Our 3-Step Escape Plan

  • First Escape Route
  • Second Escape Route
  • Meeting Place

Use this space to note any additional information about your escape plan, i.e. who will assist

Your checklist
  • Get low

    Smoke is poisonous and more deadly than flames.

    If you breathe smoke for more than a few breaths it can kill you.

  • Be fast

    A house fire can kill you in less than three minutes.

    Don't spend time trying to save possessions.

  • Close doors

    A closed door buys you time.

    It slows down the spread of fire, giving you more time to get to safety.

  • Get out - stay out!

    People have died by going back into a fire.

    Don't leave the meeting place to go back inside for any reason.

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The provision of water is crucial for firefighting. Our appliances only carry a limited supply to be used for putting out the fire and securing our personnel’s safety. Although additional tankers can be provided they may not be available everywhere and capacity is limited depending on the distance to the nearest water source.

It is therefore recommended to supply water either through the regional/local water network and street hydrants or where this is not feasible through static water supply tanks/ponds etc.

Water requirement flows and volumes are outlined in the Firefighting water supplies code of practice. Please note that some territorial agencies (TA) have adopted the code of practice in their regional plans.

For new and existing buildings Fire and Emergency New Zealand provides a Firefighting facility checklist (FFFC) that serves as a guide on information needed on discussion on accessible water. Please note that it also includes signoff sections for formal agreement needed for other firefighting facilities that might be needed to meet the requirements in relevant standards or the Building Code.