Do You Have To Have A Fire Marshal At Work?

Do You Have To Have A Fire Marshal At Work?


“Do you have to have a fire marshal at work?” is a common question. In this article, we answer this question and also explain what the duties of a Fire Marshal are.

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 does not use the terminology fire marshal or fire warden. It talks about the responsible person, which is not the same thing.

Do You Have To Have A Fire Marshal At Work?

The Responsible Person And The Fire Marshal

Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 every employer who occupies a building, regardless of whether they own or rent it, is classed as the responsible person

The duties of the responsible person include establishing emergency procedures and nominating a sufficient number of competent persons to implement those procedures. A competent person is one who has adequate training and experience or knowledge to enable them properly to implement the evacuation procedures.

Therefore a trained fire marshal is required at your work!

Do You Have To Have A Fire Marshal At Work?

The Duties Of A Fire Marshal

Not surprisingly, a Fire Marshal’s main duty is to prevent fires.

The responsible person is actually the duty-holder for everything else. However, they will not necessarily carry out all duties themselves and often the duties are delegated to fire marshals.

These duties generally include keeping the fire log book up to date by carrying out the fire checks required on items such as extinguishers, alarms and lighting, arranging fire drills and fire safety housekeeping checks. Fire prevention is also an important part of the role.

In our Fire Safety courses, we talk more about the duties of a Fire Marshal.

The Type Of Training Required

All employees should receive fire safety training. The training should cover the fire risk assessment, fire prevention and actions to take in the event of a fire. In addition, fire marshal courses should also include training in managing evacuation procedures. Some courses also cover the use of fire extinguishers. Would probably be good to detail the exact relevant course.

The Number Of Fire Marshals Required

The number of fire marshals required should be dictated by the results of the fire risk assessment.

In an office environment, the overall fire risk is likely to be low to medium. Therefore, one fire marshal to every twenty employees would be acceptable. However, this figure will change depending upon the office layout. For example, if you operate over several floors of a building, then each level should have a fire marshal.

You also need to consider:

  • shift patterns
  • holiday cover
  • sickness absences
  • higher risk areas, such as staff canteens

Training Available

Do You Have To Have A Fire Marshal At Work?

Envesca offers the following courses, all of which offer advice and guidance on fire safety responsibilities.

CIEH Level 1 Fire Safety Awareness eLearning
Highfield Level 1 Award in Fire Safety
Highfield Level 2 Award in Fire Safety

If you would like to discuss the various options with our friendly team just give us a call on 01452 898180

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Level 2 Award in Fire Safety

Highfield Level 2 Award in the Principles of Fire Safety (Fire Marshal)

What’s It About?

This Fire Marshal course will give your key fire safety staff the skills, knowledge and confidence to manage fire safety. Effectively managing fire safety in your business will help you to reduce the risk of prosecution.

They will also learn how to ensure fire safety measures and evacuation procedures are in place and effective within your business.

Who Should Attend?

This one day course is ideal for anyone responsible for fire safety in any workplace. For instance:- Fire Marshals, Fire Wardens, Managers, Team Leaders, Heads of Department or Supervisors.

This course is now being delivered by interactive online training via Zoom.

Fire Marshal

Why’s It Important?

Fire Marshal training forms an essential part of your fire safety strategy.  It is also a legal requirement under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

Under these regulations, you have a legal obligation to ensure that any “responsible person” has undergone specific Fire Marshal training. The training will ensure that they are confident to carry out their role.  They need to keep others safe at all times and confidently manage an emergency in the event of a fire.

In other words, if you don’t ensure that your key fire safety personnel are competent to carry out their role effectively then you, your business, your employees and your customers are at risk.

What Will You Gain?

By attending this Fire Marshal course, your employees will have the necessary fire safety knowledge and practical skills required to carry out their duties effectively and confidently.

They will identify and report key fire safety issues and understand the structure and importance of regular fire risk assessments.

Therefore, should they need to tackle a small fire, they will be confident enough to do so and will be able to use fire equipment safely.

What Will It Cost?

We aim to help you make your training budget go further, and we offer a range of cost-effective training options, for example:

Public Courses

Places from as little as £68.75 + VAT per person, taking advantage of all three discounts available.

In-House Courses

Training from as little as £63.75 + VAT per person, based on a group of 12 people

eLearning Courses

Licences from as little as £24.00 + VAT per person, taking advantage of our quantity discounts.

Call us today on 01452 898180 to discover the best option for you.


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