Fire procedures – out of hours accounting methods

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Fire procedures – out of hours plans

Most buildings have fire procedures, but many do not have out of hours policies. Managers must have fire plans and also ensure persons safety at all times.

Out of  hours is usually before 0830 / 0900 and after 1700 / 1800 hours. The simple methods below will help ensure all persons are accounted for during these hours.

Fire procedures before regular hours ie 0700 to 0900

A register should be placed at the reception or entrance to the place of work. The list will have two columns. One for regular staff and also another for fire marshals. All staff must sign in if they get to their place of work before usual operating hours. In the event of a fire alarm all persons should leave the building and report to the assembly point. The first person to the fire register will operate as a roll call officer. They will call out all names and report any persons missing and their possible location to the fire service in the event of a fire.

However, as fire marshals enter the building, the organisation can revert to a sweep system. An additional column with fire marshals should also be listed on the fire register. If the building requires four fire marshals to operate a sweep system, the fourth fire marshal entering the building will sign in and then write SWEEP over the fire register. Any further persons entering the building will not require to sign in. In the event of fire alarm operating any person seeing the fire register will know that a roll call is not required. Fire marshals will report to the assembly point and call the fire service if a fire has been detected. (note: London Fire Brigade do operate an unwanted fire signal policy – check their website for details).

Fire procedures before regular hours ie 1730 to 2100

A roll call will be required. This entails a list of names of all persons in the building at the reception or entrance / exit of the building. Persons must sign out.

Fire marshals remaining in the building can still perform a sweep of their area as this may speed up an out of hours evacuation.

The first person to the reception or entrance / exit will act as a roll call officer.

Fire marshal training

Our fire marshal training includes accounting and evacuation plans of regular hours and out of hours plans. We also include information such as fire extinguishers, classes of fires and also fire drills. The programme includes hazard spotting, fire emergency plans, safety checks and in addition, disabled fire procedures.

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Care home fire training Essex

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Care home fire training Essex courses

The need for care home fire training was highlighted once again following a care home fire in Hertfordshire

The fire started at about 6 a.m. in the morning, killing two residents. This is usually the end of a night shift , so there would have been fewer staff on duty. Care home fire plans are needed for both the day, evening and also night shifts. During evening and night shifts the risk often increases because of staff numbers.

Persons who work in a care home require frequent care home fire training. Staff should know all care home fire plans, the stages of fire or fire alarm and also understand the different types of evacuation stages. These are delayed, progressive horizontal and full evacuation.

Fire training in care homes should be based on the specific fire plans. These undertaking online care home fire training should also receive a short session about there care home fire plans.

Our care home fire courses

Our courses are accredited by a national fire body. The course was based on previous fire service training developed by us when working for the fire service. Our courses can include live fire training exercises and those tackling small fires on our course will therefore have added confidence when fighting a real fire.

Our course is 2 hour or 3 hour approved training programme and can also include monitored fire drills. All staff undertaking the training get a certificate and online training notes.

Booking care home fire training for your staff is so easy. We can come to your home to carry out the training. Either call us or email us with your preferred training dates. Once we have agreed fire training dates, we ask for your care home details and also that you agree our terms. Once we we have heard from you your course is booked!


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Staff fire marshal training – So who needs it?

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Staff fire marshal training

Staff Fire marshal training will be needed for all persons who help put the fire emergency plan into place. The Fire Safety Order requires a workplace to have a fire evacuation plan and also enough trained persons to put the plan into action when needed!

On every course we are asked “So how often do we need to do this training?”. The frequency of fire marshal training will depend on the level of risk in a place of work, so is not a question that has a generic answer.

Fire marshals in workplaces that are high risk will need more frequent staff  fire marshal training, perhaps every year or so or even more often. This will include places such as residential care homes, schools and buildings with a high life risk. Smaller premises with fewer staff may not be high risk so less frequent training will be ok.

What do fire marshals need to be taught?

There a number of different government workplace fire guides. They offer different advice since different types of workplace have different types of risk!

All fire marshals should know the content of their fire emergency plan. They will need to be aware of all fire evacuation plans. There may be a number plans for various times of the day. For example; there will need to be a plan for regular work times and also one for out of regular hours. A building may even need plans for lone workers and also persons who enter the building late at night such as cleaners.

