Fire Marshal FAQs

Our fire marshal FAQs detail frequently asked questions and tailored answers related to fire safety in the workplace.

What is the difference between a fire marshal and a fire warden in the UK?

There is no difference between a fire marshal and a fire warden. They are two names for the same role.

Can fire warden training be online?

Yes. Praxis42 Fire Marshal (Fire Warden) Training has been designed by respected fire safety consultants with a background in firefighting. The course is IOSH and CPD Approved and provides you with the comprehensive knowledge you need to carry out your role with confidence.

Is it a legal requirement to have fire warden training?

Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, employers must provide an employee with ‘adequate fire safety training…in order to safeguard himself and other relevant persons on the premises.’

All employees must be provided with basic fire safety training, but fire marshals have additional responsibilities and so they require additional training to be able to effectively safeguard others.

In addition, the Order states that employers must appoint one or more ‘competent persons’ to assist in undertaking preventative and protective measures. A ‘competent person’ is defined under the Order as someone who ‘has sufficient training…to enable him to properly implement the measures’.

How often do fire marshals need training?

Training should be refreshed at least every three years, so knowledge is fresh in a fire marshal’s mind, and they are able to carry out their duties competently.

If there are changes to staff, procedures, or the premises then every employee should receive fire safety refresher training, including the fire marshal.

Why is fire marshal training important?

Fire marshal training is essential for ensuring workplace safety and compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

By equipping fire marshals with the skills to prevent and respond to fire emergencies, training significantly reduces the risk of injury, property damage, and fatalities.

Fire marshals play a crucial role in implementing fire safety procedures, conducting regular inspections, raising awareness among colleagues, and effectively evacuating occupants in an emergency.

Can anyone be a fire marshal?

Anyone can be trained as a fire marshal. However, employers should consider the responsibilities and skills involved when choosing someone for the role.

Why become a fire warden?

Becoming a fire warden is an opportunity to play a pivotal role in maintaining workplace safety and protecting lives in the event of a fire emergency.

Fire wardens are trained to identify and mitigate fire hazards, conduct regular inspections, and ensure compliance with fire safety regulations.

By assuming this responsibility, you not only contribute to the overall safety culture of your workplace but also develop valuable skills in emergency response, leadership, and communication.