Nursing Home Fire Safety Procedures

The Nursing Home Fire Safety Procedures is a highly interactive fire safety awareness training course designed for all staff working within a residential care setting; independently of the course, staff are certified for completing fire drills

The Nursing Home Fire Safety Procedures Course is 80% practical and is designed for all residential care facility staff, and 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.

Independently of the fire safety awareness course, staff are assessed when completing timed fire drills to demonstrate compliance with Regulation 28 Fire Safety (HIQA) and the guidance contained within “Fire Safety Handbook a Guide for Providers and Staff of Designated Centres” published by HIQA in January 2021.

Staff members’ knowledge and training concerning fire risk reduction, fire precautions and fire procedures are of paramount importance to the safety of everyone in the centre. While staff training is key to their knowledge and competence in emergencies, it is also equally important in their day-to-day awareness concerning fire safety in the centre. Providing staff with information on fire prevention and evacuation procedures will support them if a fire occurs. Equally, failings in the adequacy of staff training can have potentially fatal consequences for residents and staff themselves. The Nursing Home Fire Safety Procedures Course will ensure the Person in Charge (PIC) and Registered Provider meet their stature obligation concerning staff fire safety training

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 staff safety and encourage maximum participation in all nursing home fire drill procedures.

Where staff require additional training after completing the Nursing Home Fire Safety Procedures Course, we also offer a Nursing Home Fire Safety Manager Training Course: As the Nursing Home Fire Safety Manager, you will be a focal point for all fire safety matters within the Nursing Home. The role does not necessitate the duty holder to possess fire safety competencies provided that they have sufficient access to competent fire safety advice from a Fire Safety Consultant. This course will enable you to fulfil your role competently and have suitable support structures in place within the centre.

In addition to management training, Phoenix STS is the only company authorised in Ireland to provide train-the-trainer courses on the full range of “Ski” evacuation products and the Elite Emergency Evacuation Chair.

In the day-to-day management of a Nursing Home, we know how important it is to have a streamlined Fire Safety, Health & Safety and Internal Emergency Management Plan in place to ensure residents and staff’s comfort, happiness, and safety. Our nursing home emergency management systems cover all aspects of fire safety, health & safety and emergency management, including training courses to ensure your staff have the necessary knowledge and equipment to respond quickly and effectively in the event of an emergency. When it comes to safety, we don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach.

We’re proud to offer a range of systems to cater to your nursing home’s specific needs.

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Course Aims
Course Objectives
Who Should Attend This Course?

This fire safety awareness course is intended for all staff working within a nursing home

Pre-Course Requirements
  • English is the language in which training is delivered, and learners must have fluency in English
  • Learners should wear appropriate clothing for an interactive and practical course
  • Please inform the Instructor of any medical condition that you may have if you feel relevant to the training and, in particular, the practical work
  • Staff must be trained in manual handling to practice operating portable fire extinguishers for module 3
  • Staff must be trained on people moving to practice operating evacuation aids for module 4; where you are not trained in people moving, the senior clinical person will advise you on how you can assist at the time of the incident
  • The centre is required to provide suitable training areas in line with government guidelines on the management of covid-19
  • The centre will be required to supply equipment on-site for this training, profiling bed, including bed linen
Course Programme

Module 1 – Fire safety classroom presentation
Module 2 – Walk and talk fire safety orientation
Module 3 – Practical use of fire extinguishers
Module 4 – Practical evacuation aid training

Independently of the course, staff will be assessed on timed fire drills to demonstrate their ability to evacuate a resident to a place of temporary safety within a timely manner

Our Tutors

Our tutors are well experienced in providing fire safety information within a healthcare setting. They will outline the staff’s duties and roles in preventing fire and what actions are necessary to respond to a fire within a nursing home. All our tutors hold a minimum;

  • Minimal QQI Level 7 in their subject matter or higher
  • Train-the-Trainer QQI Level 6 or higher
  • People Moving Instructor Qualified
  • Evacuation Aid Instructor Qualified
  • Infection Control and Safeguarding Adults Qualified
Training Methods
  • Bespoke PowerPoint presentations (the theory element of the course can be provided by remote learning or face-to-face) followed by question and answer sessions
  • Demonstration and practice with portable fire extinguishers and evacuation aids.
  • The section of the course the deals with the demonstration and practice of evacuation aids requires a suitable training area in line with government guidelines on the management of covid-19

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

  • Upon successfully completing the Nursing Home Fire Safety Procedures Course, learners will receive a Phoenix STS Training certificate
  • The certificate will be valid for one (1) year
  • Please note as fire training is non-transferable, this certificate is relevant to the centre in which the training was provided only
Maximum Number of Learners

As the fire safety awareness course is predominantly skill-based, it is limited to 12 learners; this allows adequate time for practice and demonstration with the skills modules of the course


With a maximum of 12 learners (mixture of clinical and non-clinical staff), the course duration is approximately 3 ½ 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 Instructor
  • Evacuation Aid Instructor
  • Infection Control Trained
  • Safeguarding Adults Trained

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)
  • Fire Safety Handbook a Guide for Providers and Staff of Designated Centres (Health Information and Quality Authority)
  • 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)

Fire Industry Association of Ireland

About Us

Phoenix STS Ltd t/s Phoenix Safety Training Services provides bespoke first aid, health and safety, fire safety training, and consulting services countrywide to meet our client’s needs. By offering a systematic professional approach through the integration of theoretical and practical tailored programmes, incorporating your training policies and organisational goals, we guarantee compliance and ensure a safer working environment. We also offer a wide range of  RoSPAIATPIFEIIRSM & CPD approved courses; and have a retail business sourcing and supplying specialist evacuation and training equipment.