They will need to be taught how to open doors safely and also how to identify which detector may have operated. This could help persons discover the exact location of a fire. Remember most fires will be small in the early stages so the location may not be obvious.

In summary fire marshal need to know:

  • Details of the fire emergency plan
  • Also the different evacuation plans in the building including arrangements for disabled persons
  • Learn how to open doors safely
  • How to identify which detector has operated so the location of the fire can be established

How to book staff fire marshal training

Booking staff fire marshal training with us is so easy! Either call us or email with your preferred dates. We will send a booking email and ask you to agree our terms. Once we have your details, your course is booked!

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Fire warden courses London

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Fire warden courses London – open courses

Our fire warden courses London programme is popular with many clients. Today we trained 18 fire warden from a number of companies and they also took part in a live session.

Our  clients were a mix of office staff, restaurant and café staff, colleges and also from an engineering place of work.

Regular readers of this blog will know that a place of work must have fire plans and also persons to put the plan into place. These persons are called fire wardens or fire marshals. Regular training is needed to ensure wardens know what to do, so why not send your wardens to our course!


Fire warden courses London programme

This accredited course is split into four parts. Firstly, we look at fire law, common causes of fire at work and also some case histories. Persons on the course then learn about types of fire and also fire extinguishers. Next we look at non emergency roles and this includes hazard spotting, fire plans and also drills. Lastly we look at how fire wardens keep safe, how to get persons out of a building on fire and disabled fire plans.

Since this course includes a live fire training session, persons on the course are invited to fight some small fires. This will provide confidence, so if a fire starts in your building your staff will be ready!


How to book fire warden courses London programmes

Booking one of courses is so easy! First decide whether you want places on an open course or have an in house training session. Email us for course and also date availability. Once we have agreed a date we will send our course booking form and also ask you to agree our terms and conditions. Once you have replied with your details your course is booked!

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Fire warden training London

Staff fire warden training London

Staff fire warden training London programmes

Staff fire warden training London

Our staff fire warden training London courses are ideal for persons acting as fire wardens. They will learn how to carry out their role safely and also quickly. In addition, they will be taught to carry out safety checks that will help managers comply with fire law.

Staff fire warden training London programmes can be run as in house courses or also as open courses in Southwark, South London. This is a three hour approved course which is accredited by the IFSM. Open courses are held each month but usually do fill up early, so early booking is advised.

Course content

First of all we discuss fire law and common causes of fire. Next attendees are taught about different types of fire and also which is the best extinguishers for those fires. We then talk about hazard spotting, safety checks and also how to carry out effective fire drills. Finally, we look at the fire warden emergency role. We discuss evacuation, accounting for persons, door procedures and disabled evacuation.

If you opt for an in house course we can change parts of the course to suit your place of work. Therefore your fire wardens will learn about specific fire risks in their building and your fire safety equipment.

Our fire trainers

All of our fire trainers have previously worked for the Fire Service Safety Partnership. Each has run thousands of fire training courses and will be able to answer any of your questions. As well as fire trainers, each is a fire risk assessor, so are able to discuss any legal fire safety issues.

How to book our staff fire warden training London courses

Booking a course with us is so easy. Either call us or email us with your preferred dates and we will talk you through the process.


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Fire marshal duties and responsibilities

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What are your Fire marshal duties and responsibilities?

What are our fire marshal duties and responsibilities? This is a common question we are asked on our courses and also in calls to our offices. This guide will tell what you need to know about fire marshal duties and responsibilities.

Fire safety law

Fire law requires responsible persons of places of work to plan for  fires in their building and also to have enough persons to put the plan into place. These persons are called fire marshals and also fire wardens.

Fire marshals need fire training and it should be carried out regularly. The law does not say how often fire marshals must be trained. The amount of training is based on the level of risk in the premises.

What duties do fire marshals have?

Government fire safety booklets give advice on how fire marshals can help managers keep a building safe. This includes daily duties and also what to do in an emergency.

