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by Luke Hayes on 8th April 2022

The fire safety order that came into effect in October of 2006 states that your staff must understand their duties in an emergency and that you ought to train staff who have a specific role in ensuring safety or in evacuating a building.

A fire marshal (or warden) is responsible for helping to implement the findings of the fire risk assessment (FRA) that you have in place. They can play a part in fire prevention on your premises, helping in an emergency evacuation and checking that equipment and facilities are properly maintained.

This includes such things as directing other people in an emergency, helping any disabled individuals who are on the premises and following the FRA correctly. A fire marshal must have training so they will know what to do in the event of a fire. Fire Marshal or Warden Training can be done in a few hours and does not must be complicated or expensive.

It is advised nowadays that at least one member of staff should have completed the course to keep the workforce and the business premises safe.

The Fire Marshall Training is only offered by general fire training companies and individuals who are members of the Fire Protection Association to be sure that high standards are adhered to at all times.

Who Should Be Given Fire Marshal Training?

This particular training course will teach your employees what to do in the event of an emergency as well as lots of useful general information about fire safety. They will learn how fire spreads, where danger spots are, how to properly use fire extinguishers, how to set up & use evacuation procedures, how to call the emergency services, how to spot a fire & the most common causes of combustion. They will also learn about record-keeping which is an important part of safety maintenance.

The emergency services can check on your business at any time & part of the procedure is checking records & ensuring you have a fire marshal in place. Keeping proper records is a way of proving to the authorities that you have undertaken checks & training as the law requires you to. Unless you can show that you have met the requirements of the Regulatory Reform Order, you could be prosecuted.

What the Job of a Marshal Entails

The people given this role are responsible for much of what occurs before a fire occurs. That is why fire marshal training is so important. A fire marshal can play an element in ensuring that all employees know what to do in case of a fire. If a new worker comes in, it is up to the fire marshal to see to it that the new worker knows what to do in the event of a fire.

Without this type of staff training, your premises won’t be properly protected and could fail a check by the emergency services. When you send your staff on one of these courses you are showing your commitment to an important part of your obligations under current safety legislation. It is the law to have a fire marshal on your business premises. In case you have a large business you may need to train several people in this role due to staff holidays, absences or shift work. It is always a wise idea to have more people trained than you need rather than not enough.

There are lots of good fire consultants who provide staff safety training for businesses throughout the United Kingdom.

What’s Covered In The Training?

The work covers a number of fire safety-related issues and educates those involved so that they can work as their company’s fire marshal. They will become the first point of call in terms of providing advice and leadership to enforce safety procedures within their workplace. The work covers the following important key factors:

Principles of Combustion

The basics of combustion are explained in simple terms so that everybody is aware of the dangers of the workplace in terms of how fires start & how to choose whether they should be tackled or whether to evacuate & call the emergency services. This part of the course outlines ways in which a workplace can & should be reducing any fire risks in their workplace.

Basic Fire Prevention

Fire prevention is the single largest factor in reducing the risk of fire within the workplace. If a workforce is educated in fire prevention the risk of fire breaking out is greatly reduced. Simple common sense guidance can be conveyed to a workforce, such as not to store flammable materials near heating systems or near windows that get sunlight, etc.

Arson Prevention

Stopping your business property from being a victim of an arson attack is something that can affect a sizable number of businesses, especially those located in less desirable locations or quiet areas such as industrial areas. Knowing where your property’s weak spots are in terms of arson lets you direct more resources into those areas to protect them against fire.

Personnel Safety

Ensuring the safety of both employees and visitors to your premises when a fire breaks out is the primary aim when evacuating a building. The fire marshal course provides clear instructions in ensuring that procedures are put in place to ensure the safety of all personnel.

Use of Extinguishers

The course includes tuition on the correct use of the most common types of fire extinguishers in place in businesses today & when to make use of each type because certain types of extinguishers are better suited to different fire hazard scenarios.

Our fire marshal training also educates delegates to make sure they can advise management on fire prevention & whether they require upgrading or updating any fire safety equipment or implementing additional fire exits within the premises.

Qualified fire marshals will be the main point of call within the companies that they work in & because they are going to be responsible for fire safety & prevention matters it is advised that they complete a refresher course every three years after finishing the fire marshal course.

Our Fire Safety Courses

If you’re looking to improve your businesses fire safety then take a look at our range of fire safety courses including:

  • Fire Safety Awareness
  • Practical Fire Extinguisher
  • Fire Responsible Person
  • Fire Warden
  • Evacuation Procedures
  • Hot Work Permit Issue

All of our courses are run by fully trained and qualified fire safety experts who are dedicated to keeping people safe.

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