During a recent fire warden course in London, an attendee asked whether you can have too many fire marshals or fire wardens.
This reminded our company of some fire marshal training in London we carried out for a large company in the City. At this fire marshal course our host stated that she had put in place:
- Fire marshals (for office hours)
- Deputy fire marshals (in case of absence of regular fire marshals)
- Assistant deputy fire marshals (When the fire marshal was holiday or sick and the deputy fire marshal was not in the area when the fire alarm sounded)
- Fire marshals (for outside normal hours)
- Deputy marshals (in case of absence of an out of hours fire marshal)
Was this a bit excessive? The Fire Safety Order 2005 requires a building manager (responsible person) to have an evacuation procedure in the event of a fire in the building and sufficient suitable qualified staff to implement the fire evacuation procedure. It also requires an organisation to consider those at additional risk – ie Persons working early or late, persons working on their own, those with disabilities etc.
We also host regular open fire extinguisher courses in London or at clients premises.