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Fire Awareness

About the course

Brief Description of the Course:

This is a fully online course and requires access to an internet enabled computer or tablet. This course must be taken for access to any of the other SafeSmart Courses. Once students receive the log in details for the programme then they can complete the course at any time and the certificate can be printed off at the end of the course. The course consists of a series of short raining units followed by a quiz. The quiz can be retaken if it is not achieved at the first attempt.

Regardless of the industry you are in or the size of your organisation, by law you should provide effective fire awareness training to all your employees.

This is especially important as there were over 11,000 accidental non-residential fires attended by the Fire and Rescue services in England during 2018/19, with fire accidents being responsible for 1 in every 12 workplace deaths in that year – consistent with recent trends.

And following the provision of fire safety training to employees, all training records should be retained by your organisation and training should be refreshed periodically (we recommend a minimum of once a year) to keep the fire safety knowledge amongst your staff high.

Fire Training

Such fire safety measures are a mandatory requirement under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 section 21, which (in summary) says:

The responsible person must ensure that his employees are provided with adequate safety training (a) at the time when they are first employed; and (b) on their being exposed to new or increased risks because of (i) their being transferred or given a change of responsibilities; (ii) the introduction of new work equipment into, or a change respecting work equipment already in use; (iii) the introduction of new technology; or (iv) the introduction of a new system of work into, or a change respecting a system of work already in use.

It is recommended that this course is retaken at set intervals to ensure knowledge and information remains current.

Entry Requirements: This course is available to all individuals with an internet enabled tablet or computer. The training and assessment is only available in English.

Certification: This course is certified by the CPD certification service.

Course Units:

Legislation – The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 & The Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006 Part 3 of The Fire and Rescue Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 & The Fire Safety Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010.

Fire hazards – How to identify and best deal with fire hazards e.g. fuel sources, fire accelerants or potential ignition sources.

The nature of fire – The different ‘types’ of fire, the behaviour of flames during a fire, and the different elements involved in a fire.

Fire prevention – Company policies, actions, precautions and fire equipment requirements for effective prevention (extinguishers, emergency lights, fire doors etc.).

Legal obligations – Employer & employee responsibilities according to fire safety law, and the legal rights of a Fire Authority Officer (and the HSE) when inspecting your business premises.

Emergency procedures in the event of a fire. Exit routes, assembly points, fire warden duties, and general instructions for all employees.

This course contains test questions and issues a certificate upon completion.


All applicants must complete fire awareness before they can access any further courses. The fire awareness course is free with the first course booked per applicant and must be repeated annually with new bookings. 1 booking = 1 course (regardless of whether this is multiple individuals on one course or one individual on multiple courses.

To book multiple courses please complete the Business Course Booking form. This can be requested through adultskills@myerscough.ac.uk.

Number of bookings per application (business or individual) - Cost

1 - £12

2-9 - £10

10-49 - £8

50+ - £6

Discount is applied per booking and not per company, for example a company/individual booking 15 candidates/courses will pay £8 per course. If they subsequently book a further 6 places, they will pay £10 per course.

Progression: Please see the industry short online training section of the Adult Skills website for our full training offer.

How to Apply:

To apply for this programme, please complete the on-line application form using the links on the right of the factsheet on the website. Alternatively, printed application forms are available from Adult Skills:

Address: Myerscough College, St Michaels Road, Bilsborrow, Preston. Lancashire, PR3 0RY

Telephone: 0800 652 5592

Email: adultskills@myerscough.ac.uk

Website: www.myerscough.ac.uk/shortcourses

Please note that the information provided in this fact sheet was accurate at the date of publication. However, programmes of study are continually being modified and information is therefore subject to change.

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Booking Forms

If you are booking courses as an individual please book and pay through the online system linked to each course website.

If you are booking any courses for multiple employees or are submitting a company booking please use this form.

If you are booking multiple 'Online Short Industry Courses please use this booking form.