Nursing Home Fire Safety Procedures Course
This course is 80% practical and is designed for all residential care facility staff.
The Nursing Home Fire Safety Procedures Course provides learners with the necessary knowledge to respond quickly and effectively in the event of a fire, including the use of evacuation aids such as Ski Evacuation Sheets and Ski Pads, as well as the safe use of portable fire extinguishers.
Please note: Evacuation training is conducted using our evacuation aids to ensure your equipment is not damaged by staff practising evacuation procedures. Rescue training dummies are also used for the safety of staff and to encourage maximum participation in all drills.
Independent of the course, staff are also assessed while completing timed or compartment fire drills.
We also offer a wide range of additional safety resources, including:
- Nursing Home Fire Safety Manager Training Course: A 2-day course that ensures your facility’s fire safety manager is trained to conduct an emergency evacuation in the event of a fire.
- Emergency Management Systems: A range of systems tailored to your nursing home that combine training, documentation and safety services, complete with easy payment plan options.
All nursing home staff
- Fluency in English
- A current People Moving and Handling certificate
- A current Manual Handling certificate for non-clinical staff
- Please let us know if learners have any specific learner requirements
- Module 1 – Bespoke fire safety classroom presentation
- Module 2 – Practical use of fire extinguishers
- Module 3 – Walk and talk fire safety orientation
- Module 4 – Practical evacuation training with evacuation aids
Our tutors are experienced in healthcare & fire safety and will detail the essential duties and roles of all staff within a residential care setting.
- Minimal QQI Level 7 in their subject matter or higher
- Train the Trainer QQI Level 6 or higher
- People Moving & Handling Instructor Course
- Evacuation Aid Instructor Course
- Infection Control Course
- Safeguarding Adults Course
This course is 80% practical and is taught through:
- Bespoke PowerPoint presentations (the theory element of the course can be provided by remote learning or face-to-face)
- Question and answer sessions
- Demonstration and practice
Learners are assessed on the safe use of evacuation aids and the correct selection and use of portable fire extinguishers, as well as through question and answer sessions.
This course is predominantly practical (80%) and is limited to 12 learners
Frequently Asked Questions
- 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)
- 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)
- Fire Safety Handbook a Guide for Providers and Staff of Designated Centres (Health Information and Quality Authority)
- 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 (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)