What is the Fire Marshal Certificate?
The Fire Marshal Certificate, also known as The Fire Warden Certificate, demonstrates that you have completed specialist fire training and are able to contribute to the overall fire safety in your workplace. Certified Fire Marshals and Fire Wardens are responsible for identifying fire hazards in the workplace in order to minimise risk, as well to ensure that emergency procedures, like evacuations and drills, are conducted properly. The Fire Marshal Certificate is valid for 3 years and is issued by your specialist fire safety training provider.
Do I need a Fire Marshal Certificate?
The Fire Marshal Certificate is for you if you have been appointed (or would like to be appointed) as a Fire Marshal or Fire Warden in your workplace. As a Fire Marshal with the necessary training, you will be expected to have essential Fire Safety knowledge that will make your work place safer. You will also get involved in key emergency procedures.
As per the Fire Safety Order 2005, it is a legal requirement to ensure sufficient preparations have been put in place to handle safe evacuations in the event of a fire. This is usually in the form of a Certified Fire Warden.
To be eligible for the Fire Marshal Certificate, you need to be over 16 years old and have completed the half-day Fire Marshal Training. Those who attend the course and obtain the certificate tend to be the appointed Fire Marshals at their workplace.
Being appointed as the Fire Marshal or Fire Warden in your workplace is a huge responsibility which must be taken seriously.
How to get the Fire Marshal Certificate
To obtain a Fire Marshal Certificate, you will first need to complete the necessary training course. The Certificate will be awarded on successful completion of the course.
Complete the Fire Marshal Training Course
The training course runs for half a day and you will be assessed on your learning through class participation and, in some cases, a simple multiple choice exam.
Fire Marshal Training Course
To get the Fire Marshal or Fire Warden Certificate, you will need to complete the Fire Marshal Training Course is between half a day to a full-day. Candidates taking the course must be 16+ and have basic knowledge about fire safety and fire extinguishers. All training complies with Fire Safety Order 2005 which outlines key fire safety responsibilities. Some of the units of the training course include:
- Fire safety legislation
- Common causes of fire
- The chemistry of fire
- Fire safety precautions
- Action on discovering a fire
- Fire drills and evacuation
- Using fire extinguishers
- The role of Fire Marshals
Assessment for the Fire Marshal Training Course varies. Some training providers choose to assess through multiple choice exams. Others only rely on continuous assessment through class participation.
Cost of the Fire Marshal Certificate
The Fire Marshal (or Fire Warden) Certificate comes as part of the Fire Marshal Training Course. This means that there is no additional cost to obtain the certificate, as the price is already factored into the training cost.
The Fire Marshal Certificate is only valid for 3 years. After this period, you can either take another Fire Marshal Training Course or a shorter refresher course. You will receive a new certificate at this point.
In most businesses, there is no difference between Fire Marshals and a Fire Wardens, and the terms tend to be used interchangeable. However, at larger businesses or in high-risk environments (like workshops), the roles of a Fire Marshal and Fire Warden are more clearly defined. In such cases, a Fire Marshal is responsible for conducting risk assessments and minimising fire risk in the workplace. A Fire Warden, on the other hand, is responsible for the smooth running of emergency procedures, like evacuations.
To become a Certified Fire Marshal or Fire Warden, you need to attend the half-day Fire Marshal Training Course, as well as passing the simple multiple choice assessment. You will receive your Fire Marshal Certificate upon completing the course.
It does not cost anything additional to receive your Fire Marshal Certificate as it is awarded after your training course.
To renew your Fire Marshal Certificate, you will either need to take another training course or complete the shorter refresher training.
To be eligible for a Fire Marshal (or Fire Warden) Certificate, you need to be at least 16 years old and have completed the necessary training.
Fire Marshal Training covers a range of topics designed to help you understand the extent and importance of your role as Fire Marshal/Fire Warden, as well as to teach you how to keep your work place safe. Some of the content includes Fire safety legislation, common causes of fire, precautions and procedures. The training only takes half a day.
In order to satisfy legislation, you need to receive formal Fire Marshal Training. It will also ensure that you are aware of the extent of your duties as a Fire Marshal.
The number of Fire Marshals or Fire Wardens you are required to have, as specified by the Fire Safety Order 2005, depends on the risk factor of your business and the number of employees that you have. When calculating, factors like time required to search an area, number of staff per floor and how many members of the public are present should all be accounted for. Common practice is to have a minimum of 1 per floor. Don't forget to factor in holidays and sick leave, which means you will need to double this number.
The Fire Marshal Training Course is assessed during the class and has a multiple choice assessment which can vary between training providers. As long as you follow what is being taught and are able to demonstrate what you have learnt, you will be fine.
Fire Training can be completed using e-learning. Although this is not ideal for Fire Marshals, as you are limited when asking questions or practicing procedures. However, if you are seeking to promote Fire Safety Awareness to a large number of staff, e-learning could be a simple solution.
Fire Training is extremely useful to employers and shows that you have taken responsibility at a prevoius work place.
The Fire Safety Order 2005 states that it is the employer's responsibility to provide sufficient Fire Safety to their staff in the form of trained individuals, access to fire extinguishers, fire detection systems and a safe environment with a thoroughly conducted risk assessment. The Fire Safety Order 2005 also instructs that every business must have a designated responsible person. This individual conducts fire risk assessments, plans for emergency situations and communicates procedures to others.
A Fire Risk Assessment examines the level of fire risk in your building and records any action that will be taken to minimise this risk. It is a legal requirement to conduct and regularly update.
Professional Fire Risk Assessors can be brought in to conduct a thorough Fire Risk Assessment. Although not recommended, a Fire Risk Assessment can also be carried out by a designated member of staff. It is important to ensure they are able to satisfy all the criteria to avoid severe fines. It is also worth remembering that your Fire Risk Assessment is an essential part of how you keep your staff safe and should be conducted as thoroughly as possible.