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Fire Safety Training

The regulatory Reform (fire safety) Order requires all employers to provide adequate safety training for their staff. This training can be carried out in house or by a reputable company.
This guidance has been produced to provide you with the information you need on staff fire training.


All employees should be provided with fire safety training, including those who work part time or work outside of normal working hours.


Staff should have sufficient training to be able to properly protect themselves in the event of fire, the level of training given to staff will vary depending on the size of the workplace and the nature of the work carried out.

The completed risk assessment will outline the hazards and level of risk present in the workplace, this can then be used to decide on the type of training required, The higher the hazards and level of risk the more in depth and frequent the training needs to be given.
While not exhaustive the following list can be used for guidance.

• The action to take on discovering a fire
• How to raise the alarm
• The action to take on hearing the alarm
• How members of the public and visitors to the workplace will be informed
• Arrangements for calling the fire brigade
• Evacuation procedures for everyone in the building
• The location and use of fire fighting equipment
• The location of escape routes
• How to stop machinery and isolate power supplies
• The location of assembly points
• General fire safety
• Relevant legal requirements

It is also advisable to include some practical experience such as fire extinguisher use and it would be preferable to hold a fire drill at least twice a year.


Employees should receive training when they are first employed and then refresher training at periodic times.
An employee would need to receive further training if there were a change in the risk an employee was exposed to such as:-

• Being given new responsibilities
• A transfer to a new area of work
• An introduction of new equipment
• An alteration to the building
• A change in the buildings use
• The introduction of new technology

Training should be given during normal working hours. A record of training and fire drills should be kept .


The “Responsible Person” should nominate certain employees to implement fire safety measures, this will include fire evacuation. How many fire wardens are needed will depend on the size of the building, the larger the building the more fire wardens needed.

Fire wardens will also require training above that which is given to normal employees, fire wardens should be competent in the use of all types of fire extinguishers and have some knowledge of fire prevention, they should be able to identify fire hazards and should have thorough knowledge of the fire action plan and their role in implementing it.
The following list is not exhaustive but gives a good indication of the type of duties a fire warden may be expected to carry out.

Routine checks:

• Fire doors are not held open
• Fire fighting equipment is in correct place and not damaged in any way
• Signs and notices are correct and in good order
• General housekeeping is of a high standard
• Ensure that escape routes are free from obstruction

On hearing the fire alarm

• Ensure fire brigade has been called
• Carry out a search of the building
• Assist in the evacuation of staff and visitors
• Direct people out of the building and towards the assembly point
• Role call at assembly point


If your fire risks assessment has highlighted specific risks within your workplace. You may find that more specialist fire fighting equipment has been installed in these areas, it would then be beneficial to provide extra training for the staff working in those areas.

This training may be given at more frequent intervals, may be of a more involved nature or may require the assistance of a specialist company.

Such high risk areas may include:-

• Flammable liquid storage
• Combustible metal storage
• Areas where hot work is carried out
• Areas where evacuation times are reduced, either because of the nature of the work carried out or the nature of the people working in those areas.


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