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Fire Marshal Health and Safety training in the UK

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Fire Marshal Responsibility

As the responsible person you must:

  • carry out a fire risk assessment of the premises and review it regularly
  • tell staff or their representatives about the risks you’ve identified
  • put in place, and maintain, appropriate fire safety measures
  • plan for an emergency
  • provide staff information, fire safety instruction and training


You’re responsible for fire safety in business or other non-domestic premises if you’re:

  • an employer
  • the owner
  • the landlord
  • an occupier
  • anyone else with control of the premises, eg a facilities manager, building manager, managing agent or risk assessor

The Fire Safety Order also applies if you have paying guests, eg if you run a bed and breakfast, guesthouse or let a self-catering property.

You’re known as the ‘responsible person’. If there’s more than one responsible person, you have to work together to meet your responsibilities.

In shared premises it’s likely there’ll be more than one responsible person.


Train fire marshals to deal with fire emergencies effectively

fire marshal safety trainingThe worst nightmare of every business owners is a fire emergency. It will be a risk of equipment and property being damaged, but most of all, your employee are put at risk too. Investing in staff training in

fire safety can save lives and may even save property.

Here are some of the reasons why your business will benefit from arranging fire marshal training for your


A trained fire marshal will know how to manage with fire calmly. They will be teaching staff evacuation

procedures and will therefore be able to make it sure that everybody leaves the workplace safely.

Employees who have undergone training as part of a fire marshal course will have the confidence to deal

an emergency situation calmly, promptly and effectively.



One of the fire marshal training will include the safe and effective use of fire extinguishers in the event of

a fire. This will allow fire marshals to secure a safe way of evacuation for staff members. In some cases,

this might aid the containment of a fire until the arrival of the emergency services, limiting the damage to

property and further ensuring the safety of staff.

A fire marshal training course will provide staff an in knowledge of the common causes of most fires and

will also include training in fire safety and prevention. When a staff member gains understanding of how

fires start, how the chemistry of a fire works and the best measures with which to prevent a fire starting in

the first place, they are better placed to protect your business and other staff.



Fire marshal training will also prepare staff in the latest fire safety legislation. This will permit your

business to keep up-to-date with your legal obligations with regard to fire safety. A trained fire marshal

can advise you about the necessary fire safety equipment your business must have in place.

By teaching other employees with regular fire drills and evacuation practices, your fire marshal can make

sure that everybody is well versed in the essential procedures during a fire. A safely organised, calm and

speedy evacuation becomes more possible when staff know how to behave, which exits and stairways to

use and where to assemble outside the building. In addition, any disabled staff members will benefit from

the reassurance that their evacuation is well planned in the event of an emergency.



Even the best in the world, it is exceptionally difficult for everyone to stay completely calm when there is

a genuine fire emergency. Staff will be anxious and afraid and many may become panicked. A trained fire

marshal will have gained the knowledge of how best to deal with panic. A fire marshal course will

contain knowledge about how people may react in a fire situation and how best to deal with that

behaviour to ensure everyone’s safety.

What is Fire Marshal?

A fire marshal, in the UK, is often a member of a fire department but may be part of a structure department or a

Fire Marshalseparate department altogether. Fire marshals‘ duties vary but usually include fire code enforcement and/or investigating fires for origin and cause. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states that you must have a sufficient number of competent people to perform evacuation duties.  All staff recognize in your emergency plan that have a supervisory role if there is a fire (i.e. heads of department, fire marshals or wardens) should be given details of your fire risk assessment and receive more comprehensive training.

This e learning course gives representative all round knowledge of how to prevent a fire from occurrence, a clear understanding of their responsibilities, duties and role as a Fire Marshal and what to do in the event of a fire. As well as covering hypothetical and practical intimation which will enable delegates to undertake an efficient and orderly evacuation of their building in an emergency situation.

How many Fire Marshals should we have?

The number of Fire Marshals required will be identified by your Fire Risk Assessment.  For example,  high risk sites such as residential care homes will need a greater number of wardens than a low risk office.  You need to ensure you have enough Fire Marshal to cover you business in the event of a fire.  If you work in a small office with 1 floor, you may only need 2 but if you are on a large site with several floors / buildings operating 24 hours a day, you will need to ensure you have cover for each floor and building for all shifts, accounting for lunch breaks, sickness and holiday cover.


Why Fire Training?
Understanding parliamentary requirements for fire training in the UK.

What is fire?
Look at and understand the affinity of fire.


Duties of a Marshal
Look at the responsibilities, obligation and role as a Fire marshal including:

  • How to spot fire risk and implement preventative measures
  • How to lift the fire alarm
  • What actions to take on uncover a fire
  • What actions to take on hearing the fire alarm
  • Calling the Fire & retrieve Service
  • How to deal with incapacitated persons and evacuation procedures


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