New fire marshal training London dates set

City Fire Training (Fire Training London) have set new fire marshal training London dates. The next fire marshal course in London will be held on 28th January 2014 and places are limited to 20 persons per course.

Attendees will each receive a certificate of attendance after completing the course and will have the opportunity of tackling a small fire  using portable fire extinguishers.

Fire warden courses London and fire marshal courses London are available as open programmes or as in house fire marshal training in London. Click the links above for more details.


Some of favourite fire training websites

Here are a list of some of favourites:

For fire warden training go to – Fire Training London – fire warden courses London

For on site fire marshal courses go to – Fire Training in London – fire marshal courses London

For fire extinguisher training London go to – City Fire Training – fire extinguisher training London

For school fire training courses go to – Fire Training Course – fire safety for schools course

For fire risk assessments London go to – London Fire Risk Assessment Consultants – fire risk assessments in London

Fire Service strike in England and Wales today

A four hour fire service strike will take place at midday today. The strike is about proposed changes to the fire fighters pension scheme that could see all frontline personnel working until they are 60 years old.

The row centres on issues of competency – this when a frontline fire fighter could fail his medical check and be dismissed and not paid his/her pension until they are 65 years old, despite paying in 12% (and rising to 16%) of their wages in pension contributions.

The Fire Brigades Union believe fire fighters (men and women of 60 years of age) could be placed in danger, as well as members of the public. Some news pundits believe the series of strikes could continue until the next general election.

City Fire Training Ltd believe that businesses and organisations could now be at greater risk if they have a fire during one of these strikes. Although fire authorities have a duty to provide fire cover during strike action, it will be well below normal standards of cover.

Training staff on fire procedures and sending fire wardens on fire marshal courses London or having in house fire marshal training in London may help minimise risk and increase staff safety. For details of our fire training in London call our teams now on 0207 419 5001


Should fire wardens act as evacuation buddies?

A recent caller to our London office asked about our fire warden courses in London. Our caller asked the usual questions:

  • What’s the difference between a fire warden and a fire marshal?
  • How often should fire wardens  be trained?
  • Should we carry out a roll call or sweep the building?

…and then an unusual question…

  • Should fire wardens act as evacuation buddies?

Regular readers of this blog will know the answers to the early questions and if you are a new reader go to our website Fire Training London or City Fire Training to find out the answers, but the last question we will answer here.

The Fire Safety Order requires a responsible person of a building or premises to have arrangements to evacuate persons from a building in the event of an emergency and sufficient suitably trained persons to assist with the evacuation. Government guidance notes detail arrangements for fire wardens and fire marshals and many fire training companies will offer advice on how they will assist with the fire evacuation. Further guidance (Means of escape for disabled people) talks about the need for Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans for disabled staff and appointing and training evacuation buddies. The guide mentions meeting a disabled person at the work station (ie desk evacuation) or at a prearranged point (ie a refuge). This would then strongly suggest that fire wardens should not act as evacuation buddies as both need to act quickly as soon as the fire alarm sounds.

For more details of our disabled evacuation course visit our website now

What do we need to carry out fire warden training in London?

If you are a busy organisation based in London it may not be convenient to send your staff on fire training course. So why not try on-site fire warden training in London.

What do we need? Here is a little list of requirements:

  • A space about 5 or 6 car parking spaces
  • The area should not be visible from a main road or public highway
  • The space must be away from flammable, combustible sources or air intakes
  • The training area must be on private ground and not accessible to members of the public and traffic
  • Flat ground with hard standing

Our staff will also undertake an on-site risk assessment to ensure that there are no other hidden risks or hazards. Need training ? Call City Fire Training now on our Fire Training London hotline now.

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:

City fire training – fire warden course London

Fire Training London – fire training courses in London

Care home fire procedures – good practice example

Many residential care homes carry out regular fire training for staff. This will probably include theory extinguisher sessions, evacuation theory, practical fire extinguisher training, tour of the building detailing protective and preventive measures, emergency evacuation manual handling and fire drills.The aim of such content is to provide an efficient procedure and that staff know exactly what to do when a fire alarm operates in their building.

A typical residential care home fire plan may look like this:

When the fire alarm sounds:

  • All care staff go to main fire panel
  • Other staff – turn off kitchen equipment / appliances and then report to the panel
  • A member of staff should be allocated to call the fire service
  • Manager / senior staff on duty to send  first pair of staff  to arrive at fire panel to the affected fire zone (investigation team) (they may take an emergency transfer sling or similar equipment / care home phone / radio)
  • Manager / senior staff to send additional staff in pairs when they arrive at the fire panel (these persons may take additional slings / wheelchairs in case they are needed for evacuation)
  • When all staff have arrived at the fire panel (optional – manager may silence alarm if this distresses residents / dementia service users) (All staff should be aware that this does not mean that the event is over)

If the fire alarm resounds this may mean that an incident has operated another smoke detector and staff should be extra vigilant

At the affected fire zone:

  • First staff (investigation team) to enter zone using the correct door procedure
  • Start checking rooms / area looking for incident / smoke detector that has operated (This will be a thorough check including on any en-suite rooms
  • Shut any door that may not have shut when alarm operated – ie bathroom doors / toilet doors etc
  • Member of the investigation team should direct other staff to rooms that have not yet been checked as they arrive at the affected zone
  • Staff to offer reassurance to residents in rooms that are not affected by fire
  • If a member of staff detects a fire / smoke / smell of smoke  in a residents room  or other area they must –“Call for help from colleagues” and move any person in that room / area immediately, provided it is safe to do so – Good communications is key!
  • If a fire is detected / smoke is seen / smell of smoke the investigation team should inform manager / senior by care home phone / intercom or runner
  • If the fire alarm has not resounded when a fire / smoke / smell of smoke has been discovered, the fire alarm call point should be located and the fire alarm raised again
  • Start the appropriate fire evacuation procedure – this may be delayed evacuation / progressive horizontal evacuation / full evacuation procedure depending on the stage of the incident
  • Utilise personal emergency evacuation plans (PEEPS) where necessary – These may need to be distributed to arriving emergency services if the evacuation is not yet complete


  • Ensure visitors ( relatives of residents, visiting health workers, delivery persons etc) are evacuated to the assembly point outside of the building
  • Kitchen staff to turn off appliances and leave kitchen in safe condition
  • Domestic staff – turn off appliances and report to fire alarm panel

On arrival of the fire service:

  • Manager / senior staff to tell officer in charge of fire service what the incident involves and location
  • Take instructions from fire service officer on whether to change evacuation procedure (delayed / progressive horizontal / full)
  • Move residents affected by the incident to a safe area using wheelchairs, hoists, safety slings etc.
  • Using residents PEEPS consider relocation of persons if necessary (part of a post incident plan)
  • Account for all staff and residents

Night shifts:

  • The same fire procedure will apply – one person at the fire panel – two investigating / implementing the evacuation plan
  • Additional persons (if any) to assist evacuation
  • Ensure the fire service is called
  • If there is a fire, smoke or smell of smoke move any resident in immediate danger  provided it is safe to do so. Resound fire alarm if it is not already operating
  • Ensure all doors are shut

Additional note: Be aware that a fire alarm will probably open all secure doors in any “Dementia wing”. Some service users may try to wander from the area. Post incident head counts should be carried out after the incident.

For more details of this type of training call Fire Training London or Fire Training Course . Com and discuss how we can help your care home. Our care home fire training can be delivered in 2 or 3 hour formats.