All workplaces are required to have a responsible person for fire safety. This person (or persons more than one trained person is preferable) is also known as a fire warden or fire marshal.
The fire warden has a certain number of duties and responsibilities, all of which require proper fire marshal training to be undertaken beforehand. The role entails:
- Having good general fire safety awareness
- Checking fire fighting equipment regularly and identifying anything that is damaged or in need of maintenance
- Ensuring all escape routes are clear of obstructions at all times
- Making sure all mandatory fire notices and signs are in place and that they are legible and in good condition
- Knowing the location of the fire assembly point and also details of evacuation procedures
- Knowing how to alert people to fire, direct them to exits and call the fire brigade
- Knowing how to open all escape doors
- Being well informed on the working practices and standards for the safe use of flammable materials
- Incident reporting
As part of your fire safety awareness training, you may also learn about how to properly conduct a thorough fire risk assessment on your workplace.