Fire Warden Notice

Fire Warden Course Introduction

Depending on the size of the business employers should nominate one or more competent persons to assist them to comply with their fire safety duties.

These employees would be Fire Wardens or Marshals.  Whatever title is given to them the duties required are numerous and once again depend on the size and layout of premises, the numbers of persons employed or on the premises and the requirements for testing fire safety equipment or systems.

Fire Warden training is enhanced level fire safety training which to be effective should be specific to the workplace and should require the inclusion of the practical operation and use of fire extinguishers.

Enhanced level training over and above that covered in fire awareness training is necessary due to the duties a fire warden accepts responsibility for. 

Fire Warden Course Design.

The Fire Warden Course is designed for all employees who have accepted the responsibility of Fire Warden or Fire Marshal and whose role may include safely using fire extinguishers within the workplace.

The course can be structured to include the practical use of extinguishers.

Practical fire extinguisher training would be deemed necessary if employees are expected to correctly select, operate and use fire extinguishers, fire blankets or hose reels.

Fire Warden Course Content

The course consists of:

  1. Introduction to and an outline of current relevant Fire Safety Legislation
  2. Explanation of and examples of the common causes of fire
  3. Explanation of the chemistry of fire (Fire Triangle)
  4. Explanation and examples of fire spread and the speed or rate at which a fire can develop
  5. Explanation and examples of the different classes of fire
  6. Explanation of the three main methods of fire extinction
  7. explanation of the generic or specific duties of fire wardens
  8. Explanation of and examples of staff induction, fire awareness training
  9. Instruction on the actions to take as a Fire Warden on the discovery of a fire
  10. Instruction on the actions to take as a Fire Warden on hearing a fire alarm.
    • How to sweep search for persons, fire, false alarms
    • The actions to take on finding a fire
    • The actions to take should you find a trapped person
  11. Instruction on the different types of fire alarm and recognise the type installed at their premises.
  12. Instruction on the different types of detectors, how they work and their sensitivity.
  13. Instruction in the procedure to be followed in the event of a false alarm
  14. Instruction on how and when to silence and reset fire alarms
  15. Explanation of the contents, the areas to review and how to revise a Fire Risk Assessment
  16. Definition and explanation of ASET Available Safe Egress Time and the factors which can affect it.
  17. Explanation and examples of means of escape and the need to be maintained clear of obstructions
  18. Explanation of the need for good fire safety housekeeping
  19. Explanation of the need for regular fire safety inspection and the importance of fire doors
  20. Explanation of why lifts and escalators should not be used for means of escape
  21. Definition of Fire Points and an explanation of their function and preferred location.
  22. Identify the purpose and contents of fire safety manuals and test records:
        Fire Policy
        Fire Safety Logbook
        Fire Alarm Logbook
        Fire Drill log
        Hot Permits
        COSHH File
  23. Explanation of need for and the process involved in calling the Fire Service
  24. Explanation of the need for and the siting of assembly point and the need for accurate roll calls
  25. Explanation of the siting, different types and use of First Aid Firefighting Equipment
  26. The practical operation and use of selected fire extinguishers

Fire Warden Course Pre-requisites

None.  The course is open to anyone.

Fire Warden Course Notes

  1. It is a legal requirement that all employees receive Fire Warden Training.
  2. The training detailed on this page is “generic” fire warden 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
    • External training area for practical extinguisher training.
  4. I will provide a Risk Assessment and Method
    Statement for practical extinguisher training.
    Please advise if you operate a Hot Work Permit system.
  5. Specific training can be designed and delivered to meet your needs.
  6. A copy of your current Fire Risk Assessment, Fire Policy, Fire Routine will be required for specific training.
  7. For businesses to which the Fire Safety Regulations apply, depending on the size of the business, not all employees nominated as Fire Wardens would need to be trained in the operation and use of fire extinguishers. 
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Fire Warden 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 Warden Course Duration

Without practical fire extinguisher training:   2 – 3 hours

With practical fire extinguisher training:        4 hours

Fire Warden Course Size

Maximum 20 candidates for courses with no practical fire extinguisher training.

Maximum 12 candidates per instructor for practical fire extinguisher training.

Firer Warden Course Assessment

  • Tailored assessment, both written and practical, can be prepared for specific fire awareness courses.  

Fire Warden Course Qualification

  • Candidates will either obtain certification of attendance or 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 Warden Course Refresher

Determined by Employer based on:

  • alteration to premises
  • change of duties
  • change of existing fire safety measures

Recommend refresher training for fire extinguishers.