What do you think? Should staff be warned of fire drills?


Whenever this question is asked at one of fire marshal courses in London, we get a mixed view. Slightly more favour not telling staff as this may help find out what a real evacuation will look like.

We take a different view! Here is why we think all staff should be warned of a fire drill:

  • If all staff know when drills take place and fire alarms are tested – a better response should occur when a fire alarm goes of for a real incident!
  • It provides the opportunity of setting a scenario which may make staff take a different route from the building.
  • It provides for an opportunity for fire marshals and deputy fire marshals to practice the fire evacuation procedure and put in place any learning opportunities.
  • It allows staff to use the drill as a training opportunity.
  • By not telling staff this may lead to complacency and a false sense of security.
  • Fire Brigade fire safety handbooks recommend it!
  • It may prevent panic and any possible injuries!

Not everyone will agree, but we think the case for telling staff about fire drills has been made!!!

 

For more details of fire marshal training courses in London or fire warden courses in London call us on 0207 419 5001 now!

Fire Service strike in England and Wales today


A four hour fire service strike will take place at midday today. The strike is about proposed changes to the fire fighters pension scheme that could see all frontline personnel working until they are 60 years old.

The row centres on issues of competency – this when a frontline fire fighter could fail his medical check and be dismissed and not paid his/her pension until they are 65 years old, despite paying in 12% (and rising to 16%) of their wages in pension contributions.

The Fire Brigades Union believe fire fighters (men and women of 60 years of age) could be placed in danger, as well as members of the public. Some news pundits believe the series of strikes could continue until the next general election.

City Fire Training Ltd believe that businesses and organisations could now be at greater risk if they have a fire during one of these strikes. Although fire authorities have a duty to provide fire cover during strike action, it will be well below normal standards of cover.

Training staff on fire procedures and sending fire wardens on fire marshal courses London or having in house fire marshal training in London may help minimise risk and increase staff safety. For details of our fire training in London call our teams now on 0207 419 5001

 

Are fire marshals and fire warden a legal requirement?


Our new website “fire training in London.co.uk” has a new fire marshal tip of the week page! Each week we will provide responsible persons new points to consider regarding their fire evacuation procedures, fire marshal training and fire emergency plan. Why not save us as a favourite.

This week we look at whether fire marshals and fire wardens are legal requirement. The answer may be a little more technical than you first thought.

For an organisation to have safely and successfully evacuate all persons from their premises, there must be a sufficient number of suitably qualified and trained persons doing the rights things at the right time! This not only includes fire marshal and fire wardens but all members of staff and volunteers that work in the premises..

 The Fire Safety Order 2005 requires a “Responsible Person” for a building or premises, who has duties under Articles 8 – 22 of the Order. This person has a number of fire safety management duties that include:

 Fire precautions for the premises

  • Prevention and procedures for all times of the day
  • Carry out regular fire risk assessments or appoint a competent person to do so on their behalf
  • Maintenance fire fighting equipment
  • Maintain fire alarms, fire emergency lighting and other fire safety features
  • Nominate and train competent persons to assist with the fire evacuation
  • Provide information to staff and relevant persons
  • Produce a fire emergency plan

General staff also have specific responsibilities under the Fire Safety Order 2005. must fulfil their “general duty as an employee” under Article 23 of the Order and in addition have a “duty of care” under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Fire marshals and fire wardens are employees or volunteers who have been nominated as competent persons for that role under Articles 15 – 18 of the RRO. Their competence has been determined by:

  • The extent of their training (should be relevant to the premises in which they work)
  • Maintenance fire marshal training via instruction and regular fire drills
  • Their experience and knowledge of their workplace and the activities that take place there
  • Other suitable qualities to ensure the implementation of the organisations fire evacuation procedure

Fire marshal training (such as our fire marshal training in London programme) is required on a regular basis. The frequency will be determined by the organisations fire risk assessment  significant findings (as required by Article 9) and the fire emergency plan. Fire marshal training / fire warden training should be carried out; initially, because of any change in circumstances in the premises, because of new or increased risk and periodically in accordance with Article 21 of the RRO.

For more details of any of our fire warden training programmes or fire marshal courses in London – call our office now! Remember our courses are based on government guidance booklets, fire service best practice advice and British Standard recommendations. Each attendee on our courses will receive a certificate of attendance and have access to our online fire safety handbook. As previous providers of fire marshal courses in London for the Fire Service Safety Partnership you can be sure that our courses will be perfect for your needs!

 

Ensuring fire safety measures are in place before opening up for business


Our company was asked to carry out a fire risk assessment at a new facility owned by a technology company in London. The organisation that has been established for 6 years and decided to expand to enable it to produce a new range of high end technology instruments.

Our fire risk assessment found that there was no fire alarm, no emergency lighting to BS 5277, no fire exits or fire exit signs, no in date fire extinguishers in place, no staff action notices, no staff fire training etc.

Before starting work in a premises an organisation must ensure that fire safety measures are in place to protect staff and visitors in the building. We have provided advice that will help the company on a temporary basis and provide long term solutions to ensure fire safety at all times.

For more information on fire risk assessments London or fire marshal training in London, open fire marshal courses London or fire extinguisher courses contact our team now on 0207 419 5001