What do fire marshals do for eight hours every day?

This is what a delegate on a recent fire marshal courses London asked one of our instructors!

We asked what the group thought!:

  • The job they are paid to do!
  • A walk around the floor that they are responsible for
  • Check that corridors and fire exits are clear and can be used by everyone
  • Looking for hazards that might cause a fire
  • Looking for obstructions that build up during the day
  • Training new staff
  • Training temps who are there for a day or two
  • Reporting back to the responsible person that the fire alarm was audible in their patch
  • Providing support for  evacuation procedures for disabled people
  • Practicing their role in a fire drill or taking notes as others (deputies) practised
  • Evacuating the building when a fire alarm went off for real!!!

Now we thought the group on the fire marshal course London done a pretty good job – maybe the need to write the next Fire Safety Order 2005 guide. Fire marshal training London is available from City Fire Training at your premises or at one our open courses.


For any other fire safety London needs or details of our other fire training courses London visit www.cityfiretraining.co.uk


How many fire marshals do we need? A recent question…

We were asked this question at a recent fire marshal course London. In fact this is one of the most common question we are asked at our fire marshal courses London.

City Fire Training recommend the following advice for responsible persons selecting fire marshals or providing fire marshal training London – If you operate a sweep system then you need to ensure all areas are clear in about 60 seconds. Get one person to check an entire floor and time them – if it takes three minutes then you need three fire marshals or fire wardens for that floor and an appropriate number of deputies. If you account for persons using a roll call ensure the  lists you call from are accurate. Get one person to rad out all of the names, calculate how long it takes to evacuate all persons from the building. Make sure you have enough roll call officers to call out the names before the fire brigade arrive.

For more advice on fire training  courses London, workplace fire risk assessments London or fire risk assessors London call City Fire Training or London Fire Risk Assessment Consultants

Fire extinguisher training London – new link

Today we link to Fire Extinguisher Training London – a website that deals specifically with fire extinguisher training for staff employed in London.

Delegates may attend an open fire extinguisher London course or be trained at their own site. A practical firefighting session can be included if you have a suitable area outside your site that meets the training teams risk assessment criteria.

Readers are reminded that staff fire training is a legal requirement of the Fire Safety Order 2005. Details of the fire training needed is in Government guidance and should include the contents of the fire emergency plan.

Click the link below to go to Fire extinguisher training London or for more details of fire extinguisher courses London:


For other fire safety London or city fire training courses visit the CFT website


Fire marshal courses London – a quick guide to what your fire wardens nedd to know!

An internet search will reveal many organisations offering the best quality training and ensuring you that your fire marshals and fire wardens will be able to act quickly and decisively when an incident occurs in your workplace. Our websites say the very same thing!!!

But what should you look for in your fire marshal course London? A good fire marshal course London or fire warden course London will probably contain the following type of information:

  • A fire awareness session detailing how people behave and how quickly fires can spread in buildings
  • Fire extinguishers – this will include information on the types of fire extinguishers available, classes of fire, safety tips when using the extinguishers and other general advice such as maintenance, checks and siting of extinguishers
  • A practical fire fighting session – if you have a suitable space outside a practical session could give your staff the confidence to tackle fires should one occur.
  • Daily responsibilities of fire marshals and fire wardens – this will include simple staff fire training of new staff and temps, advice on fire drills and hazard spotting or general housekeeping to keep the building safe from fire
  • The contents of fire emergency plan – These plans are a requirement of the Fire Safety Order 2005 and all staff should be able to access this information, an explanation of what this includes will be useful to fire marshals during informal training discussions
  • Evacuation strategies and accounting methods. This session gives practical advice on the most suitable accounting systems for various types of building and work processes
  • Evacuation procedures for disabled persons  – This is another requirement and staff must know what to do immediately by implementing organisation procedures
  • General advice on fire evacuations – such as assembly points, who calls the fire service, dealing with those that do not want to leave the building etc

City Fire Training provides fire marshal courses London, fire warden courses London on open courses and can carry out fire marshal training london at your premises for unlimited numbers of staff. Click the link below for more information:



Fire drills and staff fire training

Managers should carry out enough fire drills to ensure that all staff practice at least once a year.Government guidance says that the benefits of surpise fire drills may be outweighed by the health and safety issues associated with giving no prior warning.

