Nursing Home Fire Safety Manager

Our highly interactive Nursing Home Fire Safety Manager Course will provide learners with a responsibility for Fire Safety Management within a Nursing Home to manage fire safety and meet all fire safety statutory provisions

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. The course will enable you to fulfil your role competently and have suitable support structures in place. The Nursing Home Fire Safety Manager course will help management 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.

Our instructor will detail all the essential duties and roles of a Fire Safety Manager on this course. The roles and responsibilities of a Nursing Home Fire Safety Manager include but are not limited to;

  • Compliance with legislation and ensuring that the centre is sufficiently prepared for emergencies
  • The Fire Safety Policy & Strategy and the Internal Emergency Response Plan’s development and review in conjunction with the Registered Provider and Fire Safety Consultant
  • Liaise with the Fire and rescue service, Deputy Fire Safety Managers and other Department Managers to inform them of the Internal Emergency Response Plan contents
  • Implementation of the Fire Safety Policy & Strategy and the Internal Emergency Response Plan
  • Have an awareness of all fire safety features within the centre and their purpose
  • Requirements for staff and residents living with disabilities regarding their evacuation needs
  • Ensure appropriate staff levels are available regardless of the time of day or night to implement the Internal Emergency Response Plan and consider fire safety requirements to ensure residents’ safety within the centre
  • Ensure appropriate management levels are available to allow decisions to be made regardless of the time of day or night
  • The implementation of a valid fire safety training programme
  • Monitoring the inspection and maintenance of fire safety systems
  • Monitoring and mitigating unwanted fire incidents and reporting fire incidents in line with best practice to the Registered Provider and HIQA
  • Ensure fire procedures are brought to the attention of all staff, particularly new staff members
  • Ensure that the Fire Safety Policy & Strategy and the Internal Emergency Response Plan is available to all staff working in the centre

In addition to management training, Phoenix STS is the only company authorised in Ireland to provide trainer-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?
  • Fire Safety Managers
  • Registered Provider
  • The Person in Charge
  • Clinical Nurse Manager
  • Staff Nurse
  • Senior Care Assistant
  • Maintenance Manager
  • Health and Safety Manager
  • Training, Quality, Accreditation and Risk Managers
  • Human Resources Manager
Pre-Course Requirements
  • English is the language in which training is delivered, and learners must have fluency in English
  • Please let us know if learners have any specific learner requirements
  • The centre is required to provide suitable training areas in line with government guidelines on the management of covid-19
Course Programme
  • Irish Fire and Safety Legislation
  • Health Act 2007 (Care and Welfare of Residents in Designated Centres for Older People) Regulations and the National Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People in Ireland (HIQA)
  • HIQA Fire Compliance Inspection
  • Emergency Management System and Fire Safety Audit
  • Management Responsibilities and the Role of the Fire Safety Manager
  • Staff Training and Record-Keeping
  • Chemistry, Spread and Classes of fire
  • Portable Fire Extinguishers and Fixed Firefighting Systems
  • Fire Detection and Alarm Systems
  • Fire Prevention and Fire Safety with Oxygen
  • Compartmentation, Escape Routes and Fire Doors
  • Fires Involving Clothing
  • Emergency Procedures, Evacuation Types and Phases of Evacuation
  • Nursing Home Fire Practice Drills
  • Fire Safety Signs, Notices and Evacuation Floor Plans
  • Action to Take in the Event of a Fire or on Hearing the Fire Alarm
  • Assisting the Fire Brigade
  • Selection of Appropriate Evacuation Aids
Your Tutor

Paddy McDonnell is the tutor delivering this program, Paddy is a Chartered Engineer, a member of the Institute of Industrial Engineering and Safety Management Systems (C.IIESMS C.Eng), a member of the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management (MIHEEM), the National Fire Protection Association (M.NFPA), the Institute of Fire Safety Managers (M.IFSM), the National Association of Healthcare Fire Officers, the Irish Institute of Training & Development (MIITD), and a graduate member of the Institution of Fire Engineers (G.IFE), and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (Grad. IOSH) and holds an H.Dip. SHWW in Occupational Safety and Health.

He is the current Chairperson of the Ireland Branch of the National Association of Healthcare Fire Officers. I previously have been the Chairperson of the Fire Risk Management Section of IOSH and have sat on the Irish Branch of the Institution of Fire Engineers. He has been a speaker at many events/conferences regarding fire safety management, fire safety risk assessments, audits and evacuation strategies.

