Should fire warden training be accredited?

A caller to our office asked whether “fire warden training needed to be accredited”. Our caller had called another provider who said that their course was approved by a trade organisation.

There is no requirement for accredited fire training for any member of staff under the Fire Safety Order 2005. Fire training should however, be given by somebody with sufficient knowledge, training and expertise.

If you need fire warden training in London or fire extinguisher training in London call our teams now for more details.


Can you have too many fire marshals and fire wardens?

During a recent fire warden course in London, an attendee asked whether you can have too many fire marshals or fire wardens.

This reminded our company of some fire marshal training in London we carried out for a large company in the City. At this fire marshal course our host stated that she had put in place:

  • Fire marshals (for office hours)
  • Deputy fire marshals (in case of absence of regular fire marshals)
  • Assistant deputy fire marshals (When the fire marshal was holiday or sick and the deputy fire marshal was not in the area when the fire alarm sounded)
  • Fire marshals (for outside normal hours)
  • Deputy marshals (in case of absence of an out of hours fire marshal)

Was this a bit excessive? The Fire Safety Order 2005 requires a building manager (responsible person) to have an evacuation procedure in the event of a fire in the building and sufficient suitable qualified staff to implement the fire evacuation procedure. It also requires an organisation to consider those at additional risk – ie Persons working early or late, persons working on their own, those with disabilities etc.

For details of our fire warden courses London or for a fire marshal course London at your workplace call us now on 0207 419 5001.

We also host regular open fire extinguisher courses in London or at clients premises.

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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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.

London Fire Brigade warn night club owners of fire safety responsibilities

London Fire Brigade chiefs have warned the owners of clubs, pubs and restaurants in the London not to be complacent about fire safety, following the fire that killed 230 people in a Brazil nightclub.

The Fire Safety Order 2005,places responsibility for fire safety with business owners / responsible persons who are required to have up-to-date fire safety emergency plans, including a fire risk assessment, which take into account how people would evacuate from a premises in the event of a fire. London Fire Brigade inspects and carries out FRA audits in  thousands of commercial buildings each year, including nightclubs, and if business owners are complying with the FSO they can be fined or even sent to prison. A few years ago, one company was fined £542,000 including costs!

Following the tragic fire in Santa Maria, Brazil, London’s fire chiefs are asking business owners to check that their fire safety plans are up-to-date and that they have completed a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment of their business premises. Issues that need to be considered include:

• Staircases and corridors should be kept clear

• Fire exit doors must not be blocked or locked from the outside

• Exit routes should be well marked • Fire extinguishers – roughly one for every 200 sq metres of floor space

• Staff should be trained in what to do in the event of a fire including fire marshal training London and disabled fire evacuation training

London Fire Brigade are also asking the public  to report to their local fire station any potential breaches of fire safety laws or obvious fire risks, for example blocked fire escapes or overflowing rubbish.

Steve Turek, the London Fire Brigade’s Assistant Commissioner for Fire Safety Regulation, said: “The events in Brazil this weekend are a tragedy but they should act as a stark reminder to all business owners, and especially nightclub owners, that there is no room for complacency when it comes to fire safety. Businesses must be able to show that they have thought about how they will keep people safe if the worst should happen and they do have a fire.

“The London Fire Brigade regularly inspects the fire safety of nightclubs and thousands of other businesses. If people are breaking fire safety laws, we will have no hesitation in prosecuting them, which could result in a fine totalling tens of thousands of pounds or in the worst cases a prison sentence. Similarly, if people see things they think is a fire risk, tell the business’ owner and if they don’t do anything, tell the local fire station.”

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New fire marshal course date London released

City Fire Training and Fire Training London have released a new fire marshal course London date. The course will be held at Toynbee Hall on 21st March 2013.

Spaces are limited as the course will include a practical fire extinguisher session. The course was half filled one day after release so spaces are expected to fill quickly.

The course will be a new version which closely follows government guidance, British Standard advice and fire service best practice. The course will also help persons who are nominated as responsible persons comply with their legal responsibilities under the Fire Safety Order 2005.

For more details of fire marshal courses London or fire marshal training London go to our websites now or call 0207 419 5001 and talk to an advisor now!

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.