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.


Fire marshal training is required at places of work

Fire Marshal Online trainingThe Fire Marshal Training course is required for those members of staff who have been given

the responsibility for the maintenance of the general fire precautions for their immediate working

environment on behalf of the responsible person and in assisting with clearance of the premises

in the event of an evacuation.

The purpose of our course is to make sure that the delegates not only understand their role but

more importantly fully understand the potential dangers that exist in the workplace.

Fire prevention is only acquired when consistent maintenance of the working place is carried out

on a day to day basis and Fire Safety is only achieved when the Evacuation Procedures are

inducted to new members of staff, retrained to existing members of staff, and confirmed as

working by the use of fire drills.



The numbers of Fire Marshals within an establishment is based on geographical area not on how

many people are working there. For example it should take a Fire Marshal no longer than 1

minute from when the fire alarm sounds to make sure that their area of responsibility has been

checked and cleared and they themselves are either on a protected staircase or outside a final Fire


Each area should have a Fire Marshal and a deputy to ensure there is always cover for holidays

and sickness.



The law mandates that the appointed person appoints sufficient competent persons to assist with

the provision of general fire precautions for the workplace and to ensure that they are and remain

suitably trained. The Fire Authorities recommend repeating the Fire Marshal Course depending

on the circumstances from every year to every three years.

The general guidelines are: Annual training is required for hospitals, residential care and work

places with general public or high turnover of staff. Every two years training is required for

educational premises, factories etc. and every three years training is required for general office

environment with very little change in staffing levels.

The areas that will be covered in this course are:

ï‚· Overview of fire risk assessment process

ï‚· Theory of fire

ï‚· Good housekeeping

ï‚· Maintaining a means of escape

ï‚· The common causes of and the prevention of fire

ï‚· Fire spread and compartmentalisation

ï‚· Maintaining a means of detecting fire and of raising the alarm

ï‚· The inspection and use of extinguishers

ï‚· The actions to be carried upon discovery of fire

ï‚· The actions to be carried upon hearing the alarm

ï‚· The evacuation process including provision for those needing assistance

ï‚· Live fire demonstration, including delegate participation (subject to suitable area,

company policy, and trainer’s assessment)


Fire Extinguisher Training

Fire Extinguisher Training

Fighting fire is not a task that is a walk in the park. It is not easy and it’s very dangerous that could lead to fatal situations easily. Though we have professionals who deal with these kind of disaster, it is still important that we know what to do when one strikes cause there will be times professional fire-fighters isn’t fast enough to arrive and fires can spread incredibly fast.

Luckily somewhere along time as science and technology got better, there are now many other ways possibly surpass fire incidents and one of them is the invention of Fire Extinguishers.

Most establishments nowadays have fire extinguisher at their disposals considering fire extinguishers are very accessible.  Still people need information to determine which sources of fire a certain fire extinguisher should be utilized and training in using the fire extinguisher themselves in the time of need.

Learn PASS a quick guide on how to use Fire Extinguishers:

Pull the Pin at the top of the extinguisher. The pin releases a locking mechanism and will allow you to discharge the extinguisher.

Aim at the base of the fire, not the flames. This is important – in order to put out the fire, you must extinguish the fuel.

Squeeze the lever slowly. This will release the extinguishing agent in the extinguisher. If the handle is released, the discharge will stop.

Sweep from side to side. Using a sweeping motion, move the fire extinguisher back and forth until the fire is completely out. Operate the extinguisher from a safe distance, several feet away, and then move towards the fire once it starts to diminish. Be sure to read the instructions on your fire extinguisher – different fire extinguishers recommend operating them from different distances. Remember: Aim at the base of the fire, not at the flames!!!!

Always keep in mind that dealing with dangerous situation such as fire incidents you must be well knowledgeable about the matter. Since we will never know when the need for that knowledge arises.