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The importance of fire safety training

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For fire safety measures to be as effective as possible you need trained representatives within your workforce to implement and uphold them. Training arms certain employees with the knowledge and skills to direct, guide and advise their colleagues during a fire emergency – helping to protect people and property. 

In this article, we’ll take you through what fire safety training is, what the courses include, and how the team at ASCO can assist you. 

What is fire safety training? 

Fire safety training ensures that key, elected employees are given the practical skills and theory they need to understand fire safety risks, equipment, procedures and policies. Fire safety training can be general, covering the basics for your whole workforce – or it can be more specialised and in-depth when training fire wardens. 

Fire wardens are appointed from your workforce to guide their colleagues to safety in the event of a fire – they are required by law under the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005. These chosen wardens will require thorough fire safety training to ensure they have the skills and knowledge to be trustworthy leaders in a fire event or fire drill. 

Why is fire safety training important? 

  • Ensures all staff are up to date with fire safety procedures and legislation
  • Trains up required fire wardens in compliance with Fire (Scotland) Act 2005
  • Enhances the safety of everyone in the business 
  • Refreshes and updates existing knowledge 
  • Can help employees spot fire risks early and react appropriately 
  • Avoids life-threatening mistakes being made during a fire emergency 

What do the courses include? 

Our fire safety courses can include the following to varying degrees, depending on whether the fire safety training is more general or for fire wardens. Subjects cover: 

  • A full overview of the key pieces of fire safety legislation
  • Fire safety awareness, which will include the main causes of a fire and means of escape
  • Fire-fighting, which includes key information such as fire classes, combustion and fire spread
  • Training on the different fire extinguisher types and their uses 
  • Some practical training on portable fire extinguisher operation

By the end of the fire warden training from ASCO, we should have armed your chosen fire safety wardens with the knowledge and skills to: 

  • Implement and improve emergency procedures
  • Understand fire risk control
  • Be able to spot and highlight potential fire hazards
  • Understand and be able to deliver fire drill and evacuation procedures 
  • Assist ‘at risk’ individuals 

To find out more details about what fire safety training involves, simply enquire with our friendly team who will be glad to advise. 

How can ASCO help you? 

Here at ASCO, we’re leading specialists in fire prevention and protection. As part of our comprehensive services, we offer professional fire safety training which is delivered by our fully trained and certified experts. This way, you can rest assured that participants get the full training they need to protect both people and property in accordance with fire legislation. 

Get in touch to discover more about how ASCO can help your business’ fire safety. We serve a wide area of Scotland, including Edinburgh, Glasgow and Midlothian. 

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