Fire Extinguisher Training: Everything You Need To Know

16th April 2021

Fire extinguisher training and awareness is key to maintaining workplace fire safety.

With this in mind, we have put together this useful blog post to take a deeper look at the importance of fire extinguisher training and what you can expect from a fire extinguisher training course.

Why Is Fire Extinguisher Training Important?

As stated by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, businesses are legally required to nominate a responsible individual to be given a duty of care to ensure the fire safety of their staff.

Once appointed, these competent staff members must carry out a range of fire safety responsibilities such as completing fire risk assessments, implementing and maintaining a fire risk management system and ensuring that essential training, including the use of fire extinguishers, is kept up to date on a regular basis.

Comprehensive Fire Extinguisher Training From Vulcan Fire Training

Our fire extinguisher training course is designed to educate you about a variety of fire safety topics, including how and when to use a fire extinguisher.

Our course is delivered in 90-minute sessions which are split into 1 hour of theory - covering topics such as how fires can develop and spread, the appropriate use of essential firefighting equipment and how to isolate power supplies. The remaining 30 minutes of the session is a practical exercise that involves using water and CO2 extinguishers on a fire simulator.

This highly practical course is environmentally friendly, safe and provides a realistic demonstration of how to correctly operate a fire extinguisher in the event of a fire. Listed below are the key modules covered in the fire extinguisher course:

  • Overview of training requirement in line with current fire safety legislation
  • How fires can develop and spread
  • Assessment of the size of fire which staff can handle with the equipment provided
  • Fire phenomenon such as backdrafts
  • Location of firefighting equipment and a review of when it is appropriate to use this equipment
  • Isolating power supplies to machines and processes
  • Practical firefighting safety rules
  • Using the PASS formula to ensure the safe use of fire extinguishers
  • Practical use of extinguishers on an environmentally safe fire simulator

Who Should Take This Course?

This in-depth fire extinguisher training course is ideal for those with designated firefighting responsibilities. These nominated individuals will benefit from a strong mix of up to date theoretical learning and practical exercises.

Why Take A Fire Extinguisher Course?

Our fire extinguisher training offers a wealth of benefits for our delegates. Upon successful completion you will:

  • Receive the extinguisher & awareness approved certificate
  • Gain a deeper understanding of what causes a fire
  • Develop a greater awareness of how fires can develop and spread
  • Become more fire safety conscious in the workplace
  • Understand the importance of following fire safety procedures within your workplace
  • Learn about the various types of fire extinguisher and what types of fires they are used for
  • Feel competent and confident in tackling small fires within your workplace

How To Book A Fire Extinguisher Course

Our fire extinguisher training courses are delivered in-house at your organisation's premises. The 90-minute training course is suitable for a maximum of 20 delegates and you can schedule up to 3 fire extinguishers training courses in a single day.

Our highly skilled and experienced professional trainers will provide a projector, laptop and screen for the theoretical learning session. We simply require a large training room which is suitable to accommodate the number of participants.

For the practical fire simulation training we require an area of approximately four car parking spaces, this area should be in the open and away from combustibles. Additionally, this area will need to have a flat surface and be located relatively close to the theoretical training room.

To book a fire extinguisher training course for your organisation, please contact our friendly team at If you are interested in viewing our full fire safety training course portfolio, please click here.