Emergency management

RMIT University adopts a positive and proactive approach to emergency management, with the aim of minimising the adverse affects relating to the potential results of an emergency.

It encourages participation in, and ownership of emergency response procedures to ensure individuals can take part in their own safety management.

Mass Alert Testing

RMIT is committed to the safety and wellbeing of students and staff. As part of our ongoing commitment, we will conduct regular testing of our mass alert system to ensure we can provide you with information in the unlikely event of a major incident or emergency.

If you would like to learn more, please contact our Security Operations Centre on 03 9925 3895 or security@rmit.edu.au


The RMIT emergency procedures provide clear information regarding medical emergencies, fire and smoke, gas leaks, chemical spills, personal threats, bomb threats, emergency lockdowns and emergency evacuations. The procedures have been distributed to the members of the Emergency Control Organisation.


Evacuations are about saving as many lives as possible in the event of an emergency. Lifts must not be used in an emergency evacuation. When the Emergency Services arrive at your building, they may choose to use the lifts to assist them with their search and rescue activities.


Emergency wardens have been established to enable the University to deal effectively with emergency situations. All emergency wardens will be issued with an identifying Cap and Vest.

RMIT Emergency Warden list

RMIT’s Emergency Warden list (login required) is updated regularly to inform you of current emergency wardens in your area.

To make changes, any additions or amendments please contact jackie.donohue@rmit.edu.au

People with disabilities (mobility impaired)

During an emergency, persons with a mobility impairment must be found a safe haven until appropriate assistance is available (usually the Fire Brigade). A person must not be carried downstairs, but rather a person should stay with the disable person until appropriate assistance arrives. A fall down crowded stairs could be of such serious consequence that all reasonable steps must be taken to avoid it.

If a person with a mobility impairment cannot exit the building, the muster point for people with mobility impairment would typically be (in order of preference):

  • At the designated fire refuge (where the building has one and as marked on the Evacuation Diagram); or
  • At the fire rated stairs (as marked on the Evacuation Diagram); or
  • At the smoke isolated stairs (as marked on the Evacuation Diagram).

In buildings that have an Occupant Warning System that includes Warden Intercommunication Points (WIPs i.e. Red Phones), the optimum position for mobility impaired persons to muster is at a fire isolated stair nearest the WIP phone. At this location, the Floor Warden (if present) or the Mobility Impaired Occupant can call the Chief Warden to advise where person(s) needing rescue are located.

People with disabilities should be positioned or wait at the door of fire rated stairs unless there is a direct threat to their safety, e.g. fire, smoke, or other hazard. Where there is direct threat to the person(s) with disabilities, they should be positioned within the fire rated or smoke isolated ( if no fire rated stair is available) after the traffic in the stair has passed that level, and then be assisted inside the fire rated stairwell landing, to wait until assistance is available to enable the person(s) to be rescued by the attending emergency service.

An able bodied person should stay with that person until they reach the Assembly Area.

Fire isolated stairs have a fire resistance and provide a degree of fire and smoke protection. In the event of a fire, fire isolated stairs are regarded as suitable locations to shelter in until assistance arrives to carry the disabled person down the stairs.

The Warden is responsible for informing the Building Wardens, who will be at the Main Emergency Control Point or Fire Indicator Panel, that a mobility impaired person needs assistance.