Fire marshal training and fire warden training London courses

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FIRE MARSHAL TRAINING AND FIRE WARDEN TRAINING - In house courses and off site courses now available

  • 27th July 2022 (a.m. course) - 6 places left - Venue LSH, Horseferry Road

  • 25th August 2022 (a.m. course) - 12 places left - Venue LSH, Horseferry Road

  • 28th September 2022 (a.m. course) - good availability - Venue LSH, Horseferry Road

  • October and November dates coming soon - good availability - Venue LSH, Horseferry Road

  • Open fire marshal course venue:  Horseferry Road, London        £75+vat per person

Fire marshal training London programme

Fire law

Causes of fire

Classes of fire

Fire extinguishers

Live fire extinguisher session (optional)

Reactive fire marshal roles

Daily and monthly duties of fire marshals

Risk spotting at work

Fire drills

Proactive fire marshal duties

Fire emergency plans

Evacuation and accounting for persons

Disabled fire plans

General fire evacuation advice

Fire marshal training / fire warden training London dates

Open fire marshal training London courses in London. Open courses are held at  London Scottish House, 95 Horseferry Road. .

The open fire marshal training London course is a three hour programme. All open courses are morning sessions and are held every month. Off site courses are also available  London Scottish House. These course include live fire training. Furthermore, we can  include your plans and procedures.

Cost of open fire marshal courses are just £75+VAT per person. This fire marshal training / fire warden training London course includes a live fire extinguisher session, tea / coffee and all persons get a certificate. Persons on this course also get online training notes for their type of workplace.

Our open courses fill up fast, so  you should book your places as soon as possible. We hold all telephone and email bookings for five working days. We will confirm your course once we have your details. You must also agree our terms within five days.

Either call or email us for more details or dates for our fire marshal courses

Can we change the content of our course for your staff?

All City Fire Training courses can be adapted to suit individual workplace and also staff needs. As an IFSM approved fire training centre we are able to change our "base course content", so it is applicable for all staff in a workplace.

So what can be changed? The trainers can change information relating to fire extinguishers, so only the ones in the building are discussed. Discuss the organisation fire emergency plan if one is in place. Hazard spotting photos can be taken in a workplace, so they reflect the actual risks in the building. Changes to safety check information, so in house fire marshals know their exact role. Lastly, changes to evacuation, accounting and disabled plans can be altered and discussed.

Either call or email for more information.

In house fire marshal training London

On site fire training

 In house fire marshal courses London at your site. The courses can be changed to include workplace fire emergency plans and fire evacuation plans at no extra cost.  London in house fire marshal courses are for any number of persons for the same fee.

The staff on  in house fire marshal courses will  get a training certificate and also online fire training notes. 

If live fire extinguisher session are required in any house fire marshal training London programmes, read the paragraph below.

All trainers have worked as fire service trainers. Programmes and courses based on  fire service advice,  government guidance, British Standard notes and also fire service published material.

Off site fire marshal training for your staff

Off site training is available. Managers can opt to pick our venue, so that staff can have a practical session. There is an additional charge to the venue provider, but we can book this for you. Managers can also book their own off site venues.

So what’s the cost? Normal in house fire marshal course fee applies.

All persons on this course get training certificates. In addition,  links to guidance notes are given.

We can also carry out a fire risk assessment or audit of your workplace. Therefore we can discuss any faults we have found so that your staff have a greater understanding of risk in their  building.

If you want a test for your fire marshals we can also carry this out. Therefore you will know who has passed the fire marshal training for your workplace. Either call or email our team for more information.

Practical fire extinguisher sessions

Practical fire extinguisher sessions are available, subject to an available outside space.

Staff can use water, foam, CO2 and also wet chemical extinguishers on an environmentally friendly fire training rig. Numbers carrying out live fire sessions is limited to 20 persons, so safety can be maintained.

