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Fire Wardens FAQs

Most workplaces should have at least one fire warden. Discover more about their roles and what they do with our FAQs.

  • Do I need a fire warden at work?

    Businesses need a fire warden or marshal, the number of which must be appropriate to the size of the company.

  • Do you need training to be a fire warden?

    All employees acting as fire wardens need to receive at least basic training.

    Complete CPD approved training now.

  • What does a fire warden do?

    A fire warden looks after all elements of fire safety in the workplace, including the emergency plan, fire drills, risk management, etc.

    Learn more about the roles and responsibilities of a fire marshal/warden here.

  • How do you become a fire warden?

    Businesses usually ask for volunteers to be fire wardens and basic training is usually then provided at an official fire service training centre in the form of a one-day course.

    You can also complete training online here.

  • How long does fire warden training last?

    Once you have undertaken fire warden training, you receive a certificate that needs to be renewed with refresher training every three years.

  • How many trained emergency wardens should be in a workplace of 100 workers?

    Generally, it is advised to have one warden for every 20 people, so in a workplace of 100 people, five wardens would be required.

  • How often should fire warden training be carried out?

    Fire warden training needs to be carried out every three years.

  • Is fire warden training mandatory?

    All appointed fire wardens need to have fire warden training every three years.

  • What are the duties of a fire warden?

    Fire wardens need to be responsible for the emergency plan at a workplace, manage risks, raise awareness of fire safety, lead fire drills and ensure all workers are accounted for after an evacuation.

    Find out more about fire wardens/marshals and their responsibilities here.

  • What does fire warden training involve?

    Fire warden training involves learning about legislation, causes of fire, how to prevent fires, how to conduct fire drills and basic extinguisher training.

  • What is fire warden training?

    Fire warden training is the necessary training required for all fire wardens, where they learn the basics of fire safety and how to be responsible for emergency procedures.

    Complete CPD approved fire marshal and warden training here.

  • What is the difference between a fire warden and a fire marshal?

    For most businesses, there is little difference between the roles, but at more complex workplaces, both will be needed. The fire warden is responsible for searching and clearing the premises, while the fire marshal is responsible for checking that everyone (including the warden) is at the assembly point.

    Find out more about the differences between the roles here.

  • What is the main responsibility of a fire warden?

    The main responsibility of a fire warden is to make sure that everyone gets out of the workplace in the case of a fire or emergency.

    Find out more about the main responsibilities of the roles here.

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