Do I Have to Provide Fire Safety Training For My Staff?

In simple terms – Yes. Staff training is a legal requirement – but regardless of that –  it is also one of the most important things you can do to protect your business and the people who work, live or visit your premises.

The training requirements for staff in a small office will be far less than for those working in Care Home or Hotel or larger premises. In a small low risk property you may be able to provide your own training – but if your staff may need to use fire extinguishers, direct the evacuation of members of the public or guests, implement an emergency plan, investigate the causes of a fire alarm – or if you just want to reduce the risk of a fire and the subsequent damage to your property and business, then professional training is the best option.

Well trained staff will help to minimise the possibility of a fire starting, and if the worst happens they will be better able to ensure your emergency plan is implemented quickly and efficiently.

Training courses can be tailored to suit the individual requirements of your premises or you can choose the standard package detailed below. In both cases, the training will be delivered at your site so that I can make sure it is as relevant and accurate as possible.

The ‘Fire Awareness‘ course lasts around 2.5 to 3 hours and covers the following subjects:

  • Common Causes of Fire and How to Avoid Them
  • Fire Growth and Development
  • Fire Doors and Restricting the Spread of Fire
  • Escape Routes and Exits
  • Fire Alarms, Emergency Lighting, Signs and Notices
  • Fire Extinguishers/Fire Blankets
  • Human Behaviour in Fire Situations
  • Fire Plans and Emergency Procedures

Prices are variable depending on group size and travel costs/location of venue – typically starting around £250 (plus travel) for a group up to 6 people, then an additional £10 per person. This course could be provided twice in one day if you need to split staff into morning and afternoon sessions. 

At this time I cannot offer live fire-fighting training. The fire extinguisher training within the Fire Awareness Course will be adequate for most purposes and will allow staff to recognise the types and sizes of fire that could be safely extinguished and the correct extinguisher and method to use.

The ‘Fire Warden/Fire Marshall‘ course  covers all the information in the Fire Awareness course with the addition of more details on Fire Safety Legislation, Emergency Procedures, Managing Evacuations, Extinguishing Fires, Routine Checks and Testing of Fire Safety Equipment, Calling and Meeting the Fire Service, and a discussion of your Premises Specific Emergency Plan. The course would typically last 3 to 3.5 hours.

Fire Warden courses will start from £275 (plus travel)  for up to 6 people, then an additional £15 per person.

Note that the Fire Warden course is suitable for any member of staff, whether you intend to designate them as a Fire Warden/Marshal or not.

Please use the contact form if you wish to discuss details or make a booking.

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