Should fire wardens act as evacuation buddies?


A recent caller to our London office asked about our fire warden courses in London. Our caller asked the usual questions:

  • What’s the difference between a fire warden and a fire marshal?
  • How often should fire wardens  be trained?
  • Should we carry out a roll call or sweep the building?

…and then an unusual question…

  • Should fire wardens act as evacuation buddies?

Regular readers of this blog will know the answers to the early questions and if you are a new reader go to our website Fire Training London or City Fire Training to find out the answers, but the last question we will answer here.

The Fire Safety Order requires a responsible person of a building or premises to have arrangements to evacuate persons from a building in the event of an emergency and sufficient suitably trained persons to assist with the evacuation. Government guidance notes detail arrangements for fire wardens and fire marshals and many fire training companies will offer advice on how they will assist with the fire evacuation. Further guidance (Means of escape for disabled people) talks about the need for Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans for disabled staff and appointing and training evacuation buddies. The guide mentions meeting a disabled person at the work station (ie desk evacuation) or at a prearranged point (ie a refuge). This would then strongly suggest that fire wardens should not act as evacuation buddies as both need to act quickly as soon as the fire alarm sounds.

For more details of our disabled evacuation course visit our website now

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