areas;
  • Brief the Emergency Services personnel upon arrival on type, scope and location of the emergency and the status of the evacuation and, thereafter, act on the senior officer’s instructions; and
  • Any other actions as considered to be necessary or as directed by Emergency Services.

(b)    Deputy Building Chief Warden:  The deputy building chief warden shall assume the responsibilities normally carried out by the building chief warden if the building chief warden is unavailable, and otherwise assist as required.

(c)    Wardens:  On hearing an alarm or on becoming aware of an emergency, the floor or area wardens shall take the following actions:

  • Implement the emergency response procedures for their floor or area;
  • Ensure that the appropriate Emergency Service has been notified;
  • Direct wardens to check the floor or area for any abnormal situation;
  • Commence evacuation if the circumstances on their floor or area;
  • Communicate with the chief warden by whatever means available and act on instructions;
  • Advise the chief warden as soon as possible of the circumstances and action taken
  • Assist occupants with special needs;
  • Co-opt persons as required to assist a warden during an emergency; and
  • Confirm that the activities of wardens have been completed and report this to the chief warden or a senior officer of the attending Emergency Services if the Chief Warden is not contactable.

(d)    Emergency response team: Members of the emergency response team shall carry out activities as set out in the emergency response procedures and the following:

  • Respond to the emergency as directed by the chief warden;
  • Communicate the status of the situation with the chief warden; and
  • Hand over to and brief Emergency Services on arrival.

The actions to be undertaken by the ECO after an emergency should include, but not be limited to, the following:

a)      Building Chief warden:

  • When the emergency incident is rendered safe or the Emergency Service returns control, notify the ECO members to have occupants return to their facility, as appropriate;
  • Organize a debrief with ECO members and, where appropriate, with any attending Emergency Service;
  • Compile a report for the EPC, management, ANU fire safety and OHS; and
  • Lodge a University incident report via HORUS.

b)     Emergency response team:

  • Clean and service used specialised equipment; and
  • Replace specialized equipment as necessary.

NOTE: The re-entry and post emergency actions should be done in collaboration with the facility owners, managers, occupiers and employers.

Hierarchy and identification

The control of emergencies will be greatly assisted if key personnel can be quickly identified by staff, students, visitors and officers of all emergency services.

Wearers Title    Vest or helmet colour    Image
Building Chief Warden or Deputy  White White Vests
Warden Red Red Vests
First Aid Officer Green Green Vests

Resources required by members of the ECO Team

  1. Helmet, caps, hats, vest or Tabards with wearers identification
  2. Floor plan of building identifying the following features:
    • Location of exits;
    • Location of fire fighting equipment;
    • Location of Warden Intercommunication Phones (WIP);
    • Location of Fire Panel (FIP);
    • Location of Emergency Warning and Intercommunication Panel (EWIS); and
    • Evacuation assembly areas.
  3. Key  to open the OWS/EWS/EWIS panel if installed