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Fire Safety

Fire safety is divided into two streams: hospital-hosted and non hospital-hosted. The actions taken in each environment have some differences. Fire safety training for hospital-hosted locations are provided in Hospital Fire/Code Awareness (FHSFSF), and fire safety training for non hospital-hosted locations are provided in Fire Safety Training (FIRETR). Both courses are offered on Mosaic under the Regulatory Training tile.

If you work in MDCL, CRL or IAHS, you require FIRETR. If you work in the hospital environment, you require FHSFSF. If you work in both environments, you require to take both.

FIRETR has a repeat frequency of 3 years. FHSFSF is required to be repeated annually per the hospital fire plans. When you complete a course, immediately put a reminder in your Outlook calendar to repeat it.

All teams should have a predetermined external meeting area. This area should be communicated regularly to all team members.

Hospital personnel should have an internal code staging area, where personnel meet for discussion of next steps during a code red. This area should be communicated regularly to all team members.

Hospital Location

A fire in a hospital is Code Red. Code Red has Stage 1 Alarm and Stage 2 Alarm. Stage 2 bells ring faster than stage 1 bells. Code Red is announced overhead.

Stage 1 Alarm

When you hear code red, return to your desk and pay attention to the overhead instructions.

Stage 2 Alarm

When you hear the Stage 2 Alarm, stop and wait for instructions. If you are called to evacuate, do so in the manner instructed. It may be that you are moved to a different area on the same floor, you may be instructed to go down a floor or you may be instructed to leave the building. This is a highly controlled activity, therefore it is important that you pay attention and obey instructions.

Upon Discovery of A Fire or You See Smoke


  • Remove persons in immediate danger.
  • Ensure door is close to contain fire and smoke.
  • Activate fire alarm at nearest pull station.
  • Call the emergency number for your building.
  • Try to extinguish the fire only if you are trained and it is safe to do so.

Smell of Smoke

If you smell smoke but you do not see smoke or fire call your location’s emergency number. Report smell of smoke. Give your name, your building and your exact location.

Non Hospital Location

When you hear the bells, you must shut down your work safely and exit the building.

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