Fire Marshal Training

Posted on: 26 Nov 2018

The waste and recycling industry saw a 93% rise in facility fires in the first 4 months of 2018, with Lithium-ion batteries, warm-dry weather and larger stockpiles of recyclables cited among the causes.

The sheer combustibility of materials destined for recycling means it’s impossible for waste businesses to take too many fire precautions and the McGrath Group are doing just that through completing specialist Fire Marshal training to safeguard their London MRF, staff and visitors to the site and local community.

Over 25 employees were involved in this practical, half day training session; ensuring there is always someone available to react should a fire occur in their MRF which operates 24/7. The training focused on the practical actions of tackling a fire but also the duties of the nominated Fire Marshals to:

  • Take appropriate and effective action if a fire occurs
  • Ensure that escape routes are available for use
  • Identify hazards
  • Ensure that the alarm has been raised
  • Evacuate all from the area involved
  • Check that any staff or visitors with disabilities are assisted
  • Fight the fire if it is safe to do so

McGrath’s MRF is split out into concrete bays to segregate waste and over 50 fire detection/cctv cameras are in full time operation to further manage any potential fire risk at their facility.