Fire Training London as produced an article on delayed evacuation, progressive horizontal evacuation and full evacuation in residential care homes, nursing homes, sheltered homes, flats and similar premises.
It details the steps that a responsible person must take to ensure that fire management and procedures are maintained to ensure fire safety of service users and tenants.
The organisation – a well-known public authority – uses its fire marshals as disabled evacuation buddies. They have C Max stair climber evacuation chairs as their building has a number of tight staircases in an old but modernised building.
City Fire Training Ltd has received many of these requests to provide combined fire training courses. A recent organisation asked us to train fire marshals, general staff, receptionists and security staff on the same day. Another has asked us to produce a residential care home fire training programme for care staff and a course managers and supervisors to ensure their legal compliance.
This was a question asked at a recent on-site fire safety training course in London.
City Fire Training take the view that where possible the roles should be undertaken by two different persons but in smaller premises there may be no choice but to have the same person carrying out the same tasks – but they just couldn’t do both roles at the same time!!!
A fire marshal or fire warden will undertake the following duties:
Help evacuate the building in the event of a fire or a fire alarm operating
Check rooms and areas to ensure they are clear of staff, visitors etc
Report to a senior fire marshal or fire warden that their area is clear
They may assist with the evacuation of disabled persons (but this role may be undertaken be specially trained buddies)
Look for fire hazards that might cause a fire
Look for obstructions to fire equipment or escape routes
Help assist with changes to the fire emergency plan and evacuation procedures
Take part in fire drills
A first aider will provide first medical intervention until a person visits a hospital or until emergency services arrive. They will also be responsible for restocking first aid kits after they have been used, possibly clearing up after an accident and possibly witnessing or filling in an accident book.