It is a legal requirement for the Responsible Person (typically the employer) to appoint one or more competent persons to assist them in implementing preventative and protective measures to minimise the risk of a fire.
A fire Marshal or Fire Warden is a Competent Person that has been appointed to help the Responsible Person meet their legal obligations.
The role of a Fire Warden
It is important to appoint and train sufficient numbers of Fire Wardens to cover all shifts, holidays and hybrid working patterns.
The role to some extent does depend on the nature and size of the premises but typically includes:
- Assisting with the evacuation of the premises in a safe and efficient manner;
- Ensuring all areas of the premises are vacated; and
- Conducting basic fire safety checks in their designated areas.
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Responsibilities of a Fire Warden
Additional responsibilities may also include:
- Assisting with Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEP’s);
- Monitoring areas they work in to ensure good housekeeping and that fire safety equipment is present and working correctly;
- Briefing colleagues on basic fire safety procedures;
- Participating in fire drills
- Assisting with the development and implementation of the emergency plan.
Competency of a Fire Warden
Fire Wardens must be given adequate instructions and training to enable them to carry out their duties effectively, without this, their role is compromised and they may be of limited assistance in a real emergency.
There are an extensive range of courses available with on-online and face-to-face options. A decision will need to be taken as to whether or not Fire Wardens are to tackle small fires, if so, then training in the practical use of fire extinguishers must be given.
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