Role of a fire warden in a workplace

Role of a fire warden in a workplace

What is a fire warden and what do they do?

 

Fire wardens have a structured framework to follow within their organisation to help prevent fires.

 

Roles and Responsibilities

 

Fire wardens, or marshals as they are sometimes known, can have a dual role of helping with fire protection as well as making sure there is a safe evacuation in the case of a fire. It is important that they have the right knowledge and training to be able to carry out these duties to ensure the safety of people and help to prevent fire.

 

What does an evacuation fire warden do?

 

1. An evacuation fire warden helps to ensure that people stay calm and know where to go in the event of a fire

2. They usually have allocated areas which they are responsible for, to make sure the evacuation is complete and safe

3. They may have the duty of closing windows and fire doors to help stop the spread of a blaze through a building

4. Other fire wardens may be given the specific duty of helping a disabled person to evacuate safely, and this may include being trained in the operation of evac chairs

5. Fire wardens are trained in the use of fire extinguishers, and they may be required to tackle a small blaze that they judge they can put out without putting themselves or anyone else in danger

 

Chief wire warden

 

1. He or she is responsible for organising the fire wardens and any cover for when a fire warden is off and not in the building

2. They distribute the relevant information to all wardens and building occupants for use in case of emergency

3. They may oversee the fire alarm system and making sure the fire brigade has been alerted

4. They are responsible for the roll call to make sure that all employees, visitors and any other people have been evacuated

 

Things to consider when deciding how many fire wardens is enough for your premises:

 

1. Hazards – how likely fire will occur

2. Severity – how damaging could a fire be

3. How many people are to be evacuated

4. Are there any people with disability that require extra assistance?

5. The areas to be checked and the size and layout of the building

 

Low fire risk

 

If there is any risk, then all the following are true,

 

1. Occupants could escape quickly and safety in fire event

2. Few combustible or high flammable materials

3. Safety measures are adequate and maintained

4. No high-risk group of individuals such as disabled or elderly

 

Normal fire risk

 

If there is average risk to life, then the following are true,

 

1. Some sources of heat that could ignite a fire

2. Small number of elevated risk individuals such as elderly, disabled

3. Some quantities of high flammable materials

4. Safety measures are adequate and maintained

 

High fire risk

 

If there is a serious risk, then the following are true,

 

1. Substantial quantities of high flammable materials

2. Heat sources that easily ignite a fire

3. Fire could spread at a rapid rate

4. Safety measures are poor

 

Low risk premises

 

1. Fewer than 50 people – need at-least 1 fire marshal

2. 50 -100 people – need at-least 2 fire marshals

3. Every additional 100 people – need 1 additional fire marshal

4. Large sites – 1 fire marshal per floor

 

Normal risk premises

 

1. If it is less than 20 – need at-least 1 fire marshal

2. If it is 20-75 – need at-least 2 people

3. For every additional 75 – we need 1 additional fire warden

4. Large sites – 1 fire marshal

 

High risk premises

 

1. Fewer than 15 means – at-least 1 fire marshal

2. If 15-50 people, then at-least 2 fire marshals

3. For every additional 50 – 1 additional fire marshal

4. Large sites – 1 fire marshal per floor

 

The responsible person within the organisation has the duty of carrying out fire risk assessments and making sure that there are adequate fire safety measures and fire wardens appointed in the event of a fire. They leave themselves open to prosecution if a fire occurs that results in injury or death and they are found to be negligent.

 

If you have any questions about fire warden training or why appointing a fire warden is important email us here – admin@veteranfiresafety.co.uk . One of our professionals will be delighted to help you or alternatively call 01530 588 189

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