1978, 24 Minutes
A disturbingly realistic film about a fire in a high-rise hospital.
This program pulls no punches and has never dated. The issues remain the same. Designed to blast through the complacency of an "it can't happen here" attitude, the docudrama vividly portrays a series of credible events that could easily happen in a hospital, large nursing home or any high-rise complex. Hospitals Don't Burn Down! shows the terrifying speed with which flames and smoke can engulf a building and the difficulties of evacuating the seriously ill and incapacitated, especially at night with a skeleton staff and when visibility is low. The consequences are disastrous in this drama - it need not be that way.
Produced by Film Australia for the Department of Veterans Affairs by Kingcroft Productions Pty Ltd. © 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.
Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith
Featured People: Jeannie Drynan, Mark Edwards, Ray Marshall, Ralph Cotterill, Ken Goodlet
Running Time: 24 Minutes
Classification: Exempt from classification
Curriculum Links: Relevant for OH&S courses that promote workplace safety and programs within hospitals and other large institutions; Emergency procedures / Disaster response training programs.