Fire emergency

Find out what you need to do in the event of a fire.

If you discover a fire

  1. Warn people nearby - Shout Fire! Fire! Fire!
  2. Activate the nearest fire alarm call point
  3. If safe, turn off any electrical equipment which could cause a fire if left unattended 
  4. leave by the nearest safe route, assiting others if necessary
  5. Do not stop to collect belongings
  6. Close fire/smoke doors behind you
  7. Do not use lifts
  8. Report to the assembly point
  9. Ensure 111 is called for Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ)
  10. Do not return to the building until authorised, NOT when the alarm stop sounding
  11. Follow the instructions of all wardens and emergency services
  12. Only attempt to extinguish a fire if safe to do so and you are traind

Fire-fighting equipment

Most University buildings have extinguishers for small fires.

They should only be used by trained staff, and only if it is safe to do so.


All building and floor wardens will be wearing bright high-visibility jackets in an emergency. Building wardens wear yellow and floor wardens wear red. First aiders wear green.

Staff information: Warden duties.


Find out what you need to know about an evacuation, whether you are a student, staff member or visitor.

If you are a staff member, you have a number of responsibilities in an emergency evacuation.

Fire drills

At the beginning of each semester the University conducts trial fire evacuations.

This is an essential safety requirement to ensure that occupants of the building become familiar with the evacuation procedures.

Unlike many other organisations that only activate sounders, we check that our buildings’ entire fire protection systems are fully functional and test them as if it were the real activation. This means we can identify faults and resolve them immediately.

For more details, read the University's Evacuation webpage.

Alternatively, you can contact Health, Safety and Wellbeing.

Important phone numbers

Fire service
Phone: 111 (1 111 internal)

Phone: 966 (internal) or 0800 373 7550

  • Know your street address, building number and suburb.

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Version: 1.1
Last Updated: Apr 2024
Next Review: Apr 2027
Approver: Associate Director, Health Safety & Wellbeing