Emergency information

In case of emergency

In the event of a life threatening emergency contact Police/Ambulance/Fire on 0-000. Please be sure to dial the first 0 to make calls external to the University.

If safe to do so, note and report the incident to ANU security on 612 52249, an emergency warden or your supervisor.

An Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) is located near the Designated Resting Area on level 1 of CBE Building 26C. (For further advice with regard to location of AEDs on campus please see the map at this link Campus AED Locations.)

The Emergency flip chart provides a quick reference guide to effective action in the event of an emergency. (Please note that the alarms in CBE are designed to go to immediate evacuation alarm - not the alert alarm as stated in the flip chart.)

In case of fire

  • Do not use the lifts
  • Use the fire stairs only (do not use the main, open stairs in CBE Building 26C)
  • Feel doors for heat before you open them - if hot, do not open
  • Close doors behind you, but do not lock them
  • Always follow the instructions of the emergency wardens
  • Take your personal possessions such as wallets, keys, mobile devices and handbags with you
  • Make your way to the designated evacuation assembly point and wait for further instructions
    • Assembly Point for Copland/Crisp/PAP Moran and Arndt precinct buildings is the courtyard/quadrangle next to the Copland and Crisp Buildings
    • Current Assembly Point for CBE Building 26C is in front of the Arndt Building on Kingsley Street
  • Be aware of the layout of the floor the location of all exits points, fire fighting equipment and red phones. Be aware of all procedures - further information can be found at the Fire Safety page of the ANU Facilities & Services Division.

If medical attention is necessary

  • In an emergency where urgent medical attention is necessary always call an Ambulance - call 000
  • Cost/payment of Ambulance can be discussed at a later date
  • Staff should not drive colleagues to the hospital
  • Individual’s emergency contact should be contacted in any event where emergency services are not required.

Evacuation assembly point

Evacuation Plan

Click to see a larger version.

Emergency diagrams

Maps of each floor showing exits, fire-fighting equipment, 'break glass' call points, egress (exit) routes and assembly areas.

Please familiarise yourself with these diagrams.

Emergency telephone numbers

Use these numbers if dialling from a College telephone (landline).

Emergency (Police, Fire and Ambulance): 0-000

ANU Security: 52249

Work Environment Group (WHS): 52193

Health Service: 53593

Facilities and Services Division Help Desk: 54000

In a life threatening emergency dial 000.

When you call 000 (Triple Zero)

  • Do you want Police, Fire or Ambulance?
  • Stay calm, don't shout, speak slowly and clearly.
  • Tell them exactly where to come.
  • Give them the building address

Building address

ANU College of Business and Economics
The Australian National University
Building 26C,
2 Kingsley Street
Acton ACT 2601

Police assistance when not an emergency

Police assistance line

Phone number: 131 444

Call this number if you require police assistance, but there is no immediate danger.

Crime Stoppers

Phone number: 1800 333 000

Call Crime Stoppers if you have information about a crime. You may remain anonymous.

Police Station

Your nearest Police station is:

16-18 London Circuit,
ACT 2601,
Phone: +61 2 6256 7777

The red telephones are WIPs (Warden Intercom Phones) and are for the sole use of wardens. If you are a warden, you will have had instruction on the use of these telephones.

Emergency procedures

For dangerous goods, fires, spills and leaks

  1. Only if safe to do so:
    Assist persons in immediate danger
  2. Raise the alarm:
    • Contact the building's Chief warden or Deputy Warden (see the tabs below).
    • Ring the Fire brigade, Police or Ambulance on 000 (mobile) or 0-000 (land line) and ANU security on 6125 2249 (mobile) or x52249 (land line).
  3. Restrict access and confine the danger area/s.
  4. Only if safe to do so:
    Attend to the emergency
  5. Evacuate to the nominated assembly area, remaining clear of the danger area.
  6. Remain at the assembly area untill the all clear is given by the ACT Fire brigade, the Chief Warden or ANU Security.

Download the Emergency Procedures poster (PDF 98KB) 

Ms Gail McNamara

School Manager

Mr Andrew Martin

WHS & Facilities Support Officer

Naoko Kagawa

School Administrator

Ms Julia Woodruff

School Manager

Ms Donna Webster

School Manager

Lili Ceric

School Manager

Emergency warden procedures

Evacuation Exercises

Evacuation drills will be arranged by Chief or Deputy Fire Warden in conjunction with Heads of School. A complete evacuation exercise should be done at least once a year, to practice the emergency response procedure. A de-briefing is done by Emergency Control Organisation to identify any deficiencies in the procedures and Emergency Plan. Participation in these exercises will assist managers in meeting some of their obligations under the OH&S Act.

Evacuation Procedures

As a general rule, when an evacuation is initiated as a result of a genuine emergency situation or as a drill, the ECO should clear the building by directing staff, students and visitors to their designated assembly area as quickly and calmly as possible. ECO members should then report to the Building Chief Warden advising that their area is cleared, then move to their designated locations and await further instructions from the Building Chief Warden / Security or Emergency Services.

All other staff and students should report to and remain at the designated assembly area until the situation is cleared by the emergency services.

