That was a question to our office this morning! So how often should care home staff have fire training?
Frequency of fire training should be provided according to the risk in a premises. For example; a small single storey building on a quiet road with just ten staff would require less frequent training that an office on the 60th floor of the Shard? Why? Well there are more chances of a fire in the Shard with hundreds of different tenants and escape routes or procedures will be more complex.
A residential care home should be considered high risk. Often with many immobile or confused service users, staff will need frequent fire training to ensure that any procedure is carried out efficiently and without delay.
Fire marshals and fire wardens require training to carry out their organisation fire evacuation plan. Fire emergency plans detail what will happen in an emergency and the frequency of staff fire marshal and fire warden training.
Our fire marshal training Essex programmes and fire warden training Essex courses detail what is required of staff performing an evacuation role. Course content is a mixture of government guidance, British Standards and published fire service advice, as well as over 20 years of experience with the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service industrial training programme.
All workplaces should have a fire emergency plan. It will be developed based on the type of workplace, work practices, the level of risk and the significant findings of the fire risk assessment.
The content of the fire emergency plan should include:
Action on discovering a fire – Consider providing advise for discovering small and large fires
Warning if there is a fire – details of the fire alarm system and what to do when you hear it
Calling the fire brigade – arrangements for calling the fire brigade at all material times
Evacuation of the premises including those particularly at risk – The fire evacuation plans for regular staff, disabled persons, visitors, persons working in high risk areas, persons working alone etc
Power and process isolation – How to shut off dangerous equipment / kitchen appliances etc
Places of assembly / roll call – Details of the assembly point(s) – Where is it, who is in charge / Evacuate to disperse policy?
Liaison with the emergency services – Who meets them and where (what will the person where to make them identifiable?)
Identification of key escape routes – The plan drawing detailing where all escape routes are located
Firefighting equipment provided – This will include fire extinguishers, fire blankets(?), suppression systems, sprinklers, dry risers etc
Specific responsibilities in the event of a fire – Detail the fire plan responsibilities of key personnel and what all staff must do
Training required – The frequency and type of training for all persons, also the training required by persons with key duties in the fire evacuation plan
Provision of information to relevant persons – Ensuring that this plan is available to all staff, that staff receive regular updates and training, passing this plan and significant findings to other stakeholders in a premises
This plan and fire evacuation plan can be produced by our fire safety consultants and delivered to your staff on our general staff fire training courses, fire marshal courses and other in house fire training programmes.
Our team has recently carried out fire training in Cambridge including fire marshal courses in Cambridge, fire extinguisher training in Cambridge, fire risk assessments in Huntingdon and have had several calls from universities, colleges and schools requiring specific workplace programmes.
Call us if you need a fire marshal course in Cambridge, fire extinguisher course in Cambridge, care home training in Cambridgeshire or school fire training in Cambridgeshire.