Nursing Home Fire Safety Manager Course

Enrol in our Nursing Home Fire Safety Manager Course and gain essential skills to ensure fire safety in healthcare settings. Led by expert Fire Safety Engineers, this comprehensive training is designed for those with no prior fire safety knowledge, equipping you with the tools needed to protect lives and comply with all relevant fire safety regulations.

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Nursing Home Fire Safety Manager Course

Welcome to Phoenix Safety Training Services, a leading authority in fire safety for Ireland’s nursing home sector. Our Nursing Home Fire Safety Manager course is crafted to address the unique challenges faced by Irish residential care facilities. Step into the crucial role of a Nursing Home Fire Safety Manager with our comprehensive training. This course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to handle all fire safety matters within a nursing home. No prior fire safety experience is required, as you’ll have access to expert advice from a Fire Safety Engineer. This programme emphasises emergency evacuation procedures, fire hazard assessments, and strict adherence to Ireland’s Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) fire safety standards, ensuring high preparedness and safety. The course may also qualify you for membership in the Institute of Industrial Engineers & Safety Management Systems (IIESMS) as a Certified Healthcare Fire Safety Manager (CHFSM.IIESMS)

What Sets Us Apart?

Our Nursing Home Fire Safety Manager course offers an Ireland-specific focus, with tailored training that understands and addresses Irish nursing homes’ unique fire safety needs. Our course aligns with Ireland’s HIQA standards (HIQA – Fire Precautions (Regulation 28) and ensures your facility complies with the latest fire safety regulations. Emphasising practical skills, our course prepares staff in nursing homes for real-world scenarios, ensuring they are well-equipped to handle fire safety effectively.

Course Relevance to HIQA Regulations

Our course will empower you to perform your role competently, backed by robust support structures. Our course aligns with HIQA – Fire Precautions (Regulation 28) and the “Fire Safety Handbook a Guide for Providers and Staff of Designated Centres” published by HIQA on 18 Sep 2023.

Importance of Nursing Home Fire Safety Manager Training

Enhance your expertise in fire safety with our Nursing Home Fire Safety Manager course, designed to ensure the safety of everyone in the nursing home, from residents to visitors. Staff knowledge and training in reducing fire risks and implementing fire procedures are crucial. Our course covers the identification of potential hazards and the effective management of emergencies. You will learn the importance of daily awareness of fire safety measures, including regular checks of fire alarms and safety equipment, alongside structured emergency training. Our comprehensive programme ensures staff are proficient in fire prevention, detection, and swift evacuation processes. By fostering a culture of safety and preparedness, our training aims to significantly reduce the risk of fatal incidents and enhance overall safety in the nursing home. Additionally, we incorporate the latest fire safety technologies and methodologies, ensuring your team is equipped with up-to-date knowledge and skills.

Comprehensive Emergency Management Systems

Our Nursing Home Emergency Management Systems cover all facets of fire safety, health & safety, and emergency management in nursing homes. We believe in a tailored approach to ensure your staff can handle emergencies effectively.

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Course Aims and Objectives

Our comprehensive Fire Manager’s course is essential for those overseeing fire safety in nursing homes. This course is designed to ensure the safety of staff, residents, and visitors by providing in-depth theoretical knowledge and skills in fire safety management. Key elements of the course include:

  • Comprehensive Fire Safety Training: Equip your healthcare management team with the theoretical knowledge needed to handle fire emergencies effectively. Our training covers fire prevention strategies, hazard identification, and understanding the latest fire safety technologies, boosting your team’s confidence in managing fire safety.
  • Safety for All: Ensure the safety of staff, residents, and visitors through rigorous training that prepares Fire Managers to respond swiftly and efficiently in the event of a fire. This training emphasises the development of comprehensive safety plans and protocols.
  • Emergency Evacuation Skills: Train Fire Managers in the theoretical aspects of safe evacuation procedures. This includes detailed planning and coordination to ensure staff are prepared to lead and assist residents and visitors during fire emergencies. Although the course does not include live practice sessions, it provides essential knowledge on the use of evacuation equipment and the execution of evacuation drills.
  • Consistent Fire Safety Procedures: Maintain and reinforce consistent fire safety procedures throughout the nursing home. Our course emphasises the importance of regular checks on fire alarms and safety equipment and adherence to daily fire safety measures. Managers will learn how to implement and monitor these procedures effectively.
  • Regulation Compliance: Our training ensures your facility complies with HIQA – Fire Precautions (Regulation 28). The course is meticulously aligned with the latest HIQA standards, providing you with the security of meeting regulatory requirements and best practices in fire safety. Managers will gain a thorough understanding of these regulations and how to ensure ongoing compliance.