In house course practical sessions require the following:

  1. Space of 5 or 6 car parking spaces.
  2. An outside space controlled by the organisation or also where permission has been granted for the training.
  3. Flat ground and hard standing. Lawns cannot be used if the ground is soft.
  4. Not visible form a main road or an area assessible by the public.
  5. Away from highly flammable sources and also air intakes.

Either call or email for more details.


To carry out a live fire extinguisher session at your building, we need an area that meets the following points:

A space of about five car parking spaces.

Away from combustible or flammable materials.

Not near air intakes

Away from electrical risks and also other risks

An area not visible from a main road

No public access to the live fire training area

An area controlled by you / or that you are allowed to use.

Flat and also hard standing

Safe underfoot and also no slip hazards

The number of persons on the fire extinguisher practical sessions is limited to twenty persons. However, managers can have more persons tackle fires by doubling up on practical sessions. This is how it works – Group one of twenty will take part in the practical session while group two have a coffee break. Once the first session is finished we swap over. This is so that about forty persons can have live fire training! Need more? A third practical fire training session can also be added at the end of the course. This means up to sixty persons have live fire training for one low price! There is an additional fee for this service to cover extra time and also fire extinguisher recharging.

Extreme Weather

Live fire training sessions can be cancelled due to extreme weather conditions. This may happen if there is severe snow and also very high winds.  On very rare occasions we may have to cancel the course and come to your site another day. This has only happened once in nine years!

So what are the options for managers?

If you use City Fire Training you could carry out fire marshal training / fire warden training in a number of different ways:

On our open fire marshal courses in London

Have in house fire warden courses London sessions

Use our online fire marshal training

Have online fire marshal training course and then take part in a discounted fire extinguisher session at one of our open venues

So what do our fire extinguisher sessions include? We talk about the different classes of fire. Our trainers will concentrate on the type of fires that are common in your workplace if you book an in house course. We also discuss all types of fire extinguisher. Once again, we will concentrate on the types you have in your workplace on site training courses.

Remember, we can train about twenty persons on an outside fire extinguisher session. Ten persons will get hands on training but you can add more persons for a small fee. All persons on our courses will get a fire training certificate or have their name printed on a company issued certificate. For details either call or email us now.

Frequently asked questions about fire marshal training London courses

What is the difference between fire marshals and fire wardens?

Fire marshals and fire wardens do the same job. Some organisations may ask fire marshals or fire wardens to do slightly different roles. For example some may have an emergency role and also a proactive fire safety role too. Their role may include safety checks, testing equipment and alarms etc. They may also help with developing new fire evacuation plans. Latest fire warden courses. Either call us or email us for more details about fire warden courses London / fire warden training London sessions.

How often do you hold open fire marshal training courses London and fire warden training courses London?

Monthly open fire marshal and fire warden courses are held at a Central London location. The courses include live fire training exercises so places are strictly limited.

Numbers on courses are limited to between 20 and 40 depending on the month! The trainers adopt strict Covid procedures and will ask anyone taking part in the practical session to sanitize after the exercise.

Fire marshal training London and fire warden training courses are now held at London Scottish House, 95 Horseferry Road, Westminster, London.  This is a short walk from St James's Park and also Victoria tube stations.

How many persons can attend a fire marshal courses London session?

If your staff attend one of our open fire marshal / fire warden courses London we limit the numbers taking part in the practical session to  twenty to twenty four persons. Therefore, if we have more than twenty  persons on the course we sometimes carry out two practical sessions. Any person wishing to fight a small fire using our rig can do so. We use water, foam and CO2 extinguishers.

If you decide to have an in house course, you may place any number of persons on your training session. If you select a live fire training session to add to your course, we limit the numbers on this session so that we can keep every one safe. You may place any number of persons on the classroom sessions, so this course can represent great value for money. If you need more than twenty persons to have hands on extinguisher training on your fire marshal course, we can either carry out two separate fire marshal training sessions or have a double practical session.

Can you run courses in the evening?

The team can provide evening and also twilight sessions. Any courses must start by 8pm.

If a practical session is required, the team may have to limit the numbers taking part in the practical session to ensure health and safety of attendees.

