Fire Extinguisher
Training Course

Course Overview

To provide employees with the basic knowledge and training in the use of the various types of fire extinguishers found in the workplace and give them the confidence and skills required to use them safely and effectively. 

Target Personnel

Employees who have fire extinguishers available to them in their workplace.

Aims & Objectives

To acquaint staff with the practical use and limitations of fire extinguishers and to build confidence in their use.


Classroom-based training making use of PowerPoint presentations and short video clips.

Training is offered within the Clients own premises to minimise costs, disruption, and inconvenience and to maximise the use of the defined delegates time.


Will be undertaken 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 set-up time and 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours presentation approximately.


The number of persons attending training courses is usually restricted to 10 persons so as to maintain the individual and interactional approach and to be able to offer all persons maximum learning opportunities.

Increased numbers can be accommodated, by arrangement and agreement.

To be undertaken on one agreed date


The course covers:

  • The triangle of fire and the theory of extinguishment,
  • The nature of fires, fire classes A, B, and C etc.,
  • Fire extinguisher regulations and legislation. 

Fire extinguishers: 

Different Extinguishers


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Most Frequently Asked Questions

The major piece of legislation governing fire safety in England and Wales is the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. It requires any person who has some level of control in premises in relation to fire safety to take reasonable steps to reduce the risk of fire and to make sure people can safely escape if there is a fire. The first step in fulfilling this legal obligation is the completion of fire risk assessments to identify and understand the risks then to take all necessary actions to remove or minimise those risks as far as possible. An essential part of that will involve identifying all the firefighting equipment needed, including fire extinguishers.

Yes. Article 21 of The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, states;


(2) The training referred to in paragraph (1) must,

(a) include suitable and sufficient instruction and training on the appropriate precautions and actions to be taken by the employee in order to safeguard himself and other relevant persons on the premises;

(b) be repeated periodically where appropriate;

(c) …

Fire extinguisher training is all about ensuring that, in the event of an emergency, the nearest or delegated person is capable of tackling that fire. The longer it takes for the fire to be extinguished, the harder it becomes for it to be tackled by a portable extinguisher.

They’ll know exactly what to do in the moment, and they can tackle the fire without panic. This gives your business, employees and building the best possible chance of surviving a fire in the workplace.

Monthly. The monthly checks should be documented. Also, the fire extinguisher should be inspected and certified annually by a fire protection equipment company.

Check your fire extinguishers gauge, which reads Full / Empty monthly to verify that your fire extinguisher is still full. If the extinguisher’s gauge needle is in the EMPTY area, replace your fire extinguisher immediately.

Every 12 months, you must have your fire extinguishers serviced, referred to as a ‘basic service’. This service should be carried out in accordance with the BS 5036-3 standard and should be conducted by a third party, accredited fire extinguisher technician, with the correct tools, training, and experience.

UK fire extinguisher regulations recommend that extinguishers should be replaced every 5 years, apart from CO2 extinguishers which should be replaced every 10 years.

Exceptions to the rule: if an extinguisher is damaged, discharged or otherwise unable to be used safely, then it should be replaced immediately.


The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

“You must provide clear, appropriate information and instruction (and training where necessary) to your employees”.

Besides it being a legal requirement, having someone who is properly trained on-site means the fire is more likely to be tackled efficiently there and then and won’t spread, causing more damage. It can also help keep people safe. Training in the use of an extinguisher also includes when it’s not appropriate to tackle a fire.