Fire Drills observed by
Fire Risk Consultancy Services

Course Overview

The fire drill course conducted by Fire Risk Consultancy Services focuses on practicing evacuation procedures to ensure all staff members are familiar with them. The course aims to familiarise participants with exiting a building swiftly and efficiently, reducing panic and improving their response during real-life emergency situations. Additionally, fire drills allow for the evaluation of escape routes to assess their effectiveness and identify any areas that may need improvement.

Target Personnel

The fire drill course is designed for all occupants of a building, excluding those responsible for maintaining premises security or individuals required to remain with specific equipment or processes that cannot be shut down. Everyone else within the building needs to participate in the fire drill to ensure a comprehensive understanding of evacuation procedures.

Aims & Objectives

The primary aim of fire drills is to provide an opportunity for staff to practice and become familiar with evacuation procedures. By simulating a fire emergency, employees can understand the steps they need to take to exit the building quickly and safely. This familiarity significantly reduces panic and enhances the overall effectiveness of evacuation efforts during an actual fire incident.

Fire drills also serve as a valuable tool for testing escape routes and evaluating their effectiveness. By observing participants during the drill, any potential issues or obstacles that could impede a safe evacuation can be identified and addressed promptly.


The training session typically lasts between 30 minutes to 1 hour, providing sufficient time for participants to practice evacuation procedures and receive feedback on their performance. The course delivery ensures that all staff members are adequately prepared to handle fire emergencies.


Fire Risk Consultancy Services employs experienced fire safety consultants who have undergone rigorous training at the Fire Service College in Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire. These consultants possess the necessary qualifications in fire safety and have a minimum of 5 years of experience in fire safety enforcement with Local Authority Fire & Rescue Services. During the fire drill, these consultants observe and assess the evacuation procedures, providing valuable insights and guidance based on their expertise.


The fire drill session typically lasts between 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the size and complexity of the building. This duration allows participants to practice the evacuation procedures thoroughly and engage in post-drill discussions and feedback sessions.


The fire drill course is designed for all staff members within the building. Every employee must participate, as this ensures a comprehensive understanding of the evacuation procedures and fosters a culture of fire safety within the organisation. 

To be undertaken on one agreed date

Upon Completion

The consultant and observers provide a comprehensive evaluation of the evacuation procedures. This evaluation includes:

  • Evaluation of Evacuation Procedures:
  • Identifying Potential Issues:
  • Weaknesses in Emergency Communications:
  • Reactions of Staff with Designated Responsibilities:
  • Improving Drill Effectiveness:
Fire Drills

Fire drills observed by Fire Risk Consultancy Services play a vital role in enhancing fire safety within organisations. By providing an opportunity to practice evacuation procedures, these drills ensure staff familiarity and preparedness during real emergencies. The expertise and guidance of experienced fire safety consultants guarantee a thorough evaluation of evacuation procedures, identification of potential issues, and recommendations for improvement. Investing in fire drills contributes to a safer working environment and protects the well-being of employees.


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Most Frequently Asked Questions

Fire drills are essential for businesses as they allow employees to practice evacuation procedures, familiarise themselves with escape routes, and reduce panic during real fire emergencies. By conducting fire drills, businesses can enhance their overall fire safety preparedness.

All staff members, excluding those responsible for premises security or specific equipment/processes, should participate in fire drills. This ensures that everyone within the building is familiar with evacuation procedures and can respond effectively during a fire emergency.

A fire drill usually lasts between 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the size and complexity of the building, the speed of evacuation, and fire alarm system resetting.

This duration allows participants to practice evacuation procedures adequately and receive feedback on their performance.

During a fire drill observation, experienced fire safety consultants assess the effectiveness of evacuation procedures, identify potential issues, evaluate emergency communication systems, and observe staff reactions and designated responsibilities. They provide valuable feedback and recommendations to improve overall fire safety.

  • Evaluation of Evacuation Procedures

The consultant assesses the effectiveness of the evacuation procedures practiced during the drill. They evaluate the participants’ adherence to the established protocols and identify any areas that require improvement or adjustments. This evaluation helps refine the evacuation procedures to enhance overall fire safety.

  • Identifying Potential Issues

During the fire drill, the consultant and observers pay close attention to identifying any significant issues that could hinder people from safely and effectively escaping the building. This could include obstacles in evacuation routes, ineffective signage, or inadequate emergency equipment. Addressing these issues promptly ensures the safety of building occupants in real emergency situations.

  • Weaknesses in Emergency Communications

Effective communication is essential during a fire emergency. The consultant and observers assess the communication procedures and systems in place, identifying any weaknesses that may impede the dissemination of critical information. By rectifying these weaknesses, organisations can ensure timely and accurate communication during emergencies.

  • Reactions of Staff with Designated Responsibilities

In organisations with designated Fire Evacuation Marshals (FEMs) or staff members assigned specific responsibilities during fire emergencies, the consultant and observers evaluate their reactions and performance. This assessment helps identify areas where additional training or support may be necessary, ensuring that these individuals can fulfil their roles effectively.

  • Improving Drill Effectiveness

The consultant and observers share their insights and recommendations on how the fire drill could have been more effective. This feedback includes suggestions for enhancing evacuation procedures, addressing potential issues, and improving overall fire safety protocols. Implementing these recommendations strengthens the organisation’s readiness for fire emergencies.

To make fire drills more effective, organisations can implement the recommendations provided by fire safety consultants. These may include refining evacuation procedures, addressing potential issues, strengthening emergency communication systems, and ensuring staff with designated responsibilities are well-prepared. Regular drills and continuous improvement efforts contribute to increased effectiveness.

They are a practice run of a fire alarm being activated and everyone leaving the premises in a calm and timely manner, to ensure safety.

They also present an opportunity to re-think and test your procedures so that you can make any tweaks that you consider necessary. If the configuration of your internal space changes this can influence how people evacuate. If you get new equipment this can also change the evacuation process. If you employ anyone with assisted mobility requirements, this will almost certainly change your processes. Always better to be safe than sorry!

Ideally, you should aim to have two fire drills a year at your premises, although this may vary depending on what has been set out in your company’s risk assessment. If you employ shift workers, appropriate arrangements should be made to ensure all staff participates in at least one fire drill per year.

Yes. Fire drills must be carried out at least once a year. It is good practice not to announce fire drills so you get a realistic idea of how effective your fire evacuations plans are. Everyone must participate in the fire drill. You should record the result of each fire drill in your fire logbook.

Arguably the most important aspect of the Emergency Plan is for everyone to know the evacuation procedure. And that’s where practiced Evacuation Drills come into their own.

Evacuating the premises safely and effectively is paramount in the event of a fire and the procedure should be familiar to all employees and easily followed by visitors.