According to statistics, only 13% of building occupants know how and when to use the right type of fire extinguisher for different fires. The statistics are worrying as far as safety in the workplace goes if you consider that most businesses never fully recover from a fire incident. For this reason, any company that prioritises employee safety must have fire wardens among its staff. Selected employees must receive fire warden training from experienced fire protection service providers. The training can be in-house or at a service provider's facility. While you are guaranteed quality training in both cases, in-house training offers more benefits. Here is why.
Business facilities are different and thus affected differently by fire. For instance, handling a fire outbreak in a multistory facility is different from a ground-level facility. Similarly, controlling fire in a building with steel framing is different from one with wood framing. Therefore, if fire warden trainees undertake the course at a service provider's facility, they will only receive a general approach to identifying and controlling fire risks. However, in-house fire warden training allows trainers to customise the course to suit the workplace's prevailing conditions. For example, if a facility has narrow corridors, the training might only focus on evacuating occupants in case of a fire incident.
Large Pool of Volunteers
It is important to note that a fire warden representative is a voluntary position, not forced. Therefore, the more volunteers a business has, the better. However, some factors can affect the number of volunteers that enrol in a fire warden training course, and the venue is one. For instance, training conducted outside the workplace facility will likely receive a few volunteers since the commute might interfere with most employees' work schedule. However, if the same training is carried out in-house, staff do not have to worry about their work. The reason is that they can finish their tasks and walk to a fire warden training room in a matter of minutes.
Fire protection service providers charge a fee for the course. The amount charged depends on various factors such as the number of trainees, venue, and learning materials. Fire warden training at a service provider's facility is more expensive because they provide everything to trainees. For example, fire extinguishing equipment, a mock-up facility, and reading materials are provided. On the other hand, the items are readily available at a client's premises, making in-house fire warden training cheaper. For instance, rather than bring their fire extinguisher to the training, a service provider will use the ones at a client's facility.