Non emergency duties:

  • Carry out daily checks of escape routes and also check fire exit doors.
  • Check fire panel for any fire alarm faults and report them if found.
  • On going check for hazards and also any fire safety breaches ie wedging open doors.
  • Helping with weekly fire alarm tests. They can assist with ensuring the alarm is loud enough and also to see if automatic fire doors shut / security doors open when the alarm sounds
  • Helping with monthly emergency lighting flick tests
  • Carrying out fire drills or also acting as observers during them
  • Reporting to a manager of their possible absence so replacements can takeover their role

Emergency duties

  • Put the fire evacuation plan into place
  • This could involve a roll call or sweep system
  • Assisting evacuation buddies after search has been completed
  • Shutting all doors and windows while carrying out search of premises
  • Reporting to the person in charge that their area or floor is clear

How to book fire marshal training

Booking a course with us is so easy! Either call or email us with your fire marshal training needs. This can be places on open courses and also in house fire marshal training. Once we have agreed a date and you have answered our questions and agreed our terms. Your course is booked!



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Care home fire plans

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Care home fire plans and procedures

All care home fire plans need to be planned in advance. The safety of residents and also staff will rely on knowing the care home fire plans and quickly putting it into place.

A lot of care homes carry out regular fire training for staff. This usually has fire extinguisher input, how to evacuate, the fire safety features in the home and fire drills. The aim of care home fire training is to provide an efficient procedure and that staff will know exactly what to do when a fire alarm operates in their building.

Many care home fire plans look like this:

When the fire alarm sounds

  • Care staff stop what they are doing and go to main fire panel.
  • Other staff turn off  appliances and then also go to the panel.
  • A member of staff should be told to call the fire service and also await their arrival.
  • Manager or senior staff on duty to send  first pair of staff  to arrive at fire panel to the affected fire zone (investigation team).
  • Investigation team  take an emergency transfer sling and also radio.
  • Manager or senior staff to send additional staff in pairs when they arrive at the fire panel. (These persons can also take additional slings / wheelchairs in case they are needed for evacuation).
  • When all staff have arrived at the fire panel the manager may silence the fire alarm.
  • All staff should be aware that this does not mean that the event is over.
  • If the fire alarm resounds this may mean that an incident has operated another smoke detector.

At the affected fire zone:

  • Investigation team to enter zone using the correct door procedure.
  • Start checking rooms, area looking for fire or smoke and also which smoke detector that has operated. This will be a thorough check including any en-suite rooms.
  • Shut any door that may not have shut when alarm operated.
  • Member of the investigation team should also direct other staff to rooms that have not yet been checked as they arrive at the affected area.
  • Staff to calm residents in rooms that are not affected by fire.
  • If a member of staff detects an incident  in a residents room  or other area they must –“Call for help from colleagues”. They should also  move any person in that room or area immediately, provided it is safe to do so. Good communications is key!
  • Should an incident is detected the investigation team should inform manager.
  • If the fire alarm has not resounded when a fire / smoke / smell of smoke has been discovered, the fire alarm call point should be located and the fire alarm raised again.
  • Start the  fire procedure such as delayed evacuation, progressive horizontal evacuation or also full evacuation .
  • Use personal emergency evacuation plans (PEEPS) if needed. These may need to be given to arriving emergency services if the evacuation is not yet complete.


  • Ensure visitors  are evacuated to the assembly point outside of the building.
  • Kitchen staff to turn off cookers etc and leave kitchen in safe condition.
  • Domestic staff – turn off appliances and report to fire alarm panel.

On arrival of the fire service:

  • Manager or senior person to tell officer in charge of fire service what the incident is and where.
  • Take instructions from fire service officer on whether to change evacuation procedure (delayed / progressive horizontal / full).
  • Move persons affected by the fire to a safe area using safety equipment.
  • Using residents PEEPS consider where persons should go to. (part of a post incident plan).
  • Account for all persons.

Night shifts:

  • The same fire plan will apply – one person at the fire panel – two investigating and also carrying fire plan.
  • Additional persons (if any) to assist evacuation.
  • Make sure the fire service is called.
  • If there is a fire, smoke or smell of smoke move any resident provided it is safe. Resound fire alarm by hitting fire alarm call point.
  • Make sure doors are shut.

