Exercise Benefits / Facts
The Florida Capital Region Chapter – Association of Continuity Planners undertook an effort to develop and facilitate a workplace fire exercise entitled “Operation ASAP – A Workplace Fire Tabletop Exercise”.
This exercise served as an opportunity for businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies throughout Leon County to assess the capabilities of their business / workplace disaster response plan in the aftermath of a commercial fire.
At 10:37PM on Sunday a motorist driving past your organization’s workplace notices smoke coming from a vent on the top of the building. Using his cell phone the motorist calls 911 to report a fire.
Within several minutes of notification the fire department has arrived. Upon sizing up the scene and establishing an Incident Command firefighters begin to battle the conflagration that is consuming the building.
Because the fire is proving more difficult to extinguish than originally thought, the Incident Commander asked for additional resources. A second alarm is sounded and the supplementary firefighters and equipment arrive. It takes another 21 minutes before the fire is extinguished.
At 7:49AM on Monday the first arriving staff members are shocked to see that their workplace has been severely damaged. They stand in the parking lot waiting for someone to give them directions as to what they should do.
The Operation ASAP Tabletop Exercise was conducted on the morning of August 3, 2011.