Emergency plan and training
In November 2012, the Bastions building was the theater of a special evacuation exercise of people and cultural property carried out in collaboration with the PBC department. The exercise involved some 40 different agencies, including the Bibliothèque de Genève, the Fire and rescue services (professional firefighters), the city’s volunteer firefighters, the Cantonal police department, paramedics, the Airport security services (SSA), as well as the Cantonal disaster and emergency services (PC), nearly 240 people in all. Multiple objectives were involved, i.e., test the response plan in case of an emergency (water-fire) by putting library personnel and first responders in a 1:1-scale real-world situation of a fire in the building; evaluate operational coordination between the various emergency agencies in managing a major event; assess the gains made during the theoretical and practical training sessions put together by the Bibliothèque; draw post-exercise conclusions in order to improve procedures.
The Bibliothèque hopes to reinforce this preparation by, in the short term, drafting emergency plans for all of the library’s sites, while continuing to work with its staff in learning effective first-response gestures through regular exercises and continuous monitoring of security documents and verification.