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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Fire wardens and fire marshals in the same building


We recently undertook a contract to provide a fire risk assessment, fire emergency plan and fire training package for a buildings fire wardens and fire marshals.

Does a building need fire wardens and fire marshals? This building did and here is a brief resume of why this building needed this type of training.

Our client was a London youth centre. The building was used during the daytime by children and disabled service users and by local young people in the evening. The building had a number of permanent staff who acted as either dedicated evacuation buddies or fire wardens. Fire wardens provided a sweep of the building to ensure all persons had left when a fire alarm operated. Evacuation buddies provided assistance to service users and their helpers using evacuation equipment installed in the building.

Fire marshals were persons who bought their service users from outside establishments. Their primary role was to evacuate children, disabled persons and any other personnel in their charge.

We provided  fire warden training London  for the established permanent workers. Fire marshal courses London for the visiting staff. Evacuation chair training for both evacuation buddies and fire marshals.

For more details of our fire marshal courses, fire warden courses London etc. Call us 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!

 

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.

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


Fire marshal course London report / Fire Training Course .com

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.

Fire marshal courses London increased uptake in 2013


City Fire training report that there has been a strong uptake in fire marshal courses London in 2013. The end of 2012 also saw increased demand in fire training for companies and organisations in the capital.

The move to Toynbee Hall, Aldgate East and the inclusion of practical fire extinguisher training has proved popular with City based firms. Many have elected to take short half day courses which allows staff to return to work in the afternoon..

Fire marshal courses London, fire warden courses London, fire extinguisher courses London and other general staff fire training courses continue to be the most popular courses run be City Fire training and Fire Training London.

Readers are reminded that staff fire training is a requirement of the Fire Safety Order 2005. Responsible persons of organisations must carry out a fire risk assessment and produce a fire emergency plan. These will help detail the type and frequency of fire training in your workplace.