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What is the difference between a Fire Warden and a Fire Marshal?

Fire Warden or Fire Marshal? In a lot of ways, there isn’t a lot of difference between them. Some may say that they employ one person to do both jobs. Hopefully, we can clear things up for you.

What is the Role of a Fire Marshal?

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The Fire Marshal identifies fire hazards at their workplace. The Fire Marshal reports the hazards to the appropriate person. They do this by conducting consistent assessments of the building. The fire marshal ensures that everyone leaves the building during an evacuation. They must do this as quickly and as orderly as feasible. A responsible person carries out security measures, such as closing fire-resistant safes. They will also make the area as safe as possible in the case of an emergency.

What is the Role of a Fire Warden?

A Fire Warden’s role is to clear the building of people, and no one remains inside; they would carry out a quick check and then a thorough role call at the fire assembly point. Once this is done, it doesn’t end there; no one should enter the building in which they have evacuated has occurred until they declare it as safe.

In some circumstances, a Fire Marshal also deals with bomb threat drills for emergencies that happen on-premises and what to do if this occurs outside as well.

What is Fire Marshal Training?

Types of Fire Extinguisher and When to Use ThemThis course contains a half-day session involves three hours of classroom-based learning and practical session.

Delivered by an ex-fire service officer or another suitably qualified person, the course allows delegates to try out different types of fire extinguishers in a simulated live fire.

The course will cover all you need to know to be able to manage and prevent fires in the workplace effectively, how to evacuate the building safely and, the relevant safety legislation.

How long does Fire Marshal certificate last?

Upon completion of the training, you will have a valid certificate for 3 years then you must renew it.

3B Training run Fire Warden courses consistently nationwide. If you are looking to become a Fire Warden yourself and would like to book onto an open training course; book a course online here. If you would like further information on the training course, visit our course information page here.

Who is the Responsible Person in Fire Safety?

Fire Responsible PersonThe fire responsible person in the workplace would be the employer. If the employer doesn’t own the building in which work is conducted; the person who owns the premises would be the responsible person.

What does The Fire Safety Responsible Person do?

  • Execute a fire risk assessment of the premises and check it regularly.
  • Communicate with staff or their line manager about the risks you’ve found.
  • Implement and maintain the relevant fire safety procedures.
  • Prepare for an emergency.
  • Supply fire safety information and training to staff.

Who is classed as a Competent Person in Fire Safety?

The competent person, otherwise known as the fire assessor is in place to carry out fire safety tasks properly. The competent person doesn’t need any specific qualifications but must have a good understanding of fire safety legislation.  They must also understand fire hazards, risks and emergency procedures and be able to carry out a fire risk assessment.

Who is The Relevant Person in Fire Safety?

The relevant person in fire safety terms is anyone in premises who could be affected by a fire.

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