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

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Houses of Parliament has no effective fire compartmentation


The Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament) has few fire safety measures. A recent internal report revealed a lack of effective compartmentation throughout the building.

“The condition of the building impedes modern fire safety approaches and it has proved impossible so far to implement effective fire compartmentation,” ………

………. “Because of the fate of the old Palace of Westminster the new Palace was designed…with fire proofing in mind…On the other hand a great deal of combustible material was used for interior decoration and the building was designed with ‘a comprehensive network of pathways’ in the form of ventilation shafts and inter-floor voids, unintentionally creating ideal conditions for fire and smoke to spread through the building.”

Although a sprinkler system had been previously suggested, says the report,previous advice in 2008 concluded that it was “virtually impossible to install without first resolving the already grossly overcrowded corridors”.New solutions and remedies are now being sought to increase fire safety in the buildings.

There have been no major fires recently, but there has been at least forty small fires reported from 2008 – 2012. The report also says there has been evidence of smoke travel through architectural voids in the building.

Documents published on the Parliament titled “Parliamentary Fire Safety Arrangements” states that the Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament) is legally bound to comply with Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and that enforcement duties are carried out by the Crown Premises Inspection Group (CPIG). The document reports:

“CPIG last inspected the Parliamentary estate in September 2011, recognising that attention had already been paid to increasing coverage of automatic fire detection and voice alarm systems, and compartmentation, and accessibility of fire safety training, but also identifying a number of improvements that could be made in these areas. These improvements form part of the Parliamentary fire safety improvement works programme.”

The website document says that there are approx 200-300 false automatic fire alarms per annum across the whole site, which is a reduction of 54% since 2005/6.

Compartmentation can be a major issue in old and listed buildings and therefore alternative protective and preventative fire safety  measures coupled with robust fire procedures and fire training of all staff and residents. Determining such measures should be carried out by professional fire safety consultants. For details of such services such as fire risk assessments London, fire marshal training London, fire training courses London contact London Fire Risk Assessment Consultants, City Fire Training or Fire Training London now.

Do all staff need to have fire extinguisher training at a workplace?


This is one of the most common questions asked at fire safety courses in London – whether it be on fire safety for managers courses, fire marshal courses London or fire extinguisher courses London!

All thirteen of the premises specific fire safety guides (here is a link to London Fire Risk Assessment Consultants that has an easy to access page to all of the guides) stipulate what staff need to know. This includes the use and location of fire extinguishers in the premises. There is no requirement for a hands on practical session.

The question is detailed on the home page of City Fire Training website (Oct 16th) – If you cannot see it on there then it has been moved to the news archive – Hope you find it useful.

New looks to our websites


Our websites have all had a mini revamp!

Check out City Fire Training main website, London Fire Risk Assessment Consultants and Fire Evacuation Chairs UK.

For fire marshal training London, fire risk assessments London, disabled evacuation chairs take a look at these websites. All of our senior  trainers and senior fire risk assessors have worked with the Fire Service Safety Partnership and Essex County Fire and Rescue Service as Group Managers (senior managers of fire service departments or areas). Their knowledge and skills are transferred into the service that we bring to premises in London, Essex and surrounding areas and will help assist responsible persons and their building comply with the Fire Safety Order 2005.

The need to identify types of fire training in the fire emergency plan


One of our sessions on our City Fire Training  fire marshal training London describes the content of a fire emergency plan as required by London Fire Brigade. One part asks for details of fire training required. Here is what we think you should include in your fire emergency plan:

  • Fire extinguisher training
  • Fire marshal training
  • Training for those who act as buddies or assist with evacuation procedures for disabled persons
  • Those who call the fire service
  • The contents of the fire emergency plan and significant findings
  • Training for temporary workers – What will the content before someone who works for the organisation for 1 or 2 days and what will someone who works for a few months receive
  • Fire drills – Frequency
  • Those with responsibilities in the fire evacuation plan such as those who liaise with the fire service, incident controllers, caretakers, first aiders etc

It may be beneficial for the responsible person to receive some sort of training on how a fire risk assessment is carried out. This will allow them to understand the process and carry out their own fire safety audits against the FRA at regular intervals. For FRA mentoring contact London Fire Risk Assessment Consultants for fire risk assessments London.

Useful links to City Fire Training website


Here are a few useful links to the City Fire Training website. The fire training website with a difference

http://www.cityfiretraining.co.uk/index.html – The City Fire Training homepage which givers users an overview of what the company offers. It provides links and details to information such the latest fire training courses in London, fire risk assessors in London, workplace fire risk assessments in London, latest news and views from the fire industry.

http://www.cityfiretraining.co.uk/fire_safety_training_courses.html – Fire Training Courses London is the page that details CFTs popular fire marshal courses London, fire extinguisher courses London, fire warden courses London and fire safety for managers London. It also tells managers how to book on site fire training in London at their premises.

http://www.cityfiretraining.co.uk/fire_evacuation_chairs.html – Fire evacuation chairs and evacuation chair training. This page details the very best fire evacuation chairs that can be used in an emergency to evacuate disabled persons. It is essential to have emergency evacuation procedures for disabled persons. The page details the site requirements for different types of chair. Remember  – fire Services require all persons to be evacuated from a building unless they are specific types of premises such as residential care homes, hospitals etc where delayed and progressive evacuation can be employed.

http://www.cityfiretraining.co.uk/workplace_fire_risk_assessments.html – Workplace fire risk assessments London is a page which provides details of CFTs workplace fire risk assessment services and how to access its fire risk assessors London. It includes an overview of the Fire Safety Order 2005 and provides a news feed for responsible persons.

http://www.cityfiretraining.co.uk/fire_training_solutions_and_fire_service_safety_partnership_partner_links.html Linking to local Fire Services, fire industry and other parts of the group including London fire risk assessment consultants.

Fire drills help fire marshals deal with real emergencies


The purpose of fire drills is to prepare fire marshals and fire wardens with how to deal with real emergencies. There are also a few other benefits of regular fire drills. These include:

  • Making sure all occupants of a premises practice the fire procedure. This may include using different escape routes or practicing at different times of the day.
  • Identifying any changes needed in the fire procedures. Although a review of fire risk assessments should identify changes to fire procedures, often small changes in work practices, numbers of employees etc can be missed. By following government and fire service guidance which recommend the use of observers in fire drills – new procedures can be adopted.
  • Complying with legal obligations to ensure that you have trained staff carrying out emergency procedures

Fire risk assessments London should take into account the working practices of all buildings. For example – one fire drill a year is not sufficient if there are many shifts or differing seasonal increases in business.

Fire risk assessors London such as London fire risk assessment consultants and City Fire Training recommend not less than one annual review of workplace fire risk assessment, not less than two fire drills, not less than annual fire training for all staff and not less than 2 yearly fire marshal courses London or on-site fire marshal training London for all fire marshals.