City Fire Training say ” All staff should be informed of fire drills. If they are told when a fire drill occurs and know when the fire alarm is tested, when the alarm goes off for a real emergency, staff will know it is a real event”.

Everyone must participate in the fire drill, but if this causes extreme difficulties or poses a security risk , then some persons may remain in the building, however a another fire drill involving those who did not take part should be held. You should record the result of each fire drill in your fire log book.

The Fire Safety Order 2005 requires responsible persons to nominate and train a sufficient number of staff to help carry out fire drills and emergency evacuation procedures. This includes training on how to operate any fire-fighting equipment considered necessary.

Fire safety induction training

The responsible person must provide all employees with instruction and training so that they know what to do in the event of a fire and any other details in the fire emergency plan.

Every employee, including those on temporary or short term contracts must know:

  • how to raise the alarm if they discover a fire
  • who contacts the fire brigade
  • how to use the fire extinguishers and any other fire fighting equipment
  • how to evacuate the building
  • where the assembly point is

City Fire Training carries out regular fire marshal courses London and fire marshal courses Essex. For more detail visit our website www.cityfiretraining.co.uk


30 people evacuated from restaurant fire in Charing Cross, London

Around 30 people were evacuated after a fire broke out in a restaurant and office building on West Street in Charing Cross, WC2 yesterday evening.

Part of the extractor fan from the first floor to the roof was damaged by the fire. The Brigade was called at 1932 and the fire was under control by 2033. Four fire engines and around 20 firefighters were at the scene. Crews from Soho, Clerkenwell, Euston and Paddington fire stations attended the incident.

The cause of the fire is under investigation

All business premises require a fire risk assessment and this must be recorded if there are more than fire emplyees on site. Responsible persons musr ensure fire safety London and there are many aids to do this.  For fire risk assessment London get in touch with London Fire Risk Assessment Consultants

150 people evacuated from Royal Marsden Hospital – 21st March

!50 people were evacuated of a strong smell of smoke at The Royal Marsden hospital. The smoke was created by building work being carried out nearby. Firefighters ventillated the building.

Readers are reminded that all staff need to be aware of procedures in healthcare premises. Fire marsahl courses in London maybe suitable for evacuating non essential staff and visitors, but all staff should be aware of progressive horizontal evacuation, delayed evacuation and evacuating disabled persons procedures.

For any fire safety london needs visit http://www.cityfiretraining.co.uk

Advice to occupants of High Rise Flats and Apartments

Your building has been specially designed to resist fire, stop the spread of smoke and provide a safe means of escape. But should there be a fire in your block you need to ensure you protect yourself and your family.

There are simple measures you can take to keep you and your family safe:

Your building has been specially designed to resist fire, stop the spread of smoke and provide a safe means of escape. But should there be a fire in your block you need to ensure you protect yourself and your family.

If the fire is IN your flat or apartment:

• Follow your escape plan: get everyone out, stay out, call the Fire Service out.
• Close your doors to contain the fire.
• Activate the fire alarm if the building has one.
• Go down the nearest stairs, DO NOT use the lift.
If there is a fire, but it is NOT IN your flat or apartment:

• Call the Fire Service; NEVER assume that someone else has already done so – you could save someone’s life.
• If there is no smoke in the hallways or stairwells, and it is safe to do so, follow your escape plan.

However, if stairs and hallways are filled with smoke: If it is TOO DANGEROUS to follow your escape plan:
• Phone the Fire Service and stay inside your home.
• Keep your door closed and put towels or bedding round the bottom of the door to block smoke.
• The Fire Service will attend very quickly to escort you to safety.

City Fire Training Ltd remond landlords and owners of flats and aprtments that a fire risk assessment must be carried out in the communal / common areas of their buildings. The fire risk assessment must be suitable and sufficent and can be checked by London Fire Brigades workplace fire safety teams. Fire Safety London and surrounding areas is our priority – make sure it is yours too!!!