Fire Awareness Training for Schools and Colleges

Course Overview

This course is designed to ensure that staff understand the procedures which need to be followed in the event of fire and to raise awareness of the Importance of fire safety in Schools and colleges.    

Who needs this qualification?

This qualification is specifically targeted at employees working in Schools and Colleges in the public and private sectors.

Why is this training important?

Adequately trained staff will reduce the risk of a fire within the organisation as well as ensuring that if an emergency should occur, that correct procedures are followed to ensure that staff, Pupils/Sudents are not harmed.

Learning outcomes.


Part one is the generic information, which includes the following;


1. Current fire safety legislation

2. The effects of fire on companies

3. The chemical processes that result in fire

4. The causes of fire

5. Effective evacuation procedures

6. Preferable staff / pupil reactions to fire

7. Fire protection methods

8. Fire extinguisher training



Part two is the specific information relevant to your workplace / practices etc.


1. Fire extinguisher locations on your business premises

2. Fire drill and evacuation policies

3. Assessment and recognition of fire risks in your workplace

4. General fire safety methodology and procedures in schools

5. The roles of staff members in the event of fire


Course details.

The Course is 3 Hours duration and will be delivered at your own premises or a convenient off site location. The course tutor Alan Overment has several years experience of training within the NHS and is qualified and accredited as; GradIOSH DipRSA, MIIRSM, MAIRSO, AMIIAI, AIfL.

He is also a member of NASHiCS (The National Association for Safety & Health in Care Services)

Delegates will receive a Handout Pack and Course Outline for use on the day. Delegates will also receive a Certificate of Attendance within a week of the event. All courses are fully evaluated using our own documentation, but in-house evaluation methods can be used if preferred.

Please contact us for a quote.



Fire safety management

Headteachers and other education managers need to manage fire safety in the same way they manage other health and safety issues – by implementing the policies agreed and monitored by the employer (that is, the LA or school governing body). To do this they will usually consult professionals from their LA, their local fire brigade and their insurers.


All workplaces are required by the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997 to have an emergency plan. The plan should include the actions to be taken by staff in the event of a fire, evacuation procedures and arrangements for calling the fire brigade. It is recommended every occupied room has a fire action notice.


Responsibility for fire safety in schools is usually shared between the governing body and the headteacher, and also the local authority. Between them, these bodies must ensure fire precautions at the school comply with all relevant health and safety legislation.

An appointed fire safety manager should have the necessary authority and powers of sanction to ensure standards of fire safety are maintained. The main aims of fire safety management are to

  • minimise the risk of fire
  • protect the means of escape
  • limit the spread of fire.

The main duties regarding fire safety management are to

  • make hazard and risk assessments
  • be responsible for fire safety training
  • produce an emergency plan and put up fire notices
  • conduct fire drills
  • check the adequacy and maintenance of firefighting apparatus
  • consult and implement any recommendations of the local fire brigade
  • conduct fire safety inspections, preferably every term
  • make frequent informal checks to confirm fire safety rules are being followed
  • ensure fire escape routes and fire exit doors and passageways are unobstructed, and that doors open correctly
  • check that fire detection and protection systems are maintained and tested, and records kept
  • ensure close-down procedures are followed
  • include fire safety in the regular health and safety reports to the governing body.

It is useful to keep a fire log book to record essential information such as evacuation procedures, tests on fire fighting equipment, details of training sessions and results of fire drills.