Do your staff need live fire extinguisher training? fire extinguisher courses London article

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City Fire Training Ltd and Fire Training London offer  live fire training courses and all staff can put out a number of small fires using our portable fire training rig. We can deliver the courses at your site or at our training centre in Aldgate East. Some of our customers elect for training at their premises and then take a short walk from the City to our  practical training area.

Our courses are based around Government guidance and will help your organisation meet legal responsibilities under the Fire Safety Order 2005.

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London Fire Brigade may accept emergency calls via Twitter

London Fire Brigade are considering accepting calls via social media forums such as Twitter a BBC report says. With the increase in ownership of smart phones, the LFB are looking at the possibility of mobilising fire engines and crews to calls made by persons using Twitter.

Although the LFB does not maintain its Twitter page over a 24 hour period there is a possibility that this may happen. It is not expected that many calls would come via this method as most phones have an immediate emergency call function.

City Fire Training Ltd siad “We checked to see whether it was April the 1st! After pushing the Xmas cards to one side I could see the it was a week before Xmas, so it is not an april fool story”. “More people should come on our fire marshal courses London. We will show them the correct way to call the fire brigade!”

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Daily duties of fire marshals – fire marshal courses London report

Fire marshal and fire wardens have important duties when a fire alarm operates in a building. A speedy evacuation can ensure that occupants leave the building safely and without injury.

Having sufficient numbers of suitable trained persons to implement the fire evacuation plan is a requirement of the Fire Safety Order 2005 and such persons should have regular training to help them perform their role. With such training, fire marshals can be asked to help with a number of important fire safety roles in the premises.

Daily  or regular duties of fire marshals could include:

  • Assisting developing and updating fire procedures
  • Providing basic fire training to visitors, new staff, temporary workers etc
  • Assist with regular checks of fire safety measures in the building such as, fire doors in good repair, both doors of double fire doors are operable, emergency lighting is still operable, that the fire alarm is audible throughout the building, fire extinguishers are in place and in good order
  • Taking part in fire drills (required by FSO)
  • Ensure escape routes are clear and available for us
  • Looking for fire hazards and issues that may affect the efficacy of the fire protective and preventive measures

Assisting with such duties requires frequent fire marshal training London. Our fire marshal courses London can assist responsible persons train key staff such as fire marshals and fire wardens. For more details click the links in this paragraph.


Houses of Parliament has no effective fire compartmentation

The Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament) has few fire safety measures. A recent internal report revealed a lack of effective compartmentation throughout the building.

“The condition of the building impedes modern fire safety approaches and it has proved impossible so far to implement effective fire compartmentation,” ………

………. “Because of the fate of the old Palace of Westminster the new Palace was designed…with fire proofing in mind…On the other hand a great deal of combustible material was used for interior decoration and the building was designed with ‘a comprehensive network of pathways’ in the form of ventilation shafts and inter-floor voids, unintentionally creating ideal conditions for fire and smoke to spread through the building.”

Although a sprinkler system had been previously suggested, says the report,previous advice in 2008 concluded that it was “virtually impossible to install without first resolving the already grossly overcrowded corridors”.New solutions and remedies are now being sought to increase fire safety in the buildings.

There have been no major fires recently, but there has been at least forty small fires reported from 2008 – 2012. The report also says there has been evidence of smoke travel through architectural voids in the building.

Documents published on the Parliament titled “Parliamentary Fire Safety Arrangements” states that the Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament) is legally bound to comply with Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and that enforcement duties are carried out by the Crown Premises Inspection Group (CPIG). The document reports:

“CPIG last inspected the Parliamentary estate in September 2011, recognising that attention had already been paid to increasing coverage of automatic fire detection and voice alarm systems, and compartmentation, and accessibility of fire safety training, but also identifying a number of improvements that could be made in these areas. These improvements form part of the Parliamentary fire safety improvement works programme.”

The website document says that there are approx 200-300 false automatic fire alarms per annum across the whole site, which is a reduction of 54% since 2005/6.

Compartmentation can be a major issue in old and listed buildings and therefore alternative protective and preventative fire safety  measures coupled with robust fire procedures and fire training of all staff and residents. Determining such measures should be carried out by professional fire safety consultants. For details of such services such as fire risk assessments London, fire marshal training London, fire training courses London contact London Fire Risk Assessment Consultants, City Fire Training or Fire Training London now.

The need for different fire evacuation plans – fire marshal courses London report

Different fire evacuation plans

At a recent fire marshal course, London, I was asked by a manager whether he thought he needed different fire evacuation plans for his building. He had identified various risk groups when carrying out a fire risk assessment and was not sure whether his fire evacuation plans were adequate.

It reminded me of a previous fire marshal course London we had carried out for a London council office. The premises were put to many types of use, including:

  • Council administrators office function during daytime hours
  • Out of office hours staff
  • Contract cleaners during night
  • An exercise class for retired residents from the local area
  • A  kids fun club on Saturday mornings
  • Public performance – Shows and plays
  • Indoor artists markets and small stall holder markets

Our view was that they needed various fire evacuation plans and trained fire marshals for their premises. One plan for each of the following:

  • Normal office hours ( required 8 fire marshals) using a sweep system
  • Out of office hours (1 roll call officer and 1 deputy) using a role call officer
  • An evacuation plan for the exercise class consisting of fire marshals and evacuation buddies
  • An evacuation plan for the Saturday club consisting of 3 fire marshals and 2 role call officers
  • Ensure that the cleaning contractors had an evacuation plan that was suitable and effective. This would include fire marshals and persons nominated to call the Fire Service
  • An evacuation plan consisting of 8 fire marshal using a sweep system for public performance events

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