Target Audience

Our Fire Safety Manager course is designed to cater to the needs of key personnel involved in managing and implementing fire safety within nursing homes. This advanced course is ideal for:

  • Registered Providers: Ensure compliance with fire safety regulations and standards while overseeing your facility’s overall fire safety strategy.
  • Person in Charge (DON): Acquire advanced knowledge and skills necessary to manage fire safety effectively, including the development and execution of fire safety policies and emergency response plans.
  • Fire Safety Managers: Specialised training to oversee all aspects of fire safety, from risk assessments and policy development to emergency management and compliance with regulations.
  • Clinical Nurse Managers (CNM): Learn to integrate fire safety practices into clinical operations, ensuring the protection of patients and staff during fire emergencies.
  • Staff Nurses: Enhance your understanding of fire safety principles to support fire safety initiatives and respond effectively during fire-related incidents.
  • Maintenance Managers: Develop expertise in maintaining and monitoring fire safety systems, ensuring all equipment is operational and complies with safety standards.
  • Health and Safety Managers: Expand your knowledge of fire safety management and its integration with overall health and safety protocols within the facility.
  • Training, Quality, Accreditation, and Risk Managers: Equip yourself with the tools to implement effective fire safety training programmes, ensure quality and accreditation standards are met, and manage fire-related risks proficiently.
  • Human Resources Managers: Understand the critical importance of fire safety training and policies, ensuring that staff are adequately prepared and trained for fire emergencies.

This course is tailored for individuals in leadership and management roles responsible for ensuring fire safety and regulatory compliance within their facilities. By addressing a diverse audience, the programme provides a comprehensive approach to fire safety management, covering all aspects from strategic planning to practical application.

Pre-Course Requirements

To ensure participants can fully benefit from the Fire Safety Manager course, the following pre-course requirements must be met:

  • English Fluency: English fluency is a fundamental requirement for effective communication during the training. Participants must be able to understand, speak, read, and write in English to engage fully with the course material and participate in discussions.
  • Basic Fire Safety Knowledge: Learners should understand the general principles of fire safety at a level expected when completing a Nursing Home Fire Safety Training Course. This foundational knowledge is crucial because this programme does not cover basic fire safety principles. As a management course, it focuses on advanced fire safety management concepts, regulatory compliance, and strategic implementation rather than introductory fire safety topics.

Course Programme

Our Fire Safety Manager course provides a thorough and advanced education designed for those in managerial roles responsible for fire safety in nursing homes. This course ensures that participants gain a deep and comprehensive understanding of fire safety, focusing on theoretical knowledge and practical application. Key components of the course include:

