Thursday, 30 March 2017

How Often Should you do Fire Warden Training?

Fire wardens are appointed for offices, schools, care homes, healthcare premises and other public places. They are the people who are responsible for ensuring that all the fire safety procedures are followed and are responsible for the protection of staff, clients and visitors in the case of a fire.

Role of a fire warden

fire warden role
Fire Warden Role
  • The fire warden is responsible for making sure the right evacuation procedures are followed
  • Checking the building for any customers or workers who ignore the alarm and subsequently reporting to the fireplace marshal
  • Ability to use fire fighting equipment
  • Shutting down vital and dangerous equipment
  • Liaising with the fire rescue team on arrival
  • By the time the fire brigade arrives they are responsible for understanding that everybody is accounted for and is at a safe distance from the fire
How many fire wardens are required?
  • The number of Fire Wardens required depends upon the structure and complexity of the workplaces
  • For large organisations and businesses, multiple fire wardens are required, different wardens assigned to specific departments and smaller areas of responsibility because one fire warden can’t deal with alone
  • It is advisable to train an extra warden to cover sickness and other absences
What is Fire warden training?

fire warden training
Fire Warden Training (Source - Magie Plus Plus)
  • A fire warden takes on responsibility in the event of a fire
  • Fire warden training is necessary for the warden to understand the role
  • They first learn about “awareness of human behaviour in fires”
  • The training teaches about fires and the safety measures to be taken immediately in the event of a fire, how fire spreads as well as the mechanism and usage of fire extinguishers
  • Regular fire alarm checks and fire practice may also be the duties of Fire warden
How often Fire warden training should happen?

The frequency of training for fire wardens depend upon the level of risk at the premises, number of people in the premises and the nature of the business.

The fire warden training is normally held between 1-3 years and should be recorded in company fire safety procedures.

What will Veteran fire safety services provide you?

We provide an extensive experience of delivering a range of fire consulting services and fire risk assessments across a variety of sectors and buildings. 

We train fire wardens and provide professional training. Call us on 01530 588 189 to talk with our expert or visit our website for more details.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Fire Risk Assessment for Offices

Fire risk assessment

In the United Kingdom, organisations must act with strict rules of fire safety and assessing the risk of fire on an ongoing basis. In England and Wales, every company or building proprietor is accountable for the fire safety risk assessment of that organisation or building.

What is RRO?

The Regulatory Reform Order (RRO) 2005 came into effect and successfully launched new fire safety guidelines. This new code, that is typically known as the RRO, applies to all non-domestic buildings and premises in England and Wales, and additionally covers all areas of common use.

Fire Risk Assessment (source - elec spec)
Who is subjected?

For example, if you're self-employed and use a building consisting of your property for your commercial enterprise, it applies to you and your house. Also, all charity agencies also are listed. Below are the listed places which are required to undergo fire assessment as per RRO guidelines
  • Offices and shops 
  • Sleeping accommodation
  • Residential care premises 
  • Educational premises
  • Factories and warehouses 
  • Theatres, cinemas and similar premises
  • Open air events and venues 
  • Healthcare premises
  • Animal Premises and Stables 
Companies that do not comply with those recommendations can be subject to fines or prosecution.

Importance of fire risk assessment

Fire Safety Risk Assessment

If you have ever been a fire victim, you will come to know how essential it is to make your home or place of work safe and protected from fire. A common cause of fire incident is a simple lack of knowledge on spotting the danger signs.

To keep your circle of relatives and co-workers secure from fire you need to concentrate specific things,
  • You must identify the possibilities of fire dangers
  • Evaluate the people at risk
  • Analyse and remove or minimise fire hazards
  • Review these risks from time to time 
  • Streamline the fire evacuation procedure
Need a professional fire risk assessment? Call us

“Veteran Fire Safety LTD” risk assessments follow the preferred technique as encouraged in the guidelines of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order. We have a team of incredibly skilled and certified assessors who consequently provide a cost-effective, professional service that will meet your current legislative requirements.

Our template will assist you to record fire risks, assess the risk and evaluate measures to reduce the likelihood of a fire.

Give us a call on - 01530 588 189 or visit our website for further details.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Live fire training ideas

“Becoming fearless isn’t the point. That’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear, & how to be free from it, that’s the point. Necessity of action just takes away the fear of act, and makes bold resolution the favorite of fortune”. - Francis Quarles

As the above quotes, the firefighters must keep on updating their firefighting skill and can control their fear in any emergency. Live fire basic training helps the firefighters to think clearly and critically and be able to solve problems under stress.

