Do your staff know the contents of their fire emergency plan?


All workplaces should have a fire emergency plan. It will be developed based on the type of workplace, work practices, the level of risk and the significant findings of the fire risk assessment.

The content of the fire emergency plan should include:

  • Action on discovering a fire – Consider providing advise for discovering small and large fires
  • Warning if there is a fire – details of the fire alarm system and what to do  when you hear it
  • Calling the fire brigade – arrangements for calling the fire brigade at all material times
  • Evacuation of the premises including those particularly  at risk – The fire evacuation plans for regular staff, disabled persons, visitors, persons working in high risk areas, persons working alone etc
  • Power and process isolation – How to shut off dangerous equipment / kitchen appliances etc
  • Places of assembly / roll call – Details of the assembly point(s) – Where is it, who is in charge / Evacuate to disperse policy?
  • Liaison with the emergency services – Who meets them and where (what will the person where to make them identifiable?)
  • Identification of key escape routes – The plan drawing detailing where all escape routes are located
  • Firefighting equipment provided – This will include fire extinguishers, fire blankets(?), suppression systems, sprinklers, dry risers etc
  • Specific responsibilities in the event of a fire – Detail the fire plan responsibilities  of key personnel and what all staff must do
  • Training required – The frequency and type of training for all persons, also the training required by persons with key duties in the fire evacuation plan
  • Provision of information to relevant persons – Ensuring that this plan is available to all staff, that staff receive regular updates and training, passing this plan and significant findings to other stakeholders in a premises

This plan and fire evacuation plan can be produced by our fire safety consultants and delivered to your staff on our general staff fire training courses, fire marshal courses and other in house fire training programmes.

Call City Fire Training for more details.

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Out of hour procedures – fire marshal training London article


City Fire Training recently carried out a series of fire safety services in London for an LLP based in the City.

Following the retirement of a member of staff, two persons were allocated the role of Chief Fire Marshal and Deputy Chief Fire Marshal. They had no previous experience and asked our company to provide fire marshal training for their London  staff, a fire risk assessment and a fire emergency plan that required updating.

During both the fire training and fire risk assessment process, it was clear that there were no procedures for those that worked early or late in the offices. This was our solution.

A baton system was to be used as an out of hours procedure. The baton located in the centre of each floor would identify what areas had been searched in the event of an incident out of hours. All staff who regularly started work before normal operating hours and those that often stayed late are to be given additional fire training by in-house staff detailing the baton system. We also recommended that the person discovering the fire should call the fire service or nominate another person to do so if they are involved in tackling the fire with a fire extinguisher.

For more details of fire marshal courses London, fire risk assessments in London and fire emergency plans call 0207 419 5001 now!