Training Methods
  • PowerPoint presentations (the course can be provided by remote learning or face-to-face)
  • Question and answer sessions with workshops
  • A suitable training area in line with government guidelines on the management of covid-19
Assessment

Learners will be required to partake in the course workshops to be deemed competent to hold the role of a Fire Safety Manager

Certification
  • Upon successful completion of this course, learners will receive a Phoenix STS’s Nursing Home Fire Managers Certification
  • There is no set requirement, but it is recommended that refresher training be provided at intervals not more than every three years or where there is a change in work practices resulting in introducing a new fire safety system in the workplace
  • Please note as fire training is non-transferable unless delivered as a public course, this certificate is relevant to the centre in which the training was provided only
Maximum Number of Learners

To facilitate workshops and active engagement by all learners, the course is limited to a maximum of 16 learners

Duration

The programme is delivered over two days, either on-site for nursing home groups or remotely for individual centres

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Fire and rescue services Act: 1981 (as Amended 2003)
  • Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act: 2005
  • S.I. 299: 2007 (Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007)
  • Building Regulations – Technical Guidance Document B (Fire Safety): 2006 – Reprinted Edition 2020 Amendments & Corrections Incorporated
  • Technical Guidance Document F (Ventilation): 2019
  • Building Regulations – Technical Guidance Document M: 2010 (Access for People with Disabilities)
  • How do I determine if the training provided to staff is adequate?I.S. 3218: 2013+A1:2019 (Fire detection and alarm systems for buildings – System design, installation, commissioning, servicing and maintenance & Amendment 1) – NSAI
  • I.S. 3217: 2013+A12017 (Emergency Lighting) – NSAI
  • I.S. 291: 2015 (Selection, Commissioning, Installation, Inspection and Maintenance of Portable Fire Extinguisher) – NSAI
  • I.S. 820: 2019 (Non-domestic gas installations – 3) – NSAI
  • I.S. 10101: 2020 (National Rules for Electrical Installations) – NSAI
  • S.I. 415: – Health Act: 2007 (Care and Welfare of Residents in Designated Centres for Older People) Regulations: 2013 (Health Information and Quality Authority)
  • National Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People in Ireland: 2016 (Health Information and Quality Authority)
  • Assessment Judgment Framework DCOP Guidance: 2018 (Health Information and Quality Authority)
  • Precautions in Designated Centres for Older People: Guidance for Registered Providers and Persons in Charge in discharging their responsibilities under Regulation 28 of the Health Act 2007 (Care and Welfare of Residents in Designated
  • Centres for Older People) Regulations 2013: 2016 (Health Information and Quality Authority)
  • Regulation Handbook: A Guide for Providers and Staff of Designated Centres: 2019 (Health Information and Quality Authority)
  • Fire Safety Handbook a Guide for Providers and Staff of Designated Centres: 2021 (Health Information and Quality Authority)
  • Statutory Notifications Guidance for Registered Providers and Persons in Charge of Designated Centers: 2014 (Health Information and Quality Authority)
  • Emergency Care Research Institute: 2005 (Developing an Effective Fire Drill Program. Emergency Care Research Institute; Healthcare Risk Control).
  • Department of Environment: 1996 (Guide to Fire Safety in Existing Nursing Homes and Similar Type Premises)
  • Fire Safety Risk Assessment Residential Care Premises: 2017 (Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service)
  • HTM (NI Firecode) 84 Fire Risk Assessment in Residential: 2013) Department of Health Northern Ireland)
  • Fire Safety Risk Assessment Residential Care Premises: 2006 (UK Home Office)
  • Practical Fire Safety Guidance for Care Homes: 2014 (Scottish Ministers)
  • HTM 05-03 Operational Provisions Part K – Guidance on Fire Risk Assessments in Complex Healthcare Premises: 2013 (Department of Health UK)
  • HTM 05-03 Part A General Fire Safety: 2008 (Department of Health UK)
  • HTM 05-03 Operational provisions Part F – The Prevention and Control of Arson in NHS Healthcare Premises Second Edition: 2013 (Department of Health UK)
  • Guidelines Chemical Segregation: (HSE UK)

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 so that the risks identified in a risk assessment are either eliminated or reduced to an acceptable level as far as reasonably practicable.

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

Everyone has to have the same right of evacuation in an emergency. The responsibility to ensure this is in place falls upon the person responsible for managing fire safety within the organisation. Within a designated centre such as a nursing home, this responsibility will lie with the Person in Charge (PIC).

Since the amendments of 2003 to the Fire Services Act 1981 and the requirement 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 designated centre such as a nursing home, this responsibility will lie with the Person in Charge (PIC)

Section 11 of the 2005 Act states that employers are required to prepare and revise adequate emergency plans and procedures and provide the necessary measures for fire fighting and the workplace’s evacuation. Consideration for all employees and anyone connected with the workplace must form part of how an employer addresses safety, health and welfare and specifically the provision of emergency access and egress.

Simply put there is NO, the private sector has no legally recognised Fire Warden Instructor course in Ireland

“A person is deemed to be a competent person where having regard to the task he or she is required to perform and taking account of the size or hazards (or both of them) of the undertaking or establishment in which he or she undertakes work, the person possesses sufficient training, experience and knowledge appropriate to the nature of the work to be undertaken”.

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.

Simply put, pre-fire planning is the process of gathering information before a fire or another disaster occurs in order to be prepared to deal with it once it occurs.

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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.