Fire Drills observed by
Fire Risk Consultancy Services

Course Overview

Fire Risk Consultancy Services can provide your business and employees with an opportunity to practice evacuation procedures (Fire Drills) and ensure everyone knows how to exit the building quickly and safely.

Target Personnel

All occupants of the building except those who may need to ensure the security of the premises, or people who, on a risk-assessed basis, are required to remain with particular equipment or processes that cannot be closed down.

Aims & Objectives

Fire drills are an opportunity to practice evacuation procedures to make sure all staff is familiar with them. They get staff used to exiting a building quickly and therefore in a real-life situation panic will be reduced, as everyone will know what they need to do. Fire drills are also useful for testing escape routes to evaluate their effectiveness.


To be undertaken on an agreed date.


Your fire drills will be observed by experienced fire safety consultant(s) who have attended the Fire Service College in Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucester studying the academic disciplines associated with fire safety. The consultant will have completed the requisite fire safety qualifications and have at least 5 years of fire safety enforcement experience working for Local Authority Fire & Rescue Services in the Fire Safety department.


30 minutes to 1 hour approximately.


All staff

To be undertaken on one agreed date

On completion

The consultant & observers will:

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the evacuation procedures,
  • Identify any significant issues that could prevent people from escaping the building safely and effectively,
  • Identify weaknesses in emergency communications procedures and systems,
  • Identifying positive and negative reactions of staff with designated responsibilities such as Fire Evacuation Marshals (FEMs),
  • Share their ideas on how they think the drill could have been more effective.
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Most Frequently Asked Questions

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.

The duration of most fire drills is between 5 and 15 minutes. Drill times can vary from building to building, depending on many factors, such as the speed of evacuation, building size, and fire alarm system resetting.

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.

Our fire evacuation training course is designed for members of staff who have fire drills and evacuation responsibilities in the workplace. The course aims to give employees the knowledge and understanding they’ll need to effectively run fire drills and organise evacuations. Staff will also learn how they can improve their company’s fire drill and evacuation practices for the better.

Fire Risk Consultancy Services can organise and run these drills, acting as independent observers and provide you with a debrief, so you can be sure that you have an effective emergency plan in place. to see how your team reacts under pressure. We observe the drill, analyse it and report back to you with an action plan so you can make improvements.

The evacuation drill should include all employees except those needed to ensure the security of the premises or those who are required to remain with equipment or processes that cannot be closed down. It may also be appropriate to include members of the public. It is best to not inform staff about the drill, as this may not provide a true reflection of their behaviour in an emergency evacuation.

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.