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Fire Marshal information


Click here for more information on our Fire Marshal Course and to download our current Fire Marshal Course brochure.

Our fire marshal training course is an interactive half day fire training course designed to provide your fire marshal and your fire marshal deputies with sufficiently detailed fire safety information on the role of the fire marshal as well as other relevant fire safety information. This interactive half day fire training course is suitable for fire wardens, fire marshals, fire marshal deputies, managers, supervisors and any member of staff that has specific responsibilities towards fire safety.


By the end of the fire marshal training course your fire marshal and your fire marshal deputies will be able to:

  • State their responsibilities as fire marshals
  • Describe how fire spreads and the different types of fire extinguishers and the appropriate use
  • Explain relevant fire safety procedures and why they are implemented
  • Define the importance of evacuation plans and how fire marshals should ensure they are followed in the event of a fire
  • Detail the action that fire marshals should take upon discovery of a fire
  • Describe how fire marshals can identify and manage risks
  • Explain human behaviour and what can be expected when in
  • danger
  • Detail the importance of and the required actions of fire marshals in fire drills and
  • with record keeping
  • The significant findings of your fire risk assessment (if required)

How many Fire Marshals do I need?

  • The selection of a Fire Marshals depends upon a number of factors. The person best suited to be a Fire Marshal will volunteer, and will have:
  • good reliability and communication skills
  • an aptitude to gain new skills and willing to attend Fire Marshal

Number of Fire Marshals required

We have produced a guide to assist you in working out how many Fire Marshals you require.

Risk Category

Number of Employees

Suggested Number of Fire Marshals

Low Risk

e.g. shops, offices etc

Fewer than 50

50 - 100

At least 1 Fire Marshal

At least 2 Fire Marshals, with additional Fire Marshal for every 100 employed

Medium Risk

e.g. food processing, warehouses, light engineering etc

Fewer than 20

20 - 100

More than 100

At least 1 Fire Marshal

At least 2 Fire Marshals, with additional Fire Marshal for every 75 employed

High Risk

e.g. construction, chemical manufacture, dangerous machinery etc

Fewer than 15

15 - 50

More than 50

At least 1 Fire Marshal

At least 2 Fire Marshals, with additional Fire Marshal for every 50 employed

The numbers given in the table are what we suggest attend fire safety training as a minimum. However you should take into consideration of the following:

  • Leave - you should provide suitable fire training and cover, including when a Fire Marshal is away on annual leave and any other planned times.
  • Shift Work - you should have adequate fire training and cover for each of your shifts
  • Large Sites - a Fire Marshal should be available in each area
  • Lone Workers - suitable fire training and cover should be provided
  • Floors - Adequate fire training and cover should be factored in if you operate on more than one floor
  • Mobility - additional arrangements must put in place for those may have problems with mobility or be in the latter stages of pregnancy.

In addition to this, you should always refer to your Fire Risk Assessment to help guide you. Additionally, do take in to consideration the safety and welfare of non-employees, such as visitors, customers and contractors. If you have not carried out a fire risk assessment or your fire risk assessment is due for review, please click her (link to fire risk assessment page)

All fire marshal course attendees will be provided with a fire marshal certificate.

Contact us or E-mail info@activefiremanagement.co.uk for more information on our Fire Marshal Course and to download our current Fire Marshal Course brochure.

For further information about Active Fire Management’s fire risk assessment, fire consultancy, fire training course please email info@activefiremanagement.co.uk or call us on 08700 672757. Our staff will be pleased to hear from you and discuss any specific fire risk assessment or