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Maintaining an approved evacuation scheme

Once you have an approved evacuation scheme, you must ensure everything described in the scheme is maintained.

  • If your approved evacuation scheme is online, the reference number will begin with 'EV'
  • If your approved evacuation scheme is not online, the reference number will begin with 'MUEV'

I want to maintain an online approved scheme

If you've elected to carry out trial evacuations:

4 weeks before you are due to do your next trial evacuation (as indicated by your answer to question 4.4 in your evacuation scheme) you will be sent an email reminder.

What you need to do:

  1. Pick a date for your trial evacuation at least 10 days before the due date, find the evacuation scheme in maintain my evacuation schemes dashbaord
  2. Click the "Complete an online notification" link for that scheme and complete the form.
  3. On the date, do your trial evacuation.
  4. Within 10 working days after your trial evacuation, complete an online trial evacuation report.

What if I can't carry out the trial evacuation on the date I've entered in my online notification?

  1. If you're within 10 days of the date you're due to carry out the trial evacuation, on your dashboard, you'll see a postpone button. Click this and fill in the form which appears.
  2. If you're not within 10 days of the date you're due to carry out the trial evacuation, there will not be a postpone button. Simply complete a new online notification for the trial evacuation with a new date.

If you've elected to carry out a training programme:

4 weeks before your nominated date (as indicated by your answer to question 4.8 in your evacuation scheme) you will be sent an email reminder.

What you need to do:

  1. Review your training programme.
  2. Complete an online notification to give us the required information about the training programme.

Managing reminders:

You will get reminders for the following:

  • All
    • 4 weeks before your chosen date or 6 month due date
  • Trial only
    • On the date you chose for the trial evacuation
    • 5 days after your chosen date or at 6 months to complete a trial report

How do I unsubscribe from the reminders:

  1. Select the Manage my reminders area
  2. Select the scheme you want to unsubscribe from reminders.
  3. Uncheck the "Send Reminder" check box.
  4. Click the 'Save Changes' button.

If you wish to unsubscribe from all reminders you can click "Disable All Reminders" link near the top of the reminders dashboard.

How do I add more contacts to receive the reminders:

All reminders will go to the contact email provided in the approved evacuation scheme or the contact email provided on previous notifications. If you want reminders to go to additional people you can add them as follows:

  1. Select the Manage my reminders area
  2. Select the scheme you want to subscribe for additional reminders.
  3. Add the emails into the secondary emails field (one email in each text box).
  4. Click the 'Save Changes' button.

I want to maintain a non-online approved scheme

Notifications and Evacuation Reports

Notifications and trial evacuation reports can be posted, faxed or emailed to the relevant Fire Service office. Refer to appendix G of the NZFS Guide to Evacuation Schemes for a list of Area offices and contact details.