This is the most common question we are asked at any of our fire training courses!
Last week we carried out staff fire training for a partner organisation and were posed a number of questions from delegates attending the course. One organisation had 14 employees occupying two floors and a workshop area. We recommended at least two fire marshals being available at any one time. One for each floor. However, because of holiday commitments, sicknesses, meetings away from the premises, it is always advisable to train some deputy fire marshals in case of the primary fire marshals absence.
Whilst carrying out a fire risk assessment for a large industrial complex, our fire risk assessors came across first class fire safety good practice.
As part of the fire risk assessment process, our assessors view a range of fire safety management policies and procedures, as well as fire systems maintenance checks.
The organisation that we visited covered two sites and in excess of 15,000 sq metres floor space per floor with some parts of the building over three floors. In the past they had experienced difficulties in making checks of their site so now employ fire marshals to carry out the checks on their behalf.
Each week a fire marshal checks the following:
That each fire extinguisher is in place, that the pressure gauge is green and that the tag is in place
Emergency lights are checked and are operable
That the fire alarm is audible throughout their zone
That the voice alarm is audible throughout their zone
That all self closing fire doors close properly
That there are no wedges by any doors
That all fire exit routes are clear
That all fire exits can be opened easily
That there is no excessive build up of stores or materials in offices, factory areas etc
Although there was some works that need to be carried out to ensure fire safety compliance is fulfilled, this organisation performs its fire safety responsibilities to a very high standard.
The government have a guidance booked aimed at small to medium sized premises to help ensure they are compliant with fire safety law (Fire Safety Order 2005).
The booklet provides readers with information on how to carry out a fire risk assessment, fire safety management in building, fire training, fire drills and record keeping. It can be downloaded free of charge or you can buy a copy from the DCLG via their ol line web shop.
One of our sessions on our City Fire Training fire marshal training London describes the content of a fire emergency plan as required by London Fire Brigade. One part asks for details of fire training required. Here is what we think you should include in your fire emergency plan:
Training for those who act as buddies or assist with evacuation procedures for disabled persons
Those who call the fire service
The contents of the fire emergency plan and significant findings
Training for temporary workers – What will the content before someone who works for the organisation for 1 or 2 days and what will someone who works for a few months receive
Fire drills – Frequency
Those with responsibilities in the fire evacuation plan such as those who liaise with the fire service, incident controllers, caretakers, first aiders etc
It may be beneficial for the responsible person to receive some sort of training on how a fire risk assessment is carried out. This will allow them to understand the process and carry out their own fire safety audits against the FRA at regular intervals. For FRA mentoring contact London Fire Risk Assessment Consultants for fire risk assessments London.
City Fire Training carried out a fire marshal training for an Essex based NHS building. The building has a number of departments and organisations that work independently of each other and who are in effect separate organizations within the building.
In multi-tenanted buildings there must be co-operation between Responsible Persons. It is a requirement under the fire safety legislation for such co-operation.
The various departments appoint fire marshals to ensure the safety of staff during a building evacuation but it is evident that there was a lack of co-operation to ensure that other persons in the building are evacuated. Although the facilities management of the building provide training for all employees in the building, no properly constructed fire emergency plan existed in the building for any of the departments.
New works and renovation is being programmed for the building it will be essential that all departments and organisations co-operate with each other before building contractors begin building work. When five or more builders are on site or any number are likely to be on site for more than 31 days, both parties must comply with the Construction Design Management Regs. In addition as the building will continue to be used during the building works it will be important to implement Hot Work Permits for any work involving flames, grinding, welding etc.
Anyone who has tried to source fire marshal training London will know there are lots of companies offering fire safety training course services – all of whom profess to offer courses that will help the managers comply with the law!
This short article gives managers an overview of what their fire marshal training in London should include, how long it should take and how often fire marshals should have training.
Minimum content should include:
Details of the fire emergency plan
Fire evacuation procedure
Disabled fire procedures
Significant findings of the fire risk assessment
Fire drills (although not necessarily as part of the fire marshal training day)
How long should the training take?
There is no required length of the fire marshal training London
Training should be given by a competent person with sufficient knowledge, training and expertise
Frequency of fire marshal training
It is up to the manager but the decision should be based on the findings of the fire risk assessment and the fire emergency plan. We recommend greater frequency if there is high turnover of staff or high life risk.