New fire marshal course dates set by City Fire Training

A new fire marshal course London (fire warden course London) date has been set by City Fire Training Ltd.

The course will be held at Toynbee Hall, Commercial Road, Aldgate East, London on 30th Sept 2013.

The course will be attended by delegates from a variety of different workplaces. Attendees will be able to tackle a small fire during the fire extinguisher practical session. The fire marshal training London is based on government guidance booklets, fire service guidance notes and best practice and British Standard recommendations.

For those not requiring fire warden training London, can attend the morning session for fire extinguisher training. To book on the fire marshal course or fire extinguisher course London call 0207 419 5001


Whats the difference between a fire marshal and a fire warden?

What is the difference between a fire marshal and a fire warden? This is a common question to our office! There is no difference – apart from the name! The Fire Safety Order 2005 places duties on a responsible person. These include:

  • make adequate provision for general fire precautions and maintain them appropriately.
  • Produce an Emergency Fire Plan
  • Nominate persons to assist with the evacuation and emergency plan and train them accordingly

In layman’s terms this means that there should a fire evacuation plan, a number of fire marshals or fire wardens and that the fire marshals and fire wardens must be adequately trained.

City Fire Training Ltd provide fire marshal courses in London and surrounding areas. You can visit CFTs websites and view the availability of fire training courses in London by clicking on these links:

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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!

Do buildings need fire evacuation chairs?

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO) came into force over six years ago and included a requirement to take special note of fire safety relating to disabled persons and other vulnerable users. Despite the fact that this legislation became law in October 2006, many managers are still unsure or unaware of their exact duties.

Government guidance books can help managers carry out fire risk assessments for their buildings, produce fire emergency plans, evacuation procedures and implement adequate and effective fire safety measures. One book specifically covers “Means of Escape for Disabled People” and should help building managers and responsible persons make adequate provision for disabled staff, visitors and residents in buildings.

On a fire marshal course held by Fire Training London the question asked by an attendee was “Do we need evacuation chairs in our building?” The simple answer could have been “What does your fire risk assessment say?”, but instead the fire marshal training course attendees were asked what they thought the answer was. These were their answers!

“We do not need disabled procedures as we never have disabled visitors and do not have disabled staff!”

“We were told you can leave disabled persons in the refuges in the staircases and let the fire brigade get them out!!”

“We have skid chairs but no-one likes getting in them or using them!”

“We have a fire lift and evacuate disabled persons in them.” (Further investigation revealed it was a fire fighting lift which grounded when the alarm operated)

These answers demonstrate a clear lack of knowledge of not only the FSO and fire safety measures, but also issues such as disability and equality legislation.

So how should a fire safety manager or nominated person answer the question posed above? Well it really does depend on the fire risk assessment, on the type of building, the types of activities that are carried out and the people in the building! Every premise will have different risks and hazards, but they must have adequate arrangements to evacuate all persons from the building. Therefore, it may be best for organisations that have disabled staff, visitors or clients to provide themselves with the equipment needed to deal with any emergencies that arise.

Evacuation chairs are an efficient way of evacuating disabled or less mobile occupants in stair areas, but if this type of equipment is used it must be accompanied by a robust procedure that includes:

•Sufficient number of evacuation chairs and slings for all persons requiring evacuation – multi use of equipment that involves re-entry should be avoided wherever possible.

•Regular training for those that will operate the equipment. This should be first carried out by equipment specialists and then at least monthly by the operatives (Monthly refresher training should take less than 5 to 10 minutes for each person).  Training is best carried out without involving the disabled person in case transferring to the equipment causes an injury. Evacuating any disabled person should only be carried out during real evacuations and fire drills.

•A full assessment of all disabled persons working in the building to ensure that the equipment is suitable for their needs should be undertaken. This will be part of the Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEPs) process carried out for the individual. It is recommended that the individual also takes part in this assessment. Standard PEEPs should also be developed for occasional visitors.

•A robust and well-practised communications procedure to ensure that buddies and evacuation chair users meet disabled persons in suitable pre-arranged refuges, at their work station or room. They will also need to know all locations where evacuation chairs are kept.

