Fire wardens perform a vital role in ensuring a business’s preparedness in fire emergencies, and so should not be underestimated. Fire wardens contribute necessary risk control measures to prevent or control fire hazards and emergencies in workplaces effectively. Thus, business owners or companies must choose their fire wardens wisely.

A fire warden’s seven top responsibilities:

  • Assist

Fire wardens must help and assist in the implementation and improvement of effective emergency procedures in the workplace. They should also ensure the proper execution of these emergency procedures.

  • Monitor 

Fire wardens must monitor and evaluate fire risk control measures’ adequacy to help prevent emergencies within a designated workplace.

  • Raise awareness

The fire wardens must fully explain and help educate employees about the importance of workplace emergency preparedness and the existing fire hazards in the workplace. 

  • Instruct

The fire wardens must conduct seminars or training of employees and other staff to respond in emergencies.

  • Lead

The fire wardens must perform fire drills and real evacuation procedures. Fire wardens should become familiar with their designated building’s escape routes and exits. If an evacuation occurs, a fire warden must lead everyone to vacate the building premises using all appropriate and accessible routes and exits. He helps in isolating the fire by closing doors after successfully evacuating people on the way out.

  • Ensure 

They must ensure that all workers and employees get accounted for during an evacuation procedure. The fire warden also guides everyone to the assembly area and checks that everyone has arrived safely.

  • Help

The fire wardens must help and assist everyone in the workplace in case of an emergency. People with special needs require immediate attention in case of an evacuation or an emergency crisis occurs. Once the fire alarm sets off, fire wardens should help in the safe evacuation of workers and visitors in the workplace immediately and ensure that they cleared the designated area. 

Fire wardens should exercise full authority in conducting an evacuation, and workers must recognize the warden’s authority. They also perform a regular check on fire exits and make sure that these exits remain clear at all times.  

The Australian Standard 3745-2010 Planning for emergencies in facilities requires an established emergency control organization or committee and a chief and deputy fire wardens’ appointment for a facility.

High-risk businesses need higher risk control measures that entail more fire wardens in the workplace. Medium to large companies may require a chief warden and several deputy wardens for the entire workplace. On the other hand, small businesses may need only one warden to supervise and manage an evacuation emergency. Employees and work staff should also know how to respond to a crisis when fire wardens become unavailable. 

Companies should ideally perform evacuation drills at least once a year and every six months if possible. High-risk workplaces must also conduct evacuation drills frequently.

Needing your staff to conduct Fire warden training?

Platinum Safety can offer you the option to either come and train at our safety training centre located at 2/6 Weld Street Prestons NSW 2170 or we can travel out to your location and conduct the training onsite at your workplace.

All our trainers are professional firefighters with Fire & Rescue NSW. Let us show you how to keep your workplace safe during an emergency!! Your choice between non-accredited or nationally recognised training units:

PUAWER005B: operate as part of an emergency control organisation.

PUAWER006B: lead an Emergency Control Organisation

PUAWER008B: contain small workplace emergencies (fire extinguisher)

Contact Platinum Safety for all your fire warden training requirements now!

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