As the UK’s number one fire training provider, we share an exclusive interview with Jon Hughes, Managing Director at UK Fire Training, as we delve into the workplace fire training courses delivered by knowledgeable firefighters, tailored specifically to care homes.

Tell us about UK Fire Training and what you strive to achieve.

As our name suggests, we deliver thousands of fire training courses to businesses and organisations throughout the whole of the UK. Our aim is to safeguard the UK’s workforce from the threat of fire. We do this by educating people on the best methods of preventing fire incidents from occurring in the first place, but also if a fire incident was to occur; how to respond, what to consider and whether to safely engage or not.

“Our training looks at “best practice” in responding to a fire incident.”

As leaders in the health and safety field for almost 20 years, what sets you and your work apart?

One of the things that sets us apart is the fact that we have been delivering training for two decades. In that time, we have acquired a wealth of experience in tailoring courses for a multitude of industry sectors. Our training is delivered by either current serving or recently retired firefighters. We find this complements the training content being delivered and really helps participant engagement. Our trainers will share relevant experiences and can often give good examples from their fire service roles.  

Tell us about the bespoke Fire Marshal & Evacuation in Care Home course you offer.

This is a bespoke course that we have written specifically for care homes using the experience we have gathered in delivering hundreds of courses to care homes. We felt that a generic course wasn’t fit for purpose and was “ticking the box” rather than arming employees with the necessary information specific to them and their roles. We were also keen to offer care home management a course that they could feel confident that their staff were receiving the best possible training allowing them to react effectively if the worst was ever to happen.  

How do your courses help care homes ensure that fire training isn’t just a ‘box ticking’ exercise?

If you look at most other industries, when the fire alarm sounds, 95% of staff will evacuate to the assembly point whilst the fire marshals carry out their duties. In a care home, if a fire alarm sounds you don’t see the same migration to the assembly point as everyone’s attention turns to safeguarding the residents. Effectively turning everyone into fire marshals. Our training looks at “best practice” in responding to a fire incident, using different equipment to aid evacuation, as well as considering progressive rather than full evacuation.

Tell us about the process of the courses, how they work and what a care home receives upon completion.

The course will look at case studies and what has been learned. Combine the theory element with three hands-on practical exercises including using fire extinguishers, evac mats/chairs and walking through a progressive evacuation. Each participant will receive a certificate of attendance.