2 What if there is a fire?All study staff who will be working on the floor must know the fire plan. This ensures subject safety. It is also a JCAHO requirement.
3 Disaster Responsibilities As an employee of Massachusetts General Hospital, you are considered a disaster worker for the city of Boston. In a fire or any other disaster, you must help in any way you can.In a disaster, you may not leave the hospital until dismissed by your supervisor.
4 Fire PlanIf you see a fire, yell “Code Red” and the room number. Remove all subjects from the room of the fire and close the door.Any employee hearing “Code Red” should pull the nearest fire pull station.If the alarm does not sound, call Security at
5 Where are the fire pull stations? At the far end of each wingNext to the service elevatorNext to the main elevator bank
6 What does the alarm sound like? The alarm sound specific to White 13 is “!!!… !… !!!… (3, 1, 3)”
7 What is “Protect in Place”? The CRC follows the “Protect in Place” method during a fire. This method is described below:First, remove all subjects from the room of the fire. Then, close the doors to all other patient rooms and all corridor doors.
8 Fire ExtinguisherBring a fire extinguisher to the location of the fire.Operate the extinguisher using the “pass” method.Pull the safety pinAim at the base of the fireSqueeze the triggerSweep back and forth
9 Where are the fire extinguishers? At the far end of each wingNext to the service elevatorNext to the main elevator bankNote: These are the same locations as the fire pull stations.
10 What do I need to report?At all times, you must know where your subjects are, their condition and their mobility level.
11 What about medical gas?Only a clinician or emergency personnel can shut off medical gas.However, everyone must be able to point out the medical gas shut-off valves if necessary.The shut-off valves are on the wall between the shower and the tub room.
12 What else do I do?If you have any medical records at the time of the fire, secure them in the nearest file cabinet.Clear the corridors by moving non-essential equipment into patient and exam rooms.
13 Where do I go? Meet at the elevator lobby to await orders. You may not leave the unit unless an evacuation is ordered.
14 When do I evacuate?Orders for a horizontal evacuation will be given by either the Nurse Director, Resource Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Operations Coordinator, Buildings & Grounds, or emergency personnel.Orders for a vertical evacuation will be given by either the President of MGH or the Boston Fire Department.
15 What types of evacuations are there? To Bigelow 13 and Ellison/Blake 13Horizontal evacuation: move across to either Bigelow 13 or Ellison/Blake 13.Vertical evacuation: move downstairs to White 12 or White 11. Do not use the elevator.Fire pullStairsFire extinguisher
16 How do I evacuate?Be ready to assist in moving subjects (even those who are not your own) if an evacuation order is given.If any of your subjects are able, ask them to assist those who cannot evacuate on their own.
17 What else do I need to know? If asked, you must be able to furnish the MSDS binder to emergency personnel. This is located on the wall next to the study staff computers.The binder is bright yellow, with red lettering.
18 What about a clothing fire? Follow “Stop, Drop, and Roll”.Wrap the person in a blanket before rolling.
19 What if I have more questions about fire safety? You can visit the MGH Fire and Life Safety website at
20 Contacts Jennifer Kambegian, CRC Operations Manager (617) 724-3477