City Fire Training launches new Cambridge Fire Training website

Following a number of fire safety enquiries from outside London, City Fire Training have launched a new website to assist business owners, managers and those with responsibilities for fire safety in Cambridge and surrounding areas.

The website details such courses as Fire marshal courses Cambridge, Fire extinguisher courses Cambridge and a host of others specifically for Hotels, Schools, Residential Care Homes and those with fire evacuation chairs.

In addition to fire training services in Cambridge, CFT will also provide fire risk assessment services in Cambridge and will continue to use the PAS 79 reporting FRAs that have been so popular in London.

Other pages of the site include the latest  fire safety news in Cambridge, as well as some of the popular DCLG fire safety guidance notes downloads.

The Cambridge Fire Training site should appear at the top of your pages soon!!!



How many fire marshals does my building need?

This must be one of the most common questions fire safety instructors are asked!
Unfortunately the number of fire marshals needed will vary from building to building, the type of evacuation method employed and may also vary at different times of the day. Other factors to determine the number will include:
·         The type of activities carried out in the premises
·         The numbers of employees or visitors to the building
·         The layout of the building and its fire safety measures
·         The type  occupancy using the building and level of risk associated with that type of premises

However the following tips can be used to obtain a general estimate of the numbers needed:
·         When using sweep, baton system, starburst or physical check methods one fire marshal per sixty seconds of search area.
·         Try to have at least one deputy for each fire marshal – Remember fire marshals go on holidays, call in sick, attend training courses, go out at lunch and nip to the toilet occasionally!!

If all fire marshals start sweeping a building at the same time this means that all staff and visitors should be outside the building or in a safety staircase or fire exit route within sixty seconds of the alarm being sounded.

For roll call systems consider the following points:
·         How long does it usually take for the fire service to arrive at your building when an alarm sounds?
·         How long does it take for all staff and visitors to evacuate from your building?
·         What is the difference in time between these two answers?
·         Calculate the number of roll call officers required to call out roll call names before the fire brigade arrive

Do you have different fire procedures for normal working hours and outside normal working hours? Some organisations work 24 hour operations but often with different numbers of staff. These situations will often need different types of evacuation procedure and different numbers of fire marshals to operate them!

Remember – A successful fire evacuation procedure will only work if all staff practice fire drills and carry out regular staff fire training.
For details on how to train all of your staff cheaply and efficiently contact City Fire Training.
For more details of fire marshal courses London go to the City Fire Training website now.

Fire emergency plans need reviewing regularly

City Fire Training provides fire training services for Essex County Fire and Rescue Services trading arm , the Fire Service Safety Partnership. This week we were commissioned to carry out a fire marshal course in Kent for a well-known national charity.

The fire marshal training course was for managers and staff at a series of homes that assist elderly persons, disabled persons, those experiencing extreme hardship and  difficulties in their personal life and persons needing housing assistance.

The fire marshal training was provided  for three of charities homes. Each had differing circumstances and it was encouraging to see they understood issues such as delayed evacuation , progressive horizontal evacuation and full evacuation depending on the circumstances of a fire / fire alarm actuating. However, one home had a changing client profile, with the possibility of completing changing all persons in the building within a three-month period.

We recommended that the home had regular reviews of their fire emergency plan, fire evacuation policy and personal emergency evacuation plans, in order that it met the ever-changing situation in the building.

In addition, to the changing position, it became apparent that there although there were staff on duty during the day, there were no staff on duty at night-time. This situation would also need to be reviewed in case there were people at the home that needed assistance to evacuate in an emergency.

All staff had the opportunity of tackling fire during fire extinguisher training session. Readers wishing to book fire extinguisher training courses London, fire marshal courses London, contact City Fire Training now.

We pick our favourite fire information sites!

So where do we go if we want the latest news in the fire industry? Here are a few of our favourite websites and blogs:

London Fire Brigade


Essex County Fire and Rescue Service

City Fire Training

These websites will provide you with the very latest fire safety news including latest incidents in London and essex, fire safety prosecutions, fire risk assessments London news and fire safety training courses such as fire marshal courses london.

Keep a look out on this blog for more great sites and blogs.


Latest fire safety training course list

City Fire Training Ltd have released their latest fire safety training course list.

The courses include fire marshal courses London, fire extinguisher training London, hotel fire safety , residential care home fire training, school fire safety, fire evacuation chair training, licensed premises fire safety, fire risk assessment training and mentoring and evacuation procedures for disabled people courses.

As many readers will be aware that fire safety training is a legal requirement under the fire Safety Order 2005. Earlier posts on this blog detail frequency  of the staff fire training sessions.

Readers will also know that when workplace fire safety officers carry our fire safety audits of their buildings they will ask to see the fire risk assessment, the fire emergency plan and any records pertaining to fire safety management of the premises. This will include records of fire training.

To book a course for your employees and to help ensure that you main legal compliance contact City Fire Training Ltd now.

On-site training or attendance at an open course?

As a responsible person you may have decided that some of your staff need fire training. Your fire risk assessment and fire emergency plan should detail the frequency of training, so the numbers requiring training may make the decision of whether to have an on-site course or send staff to an open course, an easy one!

What are the pros and cons of an open course ?


  • There can be a variety of open courses to choose from (for example the Fire Service Safety Partnertship provide courses in London for £264 per person. Do remember though that they no longer use uniformed officers for their courses – the training is outsourced)
  • Some open courses are accredited (Remember there is no requirement for accredited fire training and these may be more expensive as they will include a short exam at the end)
  • You can probably be find an open course near you but you may have to vary providers as many do have regular open course programmes


  • Your staff are likely to be out all day even if it is a half day course
  • You will probably have to pay transport costs
  • They are expensive if you have to send more than two or three persons
  • The course will be generic and may cover issues relating to workplaces unlike yours

Alternatively you could opt for an on-site course:


  • More convenient for you and your staff
  • Staff can deal with emergencies at work or important work easily
  • Cost effective if training more than a few people
  • The course can be be bespoked to include your evacuation procedures and fire emergency plan


  • Not cost effective if you only need to train one or to persons

So there are a few things to consider if your staff need fire training. For more details of fire training in London why not visit the training course page of City Fire Training.

How to pick a first class fire training company

If you have decided to pick an external company to carry our your staff fire safety training courses you need to make sure that you select the right type of fire training company.

So how do you pick the right trainers? Here are some options:

  • Fire Service trainers – Fire services certainly have a great reputation but make sure the fire trainers have the correct fire safety knowledge. All fire officers start off as operational firefighters. Make sure that their fire trainers have a background in fire training and workplace fire safety. Fire services are often the most expensive type to engage so make sure that you engage them for the right type of training such as fire training for managers and fire marshals were a greater understanding of government guidance and local policy will be required.
  • Private sector fire training companies come in all different sizes. Many are formed by ex fire officers – Again make sure that the trainer as training and workplace fire safety background. You may wish to select a few questions you know the answer to and then ask those questions!! See if the company is part of any approved groups or has fire industry accreditation. Lastly make sure you have a long chat with the trainer or their managers and go with your gut feel!
  • On-line fire training. All fire training should be based on the fire emergency plan of the premises / organisation. Therefore on-line training may need to be supplemented by another sit down training session

The most common courses picked by London companies are fire marshal courses London and fire extinguisher courses London, but other such as Fire safety for schools, residential care home fire training and fire safety in hotels.