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The importance of Fire Marshal Training

posted 8 Oct 2014, 01:05 by Unknown user   [ updated 8 Oct 2014, 01:05 ]
Fire Marshal training forms a very important part of the recommended fire safety strategy in the workplace, and in fact, it is a legal requirement under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 that all staff member in a business environment receive at least some form of basic fire safety training.

If you've been given the responsibility of Fire Marshal then it means you have been given the responsibility of making sure others are safe and know what to do in the event of a fire. This is quite a responsibility and it means you will need to have a full understanding of your place of work so you can understand how is best to exit the building quickly and effectively.

After being appointed as the Fire Marshal you will be required to undergo training to ensure you are as best equipped as you can be for the role. The training will also help you to understand your responsibilities and carry your role out safely should an emergency occur. At the start of any employment, employees are required to receive fire safety training and fire marshal training usually follows on from this training.
Fire Marshal Training

Some of the topics included within the training cover how a fire develops, how to undertake fire risk assessments, carry out fire drills and clarifies your duties as a fire marshal. The training will usually include the theory of combustion and the factors required to start a fire. By understanding this, it can usually be easier to prevent a fire from occurring. Within the workplace, prevention is often the best course of action as fires can be difficult to control once they break out.

Even so, the training will also cover practical aspects such as how to fight a blaze using the extinguishers provided. There are usually at least two extinguishers provided, and it's important that everyone understands which extinguisher is used for what. For example, electrical fires shouldn't be extinguished with water extinguishers as this can cause even more damage.

When a fire occurs, the marshal is also responsible for ensuring the alarm is raised and the staff are safely evacuated from the building. They will need to do a 'head count' in the designated meeting point to ensure everyone is accounted for and there is no one left within the building.

Fire training is a vital part of health and safety for every organisation, and the fire marshals role is very important whatever the size of the organisation.

SES run a half day fire marshal training course which covers the role of the designated fire marshal (fire warden). This can either be run at our training centre, or our instructor can come to your premises to run in-house training.

For further information or if you would like book a course please call 01279 873354.