Having designated fire marshals in your organisation ensures that you have people on site to assist employees, visitors and customers with evacuation in the event of a fire or emergency. Proper training and tools make their job easier, and help keep people safe.
What is a fire marshal?
A fire marshal’s duties will depend on the size of your business, but essentially the individual is responsible for the building’s safety in the event of a fire. In a large business or premises it is likely that you will have a number of marshals responsible for different areas. Each marshal will need to understand the fire safety regulations, evacuation procedures and emergency protocols you need to carry out in an emergency.
There are numerous responsibilities that your fire marshal may hold, not least of which is the planning and carrying out of fire drills and evacuations. In a drill a fire marshal will need to be visible, clear and heard when offering direction. The larger your organisation the more complex your fire marshal’s duties could be, and the more important clear and regular training will be. Expert fire marshal training can remove any uncertainty from the role, and give you the confidence that any evacuation will be properly and effectively managed.
Wessex has been providing training for fire marshals across a diverse range of businesses for over 25 years. Our friendly, expert trainers will tailor training to meet your needs and deliver initial and refresher courses as required.
A training course is essential for a person to become a fire marshal. The course will help them learn their legal responsibilities as well as educating them on potential fire risk situations, common fire hazards, fire extinguishers and safety equipment usage. We will also teach the fire marshal how to educate fellow employees and manage an evacuation in the event of an emergency.
All the tools
As well as full marshal training we can provide a range of tools to support your fire representatives, including hi vis waistcoats, flashlights, and megaphones or fire horns.
Keeping your fire marshals up to date with legislation and any changes to your premises or staff is essential. We can support you with ongoing training and refresher packages.
Understanding what is expected of them in their role is essential for any employee’s engagement and we can help with a clear breakdown of the fire marshal role and responsibilities.
Safe in an emergency
A vital part of your fire safeguarding system, ultimately it is your fire marshals that will ensure your building is cleared and procedure is followed following system alerts.
National Security Inspectorate (NSI)
Wessex Fire & Security have held NACOSS Gold security accreditation for security system installation and maintenance since 1991. All NSI Gold security companies meet the requirements of the police and operate an accredited ISO 9001 Quality Management System, audited annually.
British Security Industry Association (BSIA)
We are proud to have been members of the BSIA since 1991. BSIA is the trade association for the professional security industry in the UK. The BSIA hallmark is a symbol of quality and professionalism for security buyers and industry partners.
Electrical Contractors Association (ECA)
Since 1984 Wessex Fire & Security have been members of the ECA, whose membership base encompasses installers, manufacturers, distributors and end users across the electronics and electrical industry.
Fire Industry Association (FIA)
The FIA is a not-for-profit trade association with the aim of promoting the professional status of the UK fire safety industry. They also provide training on legislation and regulations across the industry. Wessex Fire & Safety have been members since 2001.
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