Nursing Home Fire Safety Procedures Course

The Nursing Home Fire Safety Procedures Course is a highly interactive fire safety awareness training course designed for all staff working within a residential care setting. Independent of the course staff are assessed completing fire drills.

The Nursing Home Fire Safety Procedures Course will provide learners with the knowledge on the procedures to be followed in a nursing home in the event of an outbreak of fire, including the use of evacuation aids such as Ski Evacuation Sheets and Ski Pads. The course also trains staff on the safe use of portable fire extinguishers. Independent of the course staff are assessed completing timed or compartment fire drills.

Evacuation training is conducted using our evacuation aids; this ensures your equipment is not damaged when staff are training on evacuation procedures. Rescue training dummies are used for the safety of staff and to encourage maximum participation in all drills.

The course is conducted in accordance with the:

  • Fire Services Act of 1981
  • Fire Safety in Nursing Homes (Department of Environment and Local Government)
  • Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act
  • National Quality Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People (Health Information and Quality Authority HIQA)
  • Regulation Handbook (A Guide for Providers and Staff of Designated Centres) (Health Information and Quality Authority HIQA)
  • HTM 84 Fire Risk Assessment in Residential Care Premises (Northern Ireland) (Department of Health U.K.)
  • Fire Safety Risk Assessment Residential Care Premises (Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service)
  • Practical Fire Safety Guidance for Care Homes (Scottish Ministers)
  • Fire Safety Risk Assessment Residential Care Premises (HM Government)

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Course Aims
Course Objectives
Who Should Attend This Course?

All staff working in a Nursing Home

Pre-Course Requirements
  • English is the language in which training is delivered, and learners must have fluency in English
  • The learner must have a current certificate for people moving and handling for practical use of evacuation aids
  • Non-clinical staff require a current manual handling certificate
  • Please let us know if learners have any specific learner requirements
Course Programme

The course is 80% practical and delivered over three modules

  1. Bespoke fire safety classroom presentation
  2. Practical use of fire extinguishers
  3. On unit fire safety familiarisation and practical evacuation training with evacuation aids
Our Tutors

All our tutors have completed:

  • Train the Trainer QQI Level 6 or higher
  • People Moving & Handling Instructor Course
  • Evacuation Aid Instructor Course
  • Infection Control Course
  • Safeguarding Adults Course

The tutor working with your staff is experienced in healthcare fire safety and will detail all the essential duties and roles of staff within a residential care setting.

Training Methods
  • Bespoke classroom-based power-point presentation
  • Question and answer session
  • Demonstration and practice
Assessment

The course assesses learners with question and answer sessions, in the safe use of evacuation aids, and the correct selection and use of portable fire extinguishers.

Certification

1 Year

Maximum Number of Learners

This course is predominantly practical and is limited to 12 learners

Duration

3.5 Hours

Frequently Asked Questions

Key Attributes

  • Copy of public and professional indemnity insurance (both insurances must indicate cover for the service offered)
  • Copy of safety statement and risk assessments
  • Evidence of turnover
  • Valid tax clearance certificate
  • Resource allocation table with the proposed training staff
  • Relevant and proven fire safety knowledge and experience
  • At least three (3) years’ experience in Fire Safety Training (examples of training within a healthcare environment)

Educational and professional qualification

  • CV for each tutor that will be providing training
  • Train the Trainer QQI Level 6
  • People Moving & Handling Instructor
  • Evacuation Aid Instructor
  • Infection Control Training
  • Safeguarding Adults

Quality / Presentation / Knowledge

  • Structure, content and methodology of courses
  • Proposals concerning delivering a quality service and resolving any service quality issues
  • Detail of each training type content and delivery
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of the following:
  • Legislation, codes of practice, and guidelines
  • Fire risk assessment processes
  • Fire safety management, fire drills and the fire safety register
  • Number of trainers available to service the contract
  • Reputable and established company with a proven track record

Since the amendments of 2003 to the Fire Services Act 1981, and the requirements of the Safety Health and Welfare At Work Act 2005 the Fire Service is no longer obliged to provide a “complete evacuation service” for premises placing the onus upon the person with responsibility for the management of fire safety within the organisation. Within a nursing home, this responsibility lies with the Person in Charge (PIC).

Everyone has to have the same right of evacuation in an emergency, and the responsibility to ensure this is in place falls upon the person having the responsibility for the management of fire safety within the organisation. Within a nursing home, this responsibility lies with the Person in Charge (PIC).

Under Section 19 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, every employer shall identify hazards, assess risks and have a written risk assessment, including any unusual or other risks. A training programme must be delivered that as far as reasonably practicable, the risks identified in a risk assessment are either eliminated or reduced to an acceptable level.

  • Health Act 2007 (Care and Welfare of Residents in Designated Centres for Older People) Regulations 2013; (Regulation 28)
  • Fire Services Act 1981 (2003)
  • Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005
  • General Application Regulations 2007
  • Fire Safety in Existing Nursing Homes and Similar Type Premises
  • HTM 84 Fire Risk Assessment in Residential Care Premises
  • Fire Safety Risk Assessment Residential Care Premises
  • Practical Fire Safety Guidance for Care Homes
  • Residential Care Premises – Practical Fire Safety Guidance for Care Home