  • Legislation and Standards Compliance:
    • In-depth understanding of Irish Fire and Safety Legislation: Gain expert knowledge of the various fire safety laws and regulations applicable in Ireland, including a detailed examination of the Health Act 2007.
    • HIQA Standards: Study the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) standards in detail, understanding how to apply these standards to ensure compliance in nursing homes.
    • Regulation Compliance: Learn how to align fire safety practices with the latest HIQA regulations and other relevant standards, ensuring that your facility meets all legal requirements.
  • Fire Safety Management:
    • Roles and Responsibilities: Understand the critical roles and responsibilities of a Fire Safety Manager, including the creation and maintenance of fire safety policies.
    • HIQA Fire Compliance Inspection: Prepare for HIQA inspections with an in-depth understanding of the inspection process and how to ensure your facility is always ready for an inspection.
    • Emergency Management Systems: Develop and implement effective systems tailored to your nursing home’s needs, ensuring a swift and organised response to fire emergencies.
  • Risk Assessment and Prevention:
    • Fire Risk Assessment (PAS 79: 2020): Study the methodology of PAS 79: 2020 fire risk assessments, learning how to identify potential fire hazards, assess risks, and implement preventative measures.
    • Fire Prevention Techniques: Gain practical knowledge of fire prevention strategies, including minimising risks through regular maintenance, staff training, and adherence to best practices.
  • Practical Fire Safety Skills:
    • Fire Detection Systems: Learn about the different types of fire detection systems, how they work, and the best practices for maintaining them.
    • Use of Fire Extinguishers: Receive detailed training on the various types of fire extinguishers, including which to use for different classes of fire and the correct techniques for operation.
    • Understanding Fire Chemistry and Spread: Study fire science, including how fires start, spread, and can be controlled. This includes understanding the fire triangle and the stages of fire development.
  • Emergency Response and Evacuation:
    • Evacuation Procedures: Develop comprehensive evacuation procedures tailored to different emergencies. Learn the importance of clear communication, efficient evacuation routes, and safe assembly points.
    • Practice Drills: Conduct and evaluate practice drills to ensure staff are well-prepared for emergencies. Learn how to coordinate drills, assess performance, and implement improvements.
    • Use of Evacuation Equipment: Train on using various evacuation tools and equipment, ensuring that staff can safely evacuate all residents, including those with mobility challenges.
  • Additional Skills:
    • Fire Safety with Oxygen: Understand the specific fire safety considerations when using oxygen in healthcare settings, including storage, handling, and emergency procedures.
    • Fire Doors and Compartmentation: Learn about the role of fire doors and compartmentation in preventing the spread of fire and smoke and how to ensure these systems are properly maintained and functional.
    • Actions to Assist the Fire Brigade: Develop skills to effectively assist the fire brigade during an emergency, including providing critical information, supporting firefighting efforts, and ensuring a coordinated response.

Our Tutors

Our Fire Safety Manager course is delivered by highly experienced fire engineers who bring extensive expertise in fire safety training within a healthcare setting. Our tutors are the backbone of our programme, offering:

  • Comprehensive Understanding of Legislation and Emergency Management: Our tutors ensure you grasp the intricacies of fire safety laws and emergency management strategies.
  • Development and Implementation of Fire Safety Policies and Emergency Response Plans: Our course equips you with the skills to create and execute robust fire safety policies and emergency response plans tailored to your facility’s needs. This practical knowledge is a direct benefit of our training.
  • Liaising with Crucial Safety Personnel and Departments: Learn effective communication and coordination with key safety personnel and departments to enhance fire safety.
  • In-depth knowledge of Fire Safety Features and Evacuation Needs: Understand the specific fire safety features and evacuation requirements for protecting nursing home residents.
  • Effective Management of Fire Safety Training and System Monitoring: Master managing fire safety training programmes and continuously monitoring fire safety systems.

Our fire engineers, who are members of esteemed professional bodies such as NAHFO, IFE, IOSH, IIESMS, IIRSM, IHEEM, and L&DI, deliver our Fire Safety Manager course. They are also qualified as People Moving and Handling and Evacuation Equipment Instructors and are Infection Control and Safeguarding Adults Qualified, ensuring you receive the highest quality of education. Additionally, all our fire engineers have achieved a minimum level of recognition with the Institute of Industrial Engineers and Safety Management Systems (IIESMS) at the Fire Engineer (FEng.IIESMS) level, further ensuring the excellence and reliability of our training programmes.

Training Methods

Our Fire Safety Manager course is designed to provide a thorough understanding of fire safety management, explicitly tailored for nursing homes. This advanced course combines theoretical knowledge with practical workshops to ensure comprehensive learning and effective application in real-world scenarios.

PowerPoint Presentation

In-Depth Theoretical Component: The course begins with an extensive PowerPoint presentation that delves into various critical aspects of fire safety management. Topics covered include:

  • Fire Safety Legislation and Compliance: A detailed analysis of Irish fire safety laws, Health Act 2007 regulations, and HIQA standards. Understand how these regulations impact nursing home operations and the necessary steps to ensure compliance.
  • Fire Prevention Strategies: Explore advanced fire prevention techniques and best practices for mitigating fire risks in nursing homes. Learn proactive measures to prevent fire incidents and ensure the safety of residents and staff.
  • Emergency Management Systems: Gain knowledge about developing and implementing robust emergency management systems, including incident response protocols and crisis communication plans. Understand the importance of a well-coordinated response during emergencies.
  • Fire Risk Assessment (PAS 79: 2020): This is a comprehensive study of the methodology of the PAS 79: 2020 fire risk assessment. Learn how to identify, evaluate, and manage fire hazards effectively, ensuring a safer environment for everyone in the facility.

