Dear student,

We are holding a joint exercise on campus with Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AFRS) today (Friday 26 October). The AFRS will test its command & control and firefighting procedures and we will take the opportunity to test our fire protocols.

There will be up to six fire engines from local fire stations for the drill, which will take place at Norwood House. You may hear the fire alarm sound, during which time there will be a simultaneous evacuation when everybody in that building evacuates to a place of safety outside. You may see artificial smoke coming from Norwood House which is part of the exercise, there is no need to be concerned.

The exercise is an important reminder that, in the event of fire, all those who are able to evacuate should do so and make their way out of the building using the nearest available exit.

Avon Fire & Rescue Service’s advice for students includes:

  • Most fires start in the kitchen, usually when cooking has been left unattended.
  • If you have food on the hob or under the grill, stay in the kitchen so you can keep an eye on it.
  • If you’ve been drinking please give cooking a miss.
  • And remember, if you do have a fire: Get out, stay out and call 999.

If you’re in a University building dial 666 to call Security.

For further details visit Avon Fire & Rescue Service fire advice page for students.

Kind regards,

Mark Humphriss

University Secretary