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Fire & Safety School: Protection Foundation (IFE Approved)

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Course Overview

Fire & Rescue Service (FRS) operational personnel will regularly attend premises and come into contact with occupiers during their routine duties. Some are also tasked with conducting simple Fire Safety Checks within premises to which the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 applies. It follows that personnel should be competent in fire safety matters in accordance with relevant National Occupational Standards. This course has significant organisational benefits for operational efficiency, Firefighter and public safety and enables students to acquire the basic underpinning knowledge and skills to successfully complete fire safety checks within a range of different premises.

Additionally, business owners and managers have a statutory responsibility to keep their premises, staff, customers and visitors safe from fire. This can be a daunting prospect for people with little or no familiarity or experience in these matters. The Protection Foundation course provides a solid foundation of core and essential fire safety knowledge which can be applied in the workplace. It enables owners and managers to recognise their fire safety responsibilities and to manage their premises more effectively in relation to statutory fire safety requirements. Additionally, the delegate will gain a valuable insight into the working practices and ethos of fire and rescue service’s fire safety inspections.

This comprehensive and assessable course consists of two phases, each four days long.

In addition, a Fire & Rescue Service can purchase a license to deliver this course in-house, using their own training staff. Full details of the licensed course package are available upon request.

Who is this course for?

Initially created for whole-time and retained duty Firefighters, Crew and Watch Managers who are tasked with conducting or supervising simple fire safety checks within premises, this course is also beneficial to people who work in the private sector and who have fire safety responsibilities at supervisory or managerial level. This foundation course is not intended for people who are already knowledgeable or experienced in fire safety matters. It is pitched at a basic foundation level and provides an easy to understand introduction to the world of fire safety.

Course requirements

  • Minimum age of 18
  • Qualified firefighter (FRS only) or Supervisory/Managerial staff with Fire Safety responsibility
  • Physically fit

Course content

Phase One:

  • Introduction to the course and fire safety
  • Introduction to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
  • Means of escape, including some aspects of building construction, residential and nursing care, people with disabilities, and nightclubs and similar venues
  • Dangerous conditions

 Phase Two:

  • Active and passive fire precautions
  • Fire alarms and detection
  • Emergency escape lighting
  • Fire fighting equipment
  • Fixed installations and sprinklers
  • Introduction to fire engineering
  • Introduction to fire risk assessment
  • Practical skills for fire safety checks

Assessment & certification

Each phase of the course is assessed by means of a closed-book exam. Phase Two also requires the delegate to produce a satisfactory fire risk assessment. Both phases must be successfully completed to pass the course.

Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue Services Training Academy holds an ISO 9001 Quality Certificate, so every aspect of this courseIFE-Logo_small’s design, implementation, on-going maintenance and customer satisfaction is dealt with under our quality management system (QMS).

In addition, in recognition of our quality standards, the Institute of Fire Engineers (IFE) has awarded the Training Academy the status of Recognised Training Provider. This particular course has been audited by the Institute of Fire Engineers and has been accredited as an Approved Course.


8 days total, divided into 2 x 4 day phases for flexibly spaced sequential delivery.

Course Price

£950.00 per delegate including lunch. Accommodation is not included. All prices exclude VAT. 

Course Code


There are no dates currently set for this course. Please contact us for more information on 01392 444773