Fire Marshal training
By Sophie Holmes, Hereford Services Coordinator
For those of you who have not met me, I am Sophie Holmes and I have recently been appointed as the new Services Coordinator in Hereford. Part of my new job meant that I was required to become a Fire Marshal. So, training completed I will share my words of wisdom…
On the 16th October, the morning began on time (give or take 5 minutes) with coffee, water or herbal tea in hand. The trainer, Keith Gwilliams, introduced himself and began talking about fire safety and the law, as well as illustrating how fast a fire can spread by showing some videos. This was shocking! A fire can spread in anything from 5 – 90 seconds, depending on what is fuelling it, so we all need to be vigilant. It was clear we should never prop open fire doors with fire extinguishers or any other form of ‘wedge’ as fire doors keep a fire contained and prevent it spreading.
After the break, the training resumed, with discussions about the different types of fire extinguisher, what they can be used on and how to use them. We did the same with a demonstration of the fire blanket – cover your hands when using it.
Throughout the training we learnt that it is the responsibility of the Fire Marshal to help keep everyone safe, evacuate and extinguish the fire if necessary (only if it can be done.) If in doubt get out! The Fire Marshal will normally be the person in charge until the fire service arrives.
Overall, it was a good morning spent with a variety of Deaf Direct staff and volunteers, and some people from external companies. Donna Rubin and Debra Berbezier were fighting their colds to interpret!