•That any disabled evacuation / evacuation chair policy is part of a full system of escape and accounting procedure for the building.

Managers should  pay regard to the health and safety ramifications of not providing such evacuation chairs, as well as giving consideration to potential legal action and the personal dignity issues of carrying down a disabled person manually.

For further details and information why not book on one of fire marshal courses London or book a disabled evacuation course.

New fire marshal course date released for London

Fire Training London ((City Fire Training Ltd) have released a new London fire marshal course date at it East London venue.

The fire marshal course London will be held on 13th June 2013 and will be available to existing and new clients requiring fire marshal training in London or fire warden training in London. To book courses email or call 0207 419 5001.

Spaces are strictly limited as this course includes a practical fire extinguisher session.

How often should fire warden refresher training and fire marshal refresher training be carried out?

A caller to our London telephone team today asked how often should we carry our fire marshal refresher training and fire warden refresher training.

The Fire Safety Order 2005 requires a responsible person to carry out a fire risk assessment and produce a fire emergency plan. These documents will provide guidance to the level of risk and the plan should detail the frequency of all fire training depending on the risks posed.

Over the last three weeks we have been carrying our fire warden refresher training for an organisation in a high risk environment. Their fire warden refresher training includes:

  • Fire extinguisher theory and practical training
  • Identifying types of incident and appropriate responses
  • Tours of the building to gain a fuller understanding of the fire safety measures employed in the premises
  • Walk through fire drills
  • Monitored fire drills
  • Use of fire evacuation chairs
  • Use of emergency transfer slings and equipment

Such a course is clearly tailored to meet the organisations needs, but these are produced within are normal pricing structure. If your company or organisation has different fire procedures to the norm – call Fire Training London (City Fire Training Ltd) to discuss how tailored fire training can benefit your staff.

What is an fire emergency plan? fire marshal training London

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A fire emergency plan is required in all premises and details the action should be taken when a fire occurs in a building and must be available to all members of staff.  The fire emergency plan should be based on the significant  findings of the organisation’s fire risk assessment.  It is a legal requirement to have a fire emergency plan if your organisation employs 5 or more people in a premises. The information in the plan can be used as content for staff fire safety training.   The fire emergency plan will contain information to staff and other persons on –

Fire Procedures

• What to do when a fire is discovered in the premises

•   Action on hearing the fire alarm

•  Locations of assembly points outside the building (primary and secondary assembly points)

Fire Alarm Details

• Type of fire alarm system and any appropriate details (if any)

• How to raise the fire alarm in the event of a fire

Means of escape routes

• A floor plan detailing the fire escape routes

Fire fighting equipment (including fixed fire systems)

• Types of fire extinguisher (including location)

• Details of other fire fighting equipment such as sprinklers, suppression systems, fire blankets etc

Specific responsibilities in the event of a fire

• Responsible person

• Incident controller (The person in charge of any evacuation / incident)

• Fire marshals / wardens and deputy fire marshals / wardens

• Person calling the fire service

• Person meeting with the fire service on arrival at the premises

• Buddies responsible for evacuating disabled staff, visitors, guests or other persons requiring assistance

Arrangements for calling the fire service.

• Who calls the fire service and arrangements if that person(s) are absent

• Who calls the fire service out of normal working hours

• What information to give

Procedures for those at additional risk

• Evacuation of disabled persons

• Contractors

• Visitors

• Lone workers

• High risk process workers

• Other persons at risk as identified in the fire risk assessment

Process isolation

• Arrangements to shut down high risk processes

• Information to be provided to fire service

• Location of gas isolation, electrical switch rooms etc

Staff fire training

• New employees

• Regular staff fire training

• Fire marshals

• Buddies

Provision of information to relevant persons

• Representative bodies

• Other tenants in the building

• Neighbouring premises at risk

A fire emergency plan should be contained in a single document and the basis of the plan should be based on the findings of the fire risk assessment. Fire Training London and Fire Training Course .com assists organisations in the preparation of fire risk assessments, fire emergency plans, staff fire training and competent person support.