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Emergency Control Organisation

Emergency Control Organisation (ECO)


Floor or area wardens and wardens should be appointed consistent with the level of their day-to-day responsibilities. The responsibilities should be attached to a specific position, to ensure where possible, that the person appointed to the position, in either a permanent or temporary capacity, carries out the necessary functions.


Persons appointed as floor/area wardens and/or warden should—

  • be capable of performing their duties;

  • have leadership qualities and the ability to command authority;

  • display effective decision-making skills;

  • demonstrate the capability to remain calm under pressure;

  • be available on-site to undertake their appointed duties;

  • be capable of effectively communicating with occupants and visitors;

  • be capable of deputizing for other positions on the ECO; and

  • be able to undergo relevant training.


Emergency Compliance Services ECO course will equip your staff with the skills required to act as a fire warden during an emergency. By selecting an appropriate number of fire wardens and conducting regular fire warden training, your organisation will ensure that your personnel are capable and ready to deal with any workplace emergency that may occur.


As per Australian Standards 3745 - 2010 Planning for Emergencies in Facilities, the training shall address, but not necessarily be limited to, the following:

  • The duties of the ECO as described in the emergency response procedures and emergency plan.

  • Procedures for the specific emergencies contained in the emergency plan.

  • Responding to alarms and reports of emergencies.

  • Reporting emergencies and initiating the installed emergency warning equipment.

  • Communication during emergencies.

  • Pre-emergency activities

  • Emergency activities.

  • Post-emergency activities.

  • Occupants and visitors with disabilities.

NOTE: This may need to include training on personal emergency evacuation plans.

  • Human behaviour during emergencies.

  • The use of installed emergency response equipment.

NOTE: Examples include evacuation chairs, evacuation sheets and WIP phones.

  • The performance of the building and its installations during a fire or other emergency.

NOTE: Examples include fire doors, emergency lights, exit-signage, sprinklers, ventilation and smoke control systems and fire-rated stairs.

The training shall include exercises and assessment.


Course Duration: 2hours

Prerequisite: No pre requisite requirements


Note: This is not a nationally recognised course. Successful completion of the course results in the award of a Statement of Attendance. 

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