Be aware that a fire alarm will probably open all secure doors in any “Dementia wing”. Some residents may try to wander from the area. Plans must also include how to manage this.

How to book care home fire training with us

Booking care home fire training with us is so easy! Either call us or email us with your preferred dates. Once we have agreed a date, we will ask for some details and also ask you to agree our terms. Once we have your details your course is booked. Remember any number of staff can attend one of training sessions.

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In house fire marshal training

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In house fire marshal training options

Our in house fire marshal training can be run as an off the peg or adapted session. This course is an approved fire marshal course and we can either change it to include your plans or offer advice based on your workplace risk.

Our course fee is for any number of persons, so this can work out as excellent value for money. The course can delivered as a morning, afternoon and also as an evening session. We can also include a live fire training session if you have a suitable outside space.

In house fire marshal training content

Here is a suggested content for an in house fire marshal training session:

First of all we will discuss fire law, common causes of fire in your type of workplace and also find out what your staff know about their fire plans. Next we would discuss types of fire and the fire extinguishers in your building. It would include safety tips and either an extinguisher video or live fire session. Next we look at hazard spotting and can also include actual risks from your building. We also look at what fire safety checks are needed and fire drills. Finally, we look the emergency role of fire marshals. This includes accounting and evacuating persons, fire emergency plans and disabled plans.

How to book in house fire marshal training sessions

Boking a training course with us is so easy. Either email us or call us with your preferred dates. If these are available we will provisionally book your course. We will then ask for some details and also ask you to agree our terms. Once we have your details and you have agreed our terms you training is booked.

If you need more advice or want more information call us now!

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A great fire warden course London

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A great fire warden course London today

We carried out a great fire warden course London today. It was attended by fire wardens and also by building managers. Our client was based in a multi-tenanted building so had to consider the landlords fire emergency plan.

This building has a range of different companies in it. Most are offices but there is also a fashion designer located in the premises. The site has a good fire emergency plan and also evacuation plans. Our client is extending their workspace by occupying another floor of the building, so called us in to help them make a new plan.

The manager had carried out a fire risk assessment some months ago but knew a new assessment would be required. They decided to have new training and establish some plans before carrying out the new fire risk assessment.

Fire warden course London – tailored training

Our client had sent one person on one of our open courses. Their member of staff thought our course was great so decided to call us for in house fire warden training.

We provided training that included fire law, causes of fire, fire extinguishers, fire emergency plans, evacuation and accounting for staff and disabled evacuation. Most of the fire precautions are tested by the landlord, however, we covered other tests that were needed. The training team also took pictures around the workplace and used them in the fire warden course London programme.

We have also been asked to carry the fire risk assessment of the place of work! In addition, we have been asked to carry out a fire risk assessment of the common areas for the landlord.

Booking a course with us is so easy. So is a fire risk assessment. Wither call or email us with your details and preferred dates. We will contact you and arrange a suitable time and date.

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Fire training Essex options

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Fire  training Essex options

Our fire marshal training Essex options can help you pick great training for your staff. We off in house, off site and also some open fire marshal training Essex courses.

So why pick us for fire marshal training? Well… our company is an approved fire training centre who also offer accredited fire courses. As an approved centre we can also alter our course to include your fire plans and include specific risks found in your workplace into the fire training.

In addition to being an approved fire training centre, all of our trainers have worked for the fire service delivering this course. We produced this course for the Essex Fire Service, so you get fire service style training for a fraction of the cost.

Persons taking this course will get a training certificate and also online training notes after completing the training.

Course content

Session 1 includes fire law, common causes of fire and also case histories.
Session 2 includes classes of fire and also types of extinguishers. We can add a live fire training session if you have an outside space.
Short break
Session 3 looks at fire emergency plans, hazard spotting, safety checks and also fire drills.
Session 4 is about daily and also emergency duties of fire marshals.

How to book fire marshal training Essex sessions

Booking a fire training session with us is so easy! Simply decide on the dates you would like and the either call or email us with them. Once we have agreed a date we will ask for some of your details. This includes where the training will take place, who to invoice and also ask you to agree our terms and conditions. As soon as we have heard back from you, your course is booked!

If you need more information about how we can help either call or email us now!

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