Does fire marshal training expire?
The short answer here is, ‘no’. There is no limitation on the lifespan of fire marshal training. However, we all forget things over time. So, it is highly advisable for fire marshals to receive refresher training at least once every three years.
You may also wish to consider providing additional fire marshal training if the business changes in any practical or physical way. If you move premises or take on a different kind of work, the fire risk will likely change, and your fire marshal(s) needs to know how to deal with that. Significant changes in personnel can also warrant additional fire marshal training. As can repeated failings in your fire risk assessment, or if you have other reasons to believe that the original training is no longer meeting the needs of your business.
How often do you need to conduct general fire safety training for staff?
In most cases, once your fire marshals have received their training, they will take responsibility for delivering fire safety training to the rest of your employees.
According to the 2005 Fire Safety Order, you are legally required to provide fire safety training if you run a business that employs at least one other person. And this applies to anyone who might visit your site to work, including contractors, volunteers, and security personnel. The training should be delivered as soon as possible upon the person first entering your premises. And it needs to be refreshed at least once a year.
Fire marshals play an integral role in the safety of your business. Securing the right training for them can be enough to positively change the outcome of any fire scenario. But, more importantly, it can help to ensure that it is never necessary. With 1st Class Fire Protection’s comprehensive, tailored, hands-on fire safety training, you can be confident that your fire marshals know everything they need to know to keep your business safe.