How a live fire training conducted?

Generally, live fire training is carried out in burn homes or buildings, which are structured, constructed or obtained to be deliberately burned for the education of firefighters. Let's discuss a few points on how a standard live fire education, consultation goes, in line with the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association).

live fire training
Live Fire Training (source - apcd foundation)
  • The instructor gives a briefing of the day's activities, and the trainees dress in their high-tech, multi-layered specialist clothing
  • The fire safety clothes can withstand temperatures up to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition, each student wears an SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus), tacking on an extra 30 pounds
  • Next, the trainees are instructed to enter the burn building. One trainer goes before the students, and one trail behind. The fire safety trainees organise themselves on the same side of the hose and distance themselves an arm's length from each other
  • The crew gets down into a crawling position as they enter the burn region, making sure to maintain the hose line between themselves and the flames. As the trainees approach the area they will attack, they take their positions on the line, one operating the nozzle, the others supporting it
  • The instructor signals and the students open the nozzle to attack the flames; the team aims the nozzle far away from their bodies to avoid steam burns on exposed skin
Live Fire Training Buildings (source - parma fire department)
  • Now the students rotate. The nozzle operator moves to the back of the line and everyone else moves forward. The crew repeats this manner till anybody has a go at working the nozzle. When they extinguish the fire, the crew quickly leaves the structure safely, leaving only the nozzle operator and backup team members behind
  • Two of them stay to ensure the fire doesn't re-ignite. Once it is completely extinguished, the team works together to retract the hose
  • Now the trainees are checked for any injuries and they are provided with feedback

We provide dynamic fire safety trainers who will train you completely in fire safety techniques with a live demo. Give us a call on - 01530588189 or visit our website for further details.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Which Fire Extinguisher to use and how to choose?

When choosing a fire extinguisher the first thing to do is to identify the types of materials in the area where the fire extinguisher is going to be placed. Then there are several different types of fire extinguisher to choose from, such as:

  • Class A – used for solids such as plastic, paper, wood, etc.
  • Class B – used for flammable liquids such as petrol, paraffin, oil, etc.
  • Class C – flammable gases such as methane, propane, butane, etc.
  • Class D – metals such as titanium, aluminum, magnesium, etc.
  • Class E – electrical apparatus
  • Class F – cooking oil and fat etc.
choose fire extinguisher
Choose Fire Extinguisher

It is very effective on flammable liquids, woods, spirits, and petrol but this is not for use in the kitchen or electrical fires, making it a handy device to keep in a garage.

Wet Chemical 

It is safe to use in cooking fat fires, and soft furnishings, yet hazardous once brought into contact with flammable or electrical liquids and gases.


This type of extinguisher is good for putting out the flames on soft furnishings and carpets, but dangerous when used on cooking fats or flammable liquids. Have this in the living room and bedroom, if you are a smoker, but not useful for the kitchen. 

Dry powder

It is used on a range of fires in the home. It is safe to use on wood, electrical fires, textiles, and flammable liquids or gases. Ensure that this is not usable in kitchen fires involves cooking oils and fats. Good advice is for living areas and garages but still needs a separate device for the kitchen.

Use an Extinguisher 

fire extinguisher
Fire Extinguisher (source - nearsay)
Experts from fire safety advises people to learn how to use an extinguisher before an emergency occurs. Place the extinguishers where you can see and reach them easily, near to the room’s exit. In this way, you are able to fight the fire with your back to the door and make an easy escape if a blaze gets out of control.

A short way to remember how to use an extinguisher is by using the acronym – “PASS”

P - Pull the Extinguisher’s Safety Pin”. 

A – Aim the chemical at source of the flames, rather than at flames themselves, by standing at-least 6 feet away from fire 

S – Squeeze the trigger and hold it, keeping the extinguisher upright

S – Sweep the source of the flames until the fire extinguisher runs dry

If you have used fire extinguishers, even if it is not completely empty, you must replace it or refill it straight away Also replace or replenish any extinguisher, whose pressure gauge has slipped out of the green zone and into the red over time. Keep this in mind extinguishers with plastic valves cannot be refilled and you must discard after use. But metal valves can easily be refilled and will last you for a long time.

When it comes to safety you, your family and staff or employees are the top most priority. We are selling BAFE approved products and it is essential to select per requirement. It’s very important to keep extinguishers maintained and properly serviced as it is an essential part of the protection system.

More information on our maintenance service -