Do you work for the fire service?

City Fire Training consists of ex fire service personnel. Each person used to run courses for the EFA Trading Ltd a wholly owned company of Essex Fire Service. Since Essex Fire Service shut their company we no longer work for them.

Do you discuss high rise buildings?

Yes we do discuss high rise buildings and their fire safety issues. After the terrible Grenfell Tower fire many clients want to know what to do in case of fire in their home. Therefore we discuss fires in tall buildings. We look at working in high rise buildings and also the precautions and advice for living in high rise tower blocks.

Staff working in high rise buildings may be considered as working in a higher risk building. It is therefore important that fire marshals receive fire marshal training / fire warden training London courses more frequently than other persons.

Is practical fire extinguisher training a legal requirement?

There is no legal requirement for managers to provide staff with practical fire extinguisher training. However, these exercises do build confidence and are very popular.

Each person in a workplace should know the content of their fire emergency plan. The frequency of the training should be determined in the FEP / fire risk assessment findings.

Will my staff be safe when they carry out the practical session?

The trainers will carry out a risk assessment of the practical area and also the equipment that is used.

In addition, we implement COVID precautions to reduce chances of any transmission of the virus.

When taking the part in a practical session, the attendee will be assisted by a trainer and may also have to wear some PPE. There is also an additional trainer controlling the fires on the fire training rig.

How do I book fire marshal training London sessions?

Booking courses and also open course places is so easy.

Either call or email the team and you will be contacted with course availability.

Open courses are best booked early, since these places often fill up soon. In house courses can also be booked, It is best to chat to a CFT colleague who will be able to provide course availability.

What happens after your fire marshal training London course?

Attendees who take part in fire marshal training London sessions should read their fire emergency plan, walk the routes the are expected to check and also locate their nearest fire extinguishers.

After the course, CFT will send online notes (on request) and will also send an attendance certificate.

How many fire marshals do we need?

We are often asked “How many fire marshals do we need?”. The number of fire marshals will depend on the type of workplace and floor space, whether the public are present and also the level of risk. Lastly, it will depend on the evacuation method.

If your workplace has a low number of employees a roll call may be suitable.

Workplaces that are larger should use a type of sweep system. Published fire service advice suggests that buildings need one fire marshal for every sixty seconds of search area. In addition, workplaces would need an appropriate amount of deputy fire marshals in case of absence, sickness, annual leave etc.

Our in house and open fire marshal courses / fire warden training look at all of these issues. We can even recommend the number of fire marshals/ fire wardens you will need once you have discussed your workplace with us.

For more details of how many fire marshals your workplace needs either contact us or book on a fire marshal training fire warden training  London course. Managers can either contact us by email or they can call us on 0207 419 5001. 

What happens on a live fire training session?

We are often asked what is included in a live fire training session. We use an LPG fire training rig, water, foam, CO2 and wet chemical fire extinguishers. Our trainers simulate some small fires that can occur in a workplace. These include a small bin fire that attendees can fight with an extinguisher. They can also use a foam extinguisher too. We also simulate a live electrical fire and attendees can use CO2 extinguishers on the fire.

Our staff have strict health and safety rules. We carry out a risk assessment to make sure that the place and conditions are safe for an exercise. We also ask those not wearing glasses to wear protective eye wear and also gloves when tackling a fire with a CO2 extinguishers. In addition, we check for correct footwear, no dangling scarfs or anything that can catch light.

Our trainers have carried hundreds of these fire training sessions. We produce fire training that is fun, safe and that will also help staff gain confidence to tackle a small fire.

If you need more info about live fire training sessions why not contact our staff. You can either call or email us. We will tell you what you need for a live fire training session at your staff. We can also tell you what will happen if there is bad weather that may interfere with your fire training session.

Can I combine fire marshal training, fire warden training and fire extinguisher training in one session

Our teams provide IFSM accredited fire training. The fire marshal course has four sessions. Since the fire extinguisher training is based on the first two sessions of the fire marshal course, we can train all of your staff in one training programme. We can also include a live fire extinguisher session for both groups in you have a suitable outside space.