General Safety Requirements

It is recommended that you examine your site on a regular basis utilising the workplace inspection [2] checklist to ensure that:

  1. Corridors, aisles and walkways remain clear of obstructions.
  2. Exit doors remain clear and unlocked whilst the premises are occupied.
  3. Excess quantities of combustible materials are not permitted to accumulate anywhere on the premises.
  4. Extra care is taken in the use and the maintenance of heating equipment (ovens, kilns, hair dryers and heaters).
  5. There is not an accumulation of litter which may increase the danger of fire.
  6. Flammable liquids must be stored in Flammable Liquid Cabinet.
  7. The public address system is in working order.
  8. Fire and smoke doors are kept shut except during use; self-closing mechanisms are in operational order; doors close automatically and are not being held open with wedges or chocks.
  9. Fire stairs are kept clear at all times and are not used for storage
  10. All occupants are encouraged to observe the greatest care in the use of naked flames, matches, portable heaters, electrical appliances and other possible sources of ignition. Their immediate surroundings must be kept neat and tidy.
  11. Naked flames are not permitted for personal use e.g. Incense sticks or candles, aromatherapy materials etc. These items may be used for legitimate academic purposes, but must have a risk assessment completed.

General Building Information

Building Familiarity

Get to know your building e.g. the location of the gas or electricity shut off valves, who the occupants of the building are, where your emergency exits are located., how effective is the emergency lighting, what type of fire fighting equipment is available in the building.

Emergency Exits

Continuously illuminated exit signs identify emergency exit locations from all sections within the building. These lead directly or indirectly to an open space. (There are two types of exit signs directional with an arrow pointing in the direction of the exit and the exit sign above the actual exit door).

Emergency Lighting

Emergency lighting is installed in strategic places throughout the building. In the event of failure of the mains power supply, the emergency light will activate almost instantaneously and last for approximately 90 minutes.

Air Conditioning

Where a facility is equipped with a central air handling system, this system shall shut down when the fire alarm system activates. In general stand-alone split units are NOT connected to the fire alarm system.

Fire Safety Systems & Equipment

The University engages contractors to carry out statutory maintenance on all fire systems and equipment.


Testing schedule

Fire extinguishers

6 months

Fire detection


External fire hydrants

6 months

Fire hose reels

6 months

Sprinkler system


Evacuation Diagrams

5 years

Emergency Lighting

4 months

Fire Alarm

If the facility is equipped with an automatic fire detection and alarm system, then smoke and thermal detectors will be positioned strategically throughout the building as well as manual call points.

Activation of the automatic fire alarm system will:

  1. Notify the Fire Brigade and ANU Security control room;
  2. Sound the alarm throughout the building;
  3. Shut down air conditioning system and other types of services if required e.g. Gas.

Fire Fighting Equipment

Fire hose reels and portable fire extinguishers are located in easily identifiable locations throughout the building. Know their locations and their suitability for use on various types of fires e.g. electrical, flammable liquids and ordinary combustibles.

Please refer to portable fire extinguisher guide to determine the suitability for use on various types of fire.

Portable fire extinguisher

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

Emergency Planning Committee (EPC)

An emergency planning committee (EPC) shall be formed for each facility by the person or persons responsible for the facility, its occupants and visitors. Depending on the nature of the particular facility (ies), the EPC may be formed either for an individual facility or group of facilities. The EPC shall be appropriate for the particular facility (ies).

Those responsible for a facility or its occupants shall ensure that the EPC has adequate resources to enable the development and implementation of the emergency plan.

The EPC shall meet at least annually.

A record of EPC meetings shall be made and retained.

Toby McFadden

Manager - WHS and Infrastructure

Ms Gail McNamara

School Manager

Naoko Kagawa

School Administrator

Mr Andrew Martin

WHS & Facilities Support Officer


The EPC shall consist of not less than two people who shall be representative of the stakeholders in a facility one of which shall be management. The representative from management might include the following:

  • Director
  • Building custodian
  • Chief fire warden or
  • ANU fire safety officer

At least one member of the EPC shall be a competent person (a person who has acquired through training, education, qualification, experience or a combination of these, the knowledge and skill enabling him/ her to correctly perform the required task).


The EPC shall be responsible for development, implementation and maintenance of the emergency plan, emergency response procedure and related training in collaboration with building custodians, occupiers and ANU Fire Safety Officer.

The duties of the EPC shall be read in conjunction with the ANU Emergency Response procedure.

The duties of the EPC shall include the following but not limited to:

  1. Identifying events that could reasonably produce emergency situations;
  2. Ensuring that resources are provided to enable the development and implementation of the emergency plan;
  3. Ensuring that the emergency plan is readily identifiable and available to the appropriate persons;
  4. Establishing an emergency control organization (ECO) to operate in accordance with the emergency plan;
  5. Implementation of the emergency plan. The following shall apply to the implementation process:
    • Awareness of the emergency response procedures;
    • Training;
    • Testing the emergency procedures; and  
    • Review of procedures.
  6. Establishing arrangements to ensure the continuing operation of the ECO.
  7. Ensuring that the register of ECO members is current and readily available.
  8. Ensuring that the emergency response procedures remain viable and effective by reviewing, and testing the emergency response procedures at least annually.
  9. Ensuring that the emergency plan is reviewed at the end of the validity period, after an emergency, an exercise, or any changes that affect the emergency plan.
  10. Ensuring that a permanent record of events for each emergency is compiled and retained.
  11. Identifying and rectifying deficiencies and opportunities for improvement in the emergency plan and emergency response procedures.

Members of staff, students, visitors, contractors shall follow the reasonable directions form any ECO member.