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Fire Training is Essential Because

Fire Training is Essential

Fire safety training is often treated as nothing more than a compliance issue by businesses, it’s something that has to be dealt with to avoid regulatory shortfalls, however it’s rarely treated as the priority it really should be. When you boil it down, fire safety training is essential because it helps reduce the likelihood of fires in businesses. It’s as simple and as important as that. So, what do you need to know?

Why Does Fire Safety Training Matter


Why is it essential for businesses to provide fire safety training?

Fire training is essential for a couple of key reasons. Firstly, it’s a legal requirement and it also delivers tangible benefits. It not only gives employees the confidence to deal with emergencies, but it also helps reduce the likelihood of fires starting in the first place, doubling your protection. In the event of an emergency, it’s easy to panic. Fire safety training provides a solid foundation of knowledge for employees to fall back on when the worst happens, but if your team members know of the potential dangers to look out for within the workplace, they are less likely to ever need that knowledge.


What should fire safety training look like?

Fire safety training takes two forms, there is basic fire safety training that all employees should have. And then there is fire warden/marshal training.


Basic fire safety training

Basic fire safety training covers the key elements that all employees need to know to remain safe when a fire breaks out. This would include:

  • Emergency exits, where to find them, and how to use them.
  • Fire alarm activation points and how to raise the alarm.
  • Basic fire prevention and good housekeeping, including any risks specific to your business, such as chemical storage or heat sources.
  • The emergency plan for your business, including the roles of each individual, escape routes, and meeting points.
  • How to access and use fire safety equipment, such as fire extinguishers.
  • Your business’ smoking policy.
Fire warden training

Fire warden is much more detailed than basic fire safety training, although it does cover all of the above points, it provides much more information and additional points of concern. At 1st Class Fire Protection, our full-day fire warden training typically takes the following format.

  1. Theory and talk on fire safety

We provide a highly engaging demonstration to understand the theory of something before you can get to grips with the practice. Our highly experienced fire safety experts work hard to ensure that this part of the day really showcases the dangers and ways to prevent hazards. Our feedback on this is always very positive with our audience always finding our training highly engaging and relevant.

  1. The legal side of fire protection

In this part of the day, we delve a little deeper into the whys and wherefores of fire training. Explaining why certain elements are a legal requirement, and the process of compliance. Including the creation and upkeep of your fire risk assessment. And the use of the fire logbook.

  1. Examples of fire in the workplace

As the title suggests, in this section we demonstrate where and how workplace fires can start, as well as what to do in a fire event. This includes alarm activation, fire safety equipment, evacuation, and all other relevant topics.

  1. Explaining the role of fire warden

The fire warden’s role is integral to the safety of any business. They are not only responsible for the day-to-day fire safety administration, such as conducting fire risk assessments, fire equipment safety and management, housekeeping, and ensuring employee fire safety training is kept up to date. But taking charge in an emergency. In this case, they would sound the alarm, alert the fire brigade, and oversee the evacuation of the premises.

  1. Fire signage for businesses

Fire safety signage can be a literal lifesaver in a fire event, providing essential wayfinding in difficult conditions. In this section, we explain what fire safety signage your business needs to have, where it should be placed, and how it can be used to improve the overall safety of your business.

  1. Live demonstration of fire extinguisher

Now for the fun part! Not only do we demonstrate how to discharge a fire extinguisher, but we also provide hands-on experience for all attendees. Making sure that everyone knows how to properly use each fire extinguisher, and has had a go at discharging one as this is something many people in life won’t have experienced and hopefully won’t have to in a real situation. This is the part of the training that people always remember and we always get positive feedback about as an online course doesn’t give you real-world experience.


Professional Fire Training


At 1st Class Fire Protection, we’ve had more than 30 years of experience in fire safety. We’ve worked with hundreds of businesses and trained thousands of individuals. Helping to ensure that each one knows what to do to keep their colleagues and their businesses safe. Both in terms of fire prevention and fire safety.

We have a dedicated training area at our facility, but we’re also happy to take our training to your premises. This enables us to tailor our training to the specific needs of your business. For us, fire safety training is never just a tick-box experience. It’s about creating an engaging and memorable, hands-on experience that will stay vital in the minds of everyone who attends. Because that’s the easiest way to ensure its effectiveness. And to keep your business fire-safe.

We’ve been serving the businesses of Norfolk, Suffolk, and the surrounding areas for more than 30 years. Get in touch to discuss the fire safety training and other fire safety needs of your business today.


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