Some guests, not all, were affected by two evacuations at Northbank in the early hours of this morning. If you were affected, we’re sorry!
The good news is, everything worked as expected and, the evacuations were triggered correctly in accordance with the Building Code of Australia. I am pleased to advise there was no actual fire and, the sensors picked up an issue within the car park levels and identified correctly an evacuation may be needed. Accordingly, again in line with legislation, a staged evacuation was automatically triggered.
A staged evacuation affects only certain floors and escalates automatically if needed. Onsite security was supported by extra security staff attending and the Melbourne Fire Service. I also attended both evacuations and can confirm things went well. Under Australian Law, it is illegal to stop an evacuation or silence the alarm system once activated and, the only authority who can is the MFB who attended and did so.
In this tower at Northbank, these are the first evacuations I can think of in the past 18 months and, having two in one night is certainly something we haven’t experienced before.
Whilst these were inconvenient, they should be expected from time to time in a high-rise building, whether it is a hotel or self-contained apartments. The fact that everything worked correctly shows the importance of these systems and third-party management and support of them.
I want to personally thank you for your patience, no doubt like myself, you would have liked an uninterrupted sleep. Unfortunately, these things do happen from time to time in a high-rise building and, we’re sorry that this may have affected you!
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