Natural England - Fire protection

Fire protection

All Natural England reserves and offices have fire plans, which set out actions to be taken in the event of a fire. These define areas of high risk, list the action procedures and show staff contacts and emergency telephone numbers.

Please ensure that you are familiar with the fire plan and/or evacuation procedures for the place where you are volunteering.

Fire outdoors

If you see a fire whilst volunteering on a National Nature Reserve:

  • Remember, your safety is the first priority

  • Do not attempt to tackle the fire yourself. Contact the Fire Brigade immediately. In an emergency dial 999. Contact the Site Manager as soon as you can.

  • If you can, prepare for the arrival of the Fire Brigade at the pre-arranged meeting point by unlocking gates etc.

  • When the Fire Brigade arrives, tell them briefly what has happened and point out any valuable feature (for example, the nest site of rare breeding birds) that may need a special effort to protect.

  • Follow any fire action instructions given to you by the Site Management staff or the Fire Brigade.

Fire indoors

If you see a fire whilst volunteering in a Natural England office:

  • Remember your safety is the first priority

  • Do not attempt to tackle the fire yourself

  • Raise the alarm

  • Exit the building by the nearest safe exit

  • Do not stop to collect belongings and do not use lifts

  • Assemble with other staff and volunteers at the designated meeting point

  • Do not re-enter the building until expressly authorised to do so

  • Follow any fire instructions given to you by Natural England staff or the Fire Brigade

If you have any questions about fire safety, contact your support adviser.