Fire safety is very important and a great deal of attention is devoted to this at the Maastricht UMC+. For instance, measures are taken to prevent fire or to minimise the impact of a fire.
Sprinklers and smoke detectors
Hand-held extinguishers and fire hoses are present within all departments and wards of the hospital. Smoke detectors have been installed in virtually all areas with an increased fire risk. Some departments and wards also have a sprinkler system due to their higher fire risk, such as the central warehouse.
In-house emergency response team
The Maastricht UMC+ has its own in-house emergency response team, known in Dutch as Bedrijfshulpverlening (BHV). This emergency response team has been set up to prevent and/or limit damage and harm to patients, visitors, and employees as far as possible during dangerous situations and emergencies. The employees who are members of the in-house emergency response team have been specially trained for their roles. All year round, at least five in-house emergency response team members are present at the hospital, 24 hours a day. In the event of an emergency, they are on the scene within three minutes.
Escape routes and evacuation plans
You will find an escape route in every department of the Maastricht UMC+ showing the route to be taken to leave the department or building in the event of an emergency such as a fire. In addition, every department has an evacuation plan in addition to the general MUMC+ emergency plan). For each department, this evacuation plan specifically sets out the particular characteristics of that department in relation to fire safety and how to act in the event of an evacuation.
Drills and practices
In order to ensure that everyone is properly prepared for an emergency, the in-house emergency response team regularly holds small-scale and larger-scale emergency drills (simulations/practices) in and around the building. These sometimes take place in cooperation with the Maastricht Fire Brigade and the South Limburg GHOR (Geneeskundige Hulpverlening bij Ongevallen en Rampen - medical assistance organisation for accidents and disasters). The GHOR is the organisation with responsibility for processes for medical assistance in the event of disasters and large-scale accidents.
The Maastricht UMC+ holds fire and evacuation drills approximately eight times a year together with the Maastricht Fire Brigade. In addition, the Maastricht UMC+ organises around twenty so-called ‘dry exercises’ each year, i.e. without water and without the presence of the fire brigade.