Question-and-Answer Sessions

Interactive Engagement: Each presentation segment is followed by an interactive question-and-answer session. This allows participants to:

  • Clarify Doubts: Ask questions and seek clarification on complex topics. This ensures a clear understanding of critical concepts and practices.
  • Engage in Discussions: Discuss with peers and experts to gain deeper insights and share experiences. Collaborative learning enhances the overall understanding of fire safety management.
  • Practical Insights: Receive detailed answers and practical advice from experienced fire safety engineers who bring real-world experience. These insights help bridge the gap between theory and practice.


Hands-On Learning: The course includes workshops translating theoretical knowledge into practical skills. These workshops are crucial for understanding how to apply fire safety principles in real-world scenarios.

Assessment and Certification

Our Fire Safety Manager course provides an in-depth theoretical foundation and practical skills to ensure participants are well-prepared to manage fire safety in nursing homes. On the second day, the assessment process, conducted entirely within the course, evaluates participants’ understanding and application of the material.

  • Workshops
    • Hands-On Workshops: Throughout the course, participants engage in practical workshops designed to enhance their understanding and demonstrate their capabilities as Fire Safety Managers. These workshops cover:
      • Fire Safety Policy Development: Discuss creating and refining fire safety policies tailored to specific facilities. While participants will not develop these documents during the course, they will gain the knowledge necessary to ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements and best practices.
      • Emergency Response Planning: Participants will engage in workshops discussing developing and implementing detailed emergency response plans. These sessions include mock drills to simulate real-life fire emergencies, helping participants understand how to coordinate and execute these plans effectively. Document development is not part of the course assessment.
      • Fire Risk Assessments: Discuss comprehensive fire risk assessments based on PAS 79: 2020 guidelines. Participants will learn to identify potential hazards, evaluate risks, and discuss mitigation strategies, though they will not produce assessment documents during the course.
      • System Monitoring and Maintenance: Practical discussions on monitoring and maintaining fire safety systems, such as alarms, sprinklers, and evacuation routes. Participants will understand how to ensure these systems remain operational and compliant but will not be assessed on related documents.
  • Open Book Assessment
    • Participants will complete an open-book assessment on the second day of the course. This assessment tests their knowledge and understanding of fire safety legislation, emergency management, fire prevention techniques, and practical application skills.
  • Certification
    • Phoenix STS Training Certificate: Upon completing the course and the open-book assessment, learners will receive the esteemed Phoenix STS Training certificate. This certification attests to their expertise and readiness to be Nursing Home Fire Safety Managers.

Ongoing Proficiency

  • Refresher Training: To ensure ongoing proficiency and up-to-date knowledge, we advise that participants undertake refresher training every three years. This helps them stay current with fire safety legislation, standards, and best practice changes.
    • Introduction of New Fire Safety Systems: We also recommend refresher training whenever new fire safety systems or technologies are introduced in the workplace. This ensures that Fire Safety Managers remain competent and confident in managing all aspects of fire safety.
    • Continuous Improvement: Our commitment to continuous improvement means that our training content is regularly updated to reflect the latest advancements in fire safety, providing participants with the best possible education and training.

Maximum Number of Learners

The course is limited to 20 learners to ensure active engagement and in-depth understanding. This setting promotes effective participation and interaction during the theoretical workshops, which are crucial to the training. These workshops provide an invaluable opportunity for nursing home managers to discuss and explore fire safety concepts in a focused, collaborative environment, enhancing their ability to manage fire safety effectively in their facilities.


Our Nursing Home Fire Safety Manager Course offers a comprehensive 11 hours of training spread over two days, excluding breaks and lunch times. This immersive learning experience ensures that participants thoroughly grasp the theoretical aspects of fire safety management.

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