This double training session does not cost extra! So you can train all of your regular staff and fire marshals in one fire training course.

Either email or phone us for more details of this offer.

Do persons on a course have to take part in the practical session?

No. If a member of staff has an injury or condition that means that cannot or do not want to take part. That’s OK! Some persons may not fill confident or strong enough to lift an extinguisher and tackle a fire. Since some extinguishers mean getting as close as one metre (water mist) or one and a half metres (CO2) from the fire, some persons would rather not do the exercises. There is no requirement to do the practical session to complete the course.

However, just to make sure your staff are safe we: carry out an assessment of the area. This also includes an weather conditions on the day of the training. Use an environmentally friendly training rig that controls the size of the fire. The gas supply to the rig is turned off before a student tackles the fire, so it will not get larger during the exercise. All persons on the course will also be next to our trainer when fighting a fire. Ask attendees to wear gloves and eyewear for CO2 extinguisher exercises.

We have carried out thousands of fire safety exercises without incident. We are proud of our safety record! Still not sure? So call us our email for more details.

Can you accomodate late notice bookings

Have you been let down by another fire trainer? So you need a new trainer quickly! We have a large number of trainers, so often have dates available for persons who need training quickly.

Since our courses are IFSM accredited and we are also an approved fire training centre. You can be assured our training will be well received by your staff. We are so good, you may even book us for all future fire training sessions!

So how much does a late training session cost? Our fees are the same as regular in house course fees. £395+vat for a non practical session course or £695+vat for one with live fire training. You can place any number of persons on the course for this fee but we do limit numbers of persons on practical sessions to about 20.

We will ask for a payment prior to the training. You will also have to agree our terms and conditions too.

Our trainer will also call you to discuss site arrival times, room layout, also outside space requirements (if applicable) and answer any questions you may have.

Do you ever cancel fire training sessions for poor weather?

Our terms do say that we may have to cancel because of poor weather. However, we have never cancelled a course yet! In February 2018, the country saw red weather warnings but we still made it into London and carried out fire marshal training London sessions for a charity that provides shelter for homeless persons. We got to the venue, cleared the snow and also had an outside fire extinguisher session. That is the type of service that we offer!

Does everyone get a fire training certificate?

All persons on our open courses will get a fire marshal training / fire warden training certificate. They will also get online training notes if asked for.

Persons on our in house and off site courses also get certificates up to 20 persons. If you have a few persons over this number we will also provide certificates. If you have a high number of attendees we may have to offer a general training certificate with names of persons on the course on the reverse of the certificate.

How long does the fire marshal training certificate last?

All fire marshals need to be trained on a regular basis. The Fire Safety Order does not specify training frequency, so retraining should be based on the risk in the workplace. Workplaces where this is a high life risk should have more frequent fire marshal training. Places such as care homes, hotels and other sleeping risks should have training at least once per year. In addition, workplaces where highly flammable liquids and gases should also consider frequent training. Workplaces which are lower risk such as offices and also shops can have less frequent training. This may be every two years or even three years for very low risk, low occupancy workplaces. Our team are happy to give advice on fire training frequency. So if you are still unsure contact our team. Either call or email us and we will get back to you.

Is training available over Zoom or Google Meet?

This type of service is not available. The best fire marshal training is provided in house and also  on open courses.

This allows persons on the course to ask questions about their workplace and also in some cases take them to a part of the building where they have concerns. In addition, it allows tutors to view the workplace and highlight any problems that they see.

Online training is not usually about the workplace, so may not pass London Fire Brigade's suitable and sufficient criteria for training in a fire safety audit.

In house fire marshal courses also allow the tutor to view fire risk assessment prior to the courses to highlight other fire safety issues in the building. This is difficult to achieve in a Zoom or Google Meet style course. Lastly, online training sessions are best done as short sessions. Most fire marshal training programmes are a minimum of 3 hours in duration.