Fire Assessor Course

Fire Risk Assessor Course Introduction

A fire risk assessment is an organised and methodical look at the relevant premises, the activities carried on there and the likelihood that a fire could start and cause harm to those in and around the premises.

The legal requirement is that the owner, employer or any person who has control to any extent of a relevant premises and who is responsible for fire safety shall ensure that the premises are risk assessed.

In Northern Ireland the person with this responsibility is known as the Appropriate Person.

The Appropriate Person does not necessarily complete the fire risk assessment.  This course will enable them to complete, review and revise fire risk assessments.

Fire Risk Assessor Course Design.

Fire Risk Assessor Course is designed for employers, managers, occupiers, owners, employees and all other people who have a role in ensuring the fire safety of relevant premises. This course will assist them to apply the guidance offered in the relevant fire series guidance document/s.

The guidance referred to specifically encourages managers, occupiers, owners, employees and other persons to conduct their own fire risk assessments.

On completion of this course delegates should be able to complete, review and revise Fire Risk Assessments for “low to medium” risk premises as defined on the Fire Safety page.

Fire Risk Assessor Course Content

The course consists of:

  1. Define Fire Risk Assessment and identify the Appropriate Person
  2. Explanation and examples of potential fire hazards:
    • Sources of heat or ignition
    • Fuel types and their effects on fuel load and fire development
    • Oxygen supplies
  3. Explanation of how the different levels and types of occupancy affect fire risk
  4. Determining the level of fire risk for a variety of premises
  5. Select and apply an appropriate methodology for completion of the FRA
  6. Determine the level of existing fire precautions and comment on their adequacy
  7. Determine if the existing fire precautions comply with statutory legal requirements
  8. State the relevant NI legislation and recognise the enforcing authority
  9. Explanation of potential offences and the enforcement actions
  10. Explanation of appropriate guidance documents and how to apply the guidance
  11. Explanation of how fires start, the rate at which they develop and the movement of toxic gases and unburnt fuel
  12. Explanation of the behaviour of construction materials and structural elements when exposed to fire
  13. Explanation of passive and active fire protection
  14. Explanation on the effects of fire on relevant persons and their behaviour in fire situations
  15. Understanding the importance of staff training and its influence on fire drills and behaviour in the event of fire
  16. Explanation of means of escape, travel distances, escape signage and evacuation plans
  17. Explanation and recognition of RSET and ASET
  18. Recognition of the means of protecting the means of escape
  19. Explanation and application of appropriate fire prevention measures based on the hierarchy of risk control
  20. Explanation of passive fire protection measures and determine their need
  21. Explanation of active fire protection measures, their test and certification requirements and determine
    their need to include:

    • Automatic fire alarms and detection systems
    • Emergency Voice communications systems
    • Emergency Escape Lighting
    • First Aid Firefighting Equipment
    • Fire Suppression Systems
    • Smoke Control Systems
    • Safeguarding arrangements for the NIFRS
  22. Explanation of Fire Safety Policies and the management of fire safety

Fire Risk Assessor Course Pre-requisites

Candidates should have attended a Fire warden Course.

If training is to be carried out at your site, a current, valid fire risk assessment should be provided prior to the training event.  This will be used as part of the course content. 

Fire Risk Assessor Course Notes

  1. It is a legal requirement that all relevant premises have a Fire Risk Assessment.
  2. The training detailed on this page is “generic” fire risk assessor training
  3. Training can be carried out at your premises provided suitable resources are available:
    • Sufficient space to accommodate course numbers
    • Space to use whiteboard, laptop and projector
  4. Specific training can be designed and delivered to meet your needs.
  5. A copy of your current Fire Risk Assessment, Fire Policy, Fire Routine will be required for specific training.
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Fire Risk Assessor Course Venue

Training can be conducted at:

  • Fire Safety Trainer practical training premises.
    Details of these can be found on the contact page.
  • Your premises.  Please see the attached notes.
  • Other suitable agreed venues.

Fire Risk Assessor Course Duration

3 days to include written and practical assessment.

Fire Risk Assessor Course Size

Minimum 6

Maximum 12 

Fire Risk Assessor Course Assessment

Written Assessment

Practical Assessment.  Review, revision and provision of Fire Risk Assessments.

Fire Risk Assessor Course Qualification

  • Candidates will obtain certification of successful pass.
  • The Certificate will clearly state the Aim and Objectives of the course.
  • Certificates will be sent to the company and not to individual candidates and will be valid for 3 years.

Fire Risk Assessor Course Refresher

Regular review and revision of workplace risk assessment.