Fire safety

Fire safety – best-practice – overview

The Fire Safety Order 2005 requires all employers to ensure that all their staff receive adequate fire
safety training. This half-day programme has been designed specifically to help employers comply
with their legal obligation. The course has been run for many different organisations, including private
and public sector bodies of all sizes. It is presented by a highly qualified former fire officer, with
more than twenty years’ experience in the Fire Service. The presentation style is informal, lively and
interactive.

Full details below or download course outline.

Learning objectives

Key learning points:

  • Awareness of effects of fire and smoke
  • Understanding of the triangle of fire
  • Understanding of fire procedures
  • Ability to use fire extinguishers safely
Who should attend?

Designed for staff at all levels, the course can be adjusted to suit the requirements of specific
organisations, premises or course participants.
Course format

This is a half-day course based on a study pack (which will be issued to each participant) and
guidance material, in addition to formal trainer input.
Special features

The course can be tailored to take account of specific features of your premises, if required.
If required, this course can be modified to include a session on the safe use of fire extinguishers.
This would be an additional hour-long session be held at the end of the course (at no extra charge,
provided that the client can supply the necessary equipment). Whilst the main course could
accommodate 12 participants, the additional session would need to be limited to 8 participants.
Expert trainer

Alan has more than twenty years’ experience in the Fire Service. He has a wealth of operational and
training experience, both in Local Authority and in private Fire Services. A highly experienced fire
risk assessor and fire safety trainer, he specialises in breathing apparatus, confined spaces, casualty
extrication, manual handling and fire-fighting instruction. He attended the Fire Service College and
has more than five years fire safety consulting experience, including the implementation of the
Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations. Qualifications include: Fire Service trainer (fire safety,
breathing apparatus, rescue and firefighting), Fire Safety Inspecting Officer.

Fire safety – course outline

1 Introduction

  • Fire hazards
  • Means of escape and assembly point(s)
  • Fire separation and compartmentation / zones
  • Means of raising alarm and location of Fire Points / Fire Equipment

2 Discovering a fire

  • Alert others / activate the alarm
  • If ‘small’ fire attempt to extinguish ‘safely
  • If unable or unwilling, leave the building by the nearest available exit route (closing doors)
  • Ensure Fire Brigade have been called
  • Go to assembly point and report as necessary

3 Hearing the alarm

  • Continuous sound
    • – Fire Marshals ‘ensure’ immediate and total evacuation
    • – Assist others (particularly impaired / visitors) to leave by designated routes (close doors
      and windows, if possible)
    • – Do not ‘delay’ to collect belongings
    • – Do not use lifts
    • – Proceed to assembly point and report as necessary
  • Intermittent sound
    • – Remain within the immediate workplace area and await instructions and/or evacuation signal
    • – Fire Marshals will discourage the movement of staff, especially between floors
    • – Prepare for evacuation

4 Understanding fire

  • Principal causes
  • Fire growth– the ‘unholy trinity’
  • The combustion process
    • – Presence of flammable material (fuel)
    • – Introduction of ignition source (heat)
    • – Production of flammable vapour (oxygen)
    • – Ignition of vapour
    • – Sustaining combustion (oxygen/fuel/heat)
  • Fire suppression
  • Fire classification
    • – A: Carbonaceous materials
    • – B: Flammable liquids and liquefiable solids
    • – C: Gases
    • – D: Metals
  • Extinguishing materials
    • – Water
    • – Carbon dioxide
    • – Foam
    • – Vapourising liquids
    • – Dry powder
    • – Fire blanket
    • – Sand / earth

5 Fire fighting equipment

  • Fixed
    • – Sprinklers / drenchers / projectors
    • – Foam systems
    • – Gaseous flooding (CO2, Halon and replacements, etc)
    • – Mains, inlets and risers, hose-reels
  • Portable
    • – Type
    • – Siting
    • – Maintenance
  • Training