How often should residential care home staff have fire training?

That was a question to our office this morning! So how often should care home staff have fire training?

Frequency of fire training should be provided according to the risk in a premises. For example; a small single storey building on a quiet road with just ten staff would require less frequent training that an office on the 60th floor of the Shard? Why? Well there are more chances of a fire in the Shard with hundreds of different tenants and escape routes or procedures will be more complex.

A residential care home should be considered high risk. Often with many immobile or confused service users, staff will need  frequent fire training to ensure that any procedure is carried out efficiently and without delay.

For details of our residential care home fire training course go to our website or call 0207 419 5001


Fire warden training in Essex, fire extinguisher training in Essex and a few other courses!!

City Fire Training provide fire training in Essex and have a  number of fire training courses available for companies and organisations based in Essex. Here is a quick overview of our fire training services:

Fire warden training Essex – We provide in house and open fire warden courses in Essex. Half day and full day formats available. Our open fire warden courses Essex programme is carried out in Colchester and other large towns and cities.

Fire marshal training Essex – We are also available to provide in house fire marshal courses in Essex and can tailor them to suit specific workplace types. Open fire marshal training in Essex courses are held in conjunction with a local first aid provider.

Fire extinguisher training in Essex – We provide on-sire practical fire extinguisher training. Our in house fire extinguisher courses in Essex will help managers meet their statutory fire safety responsibilities and duties.

Care home fire training in Essex – Our care home fire training Essex programme is provided as in house training programmes. Our course includes fire awareness, fire extinguishers, delayed, progressive horizontal and full evacuation info, types of incident, monitored fire drills (subject to numbers), care home fire procedures, moving vulnerable persons.

School fire training in Essex – Our fire training for school staff course in Essex can be delivered as part of an inset day programme, twilight session, early starter training as part of a normal training day. based on government guidance, we also provide ECFRS guidance on fires in schools.

Fire safety on construction sites in Essex – We provide fire training on construction sites in Essex. The course is based on HSE and British Standard recommendations. Courses can include a practical fire extinguisher session subject to practical fire extinguisher exercise site survey.

Fire evacuation chair training in Essex – We provide fire evacuation chair training for many types of organisations including the Fire Service. Yes!! We have provided fire evacuation chair training to fire service staff to rescue disabled persons from their fire stations and buildings. For details of evacuation chair courses in Essex – call our team now.



Care home fire procedures – good practice example

Many residential care homes carry out regular fire training for staff. This will probably include theory extinguisher sessions, evacuation theory, practical fire extinguisher training, tour of the building detailing protective and preventive measures, emergency evacuation manual handling and fire drills.The aim of such content is to provide an efficient procedure and that staff know exactly what to do when a fire alarm operates in their building.

A typical residential care home fire plan may look like this:

When the fire alarm sounds:

  • All care staff go to main fire panel
  • Other staff – turn off kitchen equipment / appliances and then report to the panel
  • A member of staff should be allocated to call the fire service
  • Manager / senior staff on duty to send  first pair of staff  to arrive at fire panel to the affected fire zone (investigation team) (they may take an emergency transfer sling or similar equipment / care home phone / radio)
  • Manager / senior staff to send additional staff in pairs when they arrive at the fire panel (these persons may take additional slings / wheelchairs in case they are needed for evacuation)
  • When all staff have arrived at the fire panel (optional – manager may silence alarm if this distresses residents / dementia service users) (All staff should be aware that this does not mean that the event is over)

If the fire alarm resounds this may mean that an incident has operated another smoke detector and staff should be extra vigilant

At the affected fire zone:

  • First staff (investigation team) to enter zone using the correct door procedure
  • Start checking rooms / area looking for incident / smoke detector that has operated (This will be a thorough check including on any en-suite rooms
  • Shut any door that may not have shut when alarm operated – ie bathroom doors / toilet doors etc
  • Member of the investigation team should direct other staff to rooms that have not yet been checked as they arrive at the affected zone
  • Staff to offer reassurance to residents in rooms that are not affected by fire
  • If a member of staff detects a fire / smoke / smell of smoke  in a residents room  or other area they must –“Call for help from colleagues” and move any person in that room / area immediately, provided it is safe to do so – Good communications is key!
  • If a fire is detected / smoke is seen / smell of smoke the investigation team should inform manager / senior by care home phone / intercom or runner
  • If the fire alarm has not resounded when a fire / smoke / smell of smoke has been discovered, the fire alarm call point should be located and the fire alarm raised again
  • Start the appropriate fire evacuation procedure – this may be delayed evacuation / progressive horizontal evacuation / full evacuation procedure depending on the stage of the incident
  • Utilise personal emergency evacuation plans (PEEPS) where necessary – These may need to be distributed to arriving emergency services if the evacuation is not yet complete


  • Ensure visitors ( relatives of residents, visiting health workers, delivery persons etc) are evacuated to the assembly point outside of the building
  • Kitchen staff to turn off appliances and leave kitchen in safe condition
  • Domestic staff – turn off appliances and report to fire alarm panel

On arrival of the fire service:

  • Manager / senior staff to tell officer in charge of fire service what the incident involves and location
  • Take instructions from fire service officer on whether to change evacuation procedure (delayed / progressive horizontal / full)
  • Move residents affected by the incident to a safe area using wheelchairs, hoists, safety slings etc.
  • Using residents PEEPS consider relocation of persons if necessary (part of a post incident plan)
  • Account for all staff and residents

Night shifts:

  • The same fire procedure will apply – one person at the fire panel – two investigating / implementing the evacuation plan
  • Additional persons (if any) to assist evacuation
  • Ensure the fire service is called
  • If there is a fire, smoke or smell of smoke move any resident in immediate danger  provided it is safe to do so. Resound fire alarm if it is not already operating
  • Ensure all doors are shut

Additional note: Be aware that a fire alarm will probably open all secure doors in any “Dementia wing”. Some service users may try to wander from the area. Post incident head counts should be carried out after the incident.

For more details of this type of training call Fire Training London or Fire Training Course . Com and discuss how we can help your care home. Our care home fire training can be delivered in 2 or 3 hour formats.