Essential Fire Advice For Business

Pat Johnson and Tony Wenger (right) from the Prevention Department at Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service are running essential fire safety sessions for Shropshire businesses in September. Fire regulations introduced a decade ago apply to virtually all premises and cover nearly every type of building, structure and open space.


Shropshire company bosses are being urged to attend an education seminar at their local fire station to get important information about their legal obligations for fire safety at business premises.

The two hour seminars are being held across the county in September by fire safety officers at Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The events are being run free of charge at fire stations in Ludlow on September 5, Oswestry (September 6); Bridgnorth (September 7); Market Drayton (September 8); Telford Central fire station (September 19) and at Shrewsbury fire HQ on September 21. All seminars start at 10am and 2pm.

People can book online to attend at

Or contact Crew Manager Tony Wenger at Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service on 01743 260200

“Our Protection Department is committed to assisting companies to fulfill their legal and moral obligations in the workplace. Officers will be on hand at the workshops to give advice and information,” said Crew Manager Tony Wenger.

Current legislation introduced by the Government helps safeguard all workplace premises from fire. Details on how companies must comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO)will be outlined at the seminars.

Senior managers will find out exactly what they need to do if a fire safety inspector visits and also hear about “common shortfalls” often experienced during an inspection, said Mr Wenger.

An opportunity will be available to ask more specific questions with inspecting officers at the end of each session.

“This is all about protecting your staff in the event of a fire and ensuring you are able to continue running your business. Many firms never recover after a serious blaze,” he added.

The RRO requires that a “responsible person” in the company must carry out a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment and act on its findings. The fire and rescue service carries out audits at business premises to ensure fire regulations are complied with.

Appropriate fire alarm systems, fire extinguishers, evacuation plans mixed with regular fire drills and employee training were essential in all business premises.

30th August, 2016