Fire Extinguisher Training Course

Duration 1-2 hours

Last audited 10th February 2023

CPD Approved RoSPA Approved
Fire Extinguisher Training
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  • 100% online training

  • Start when you like

  • Learn on any device (desktop, mobile or tablet)

  • Instant assessment and result

  • 1 learner per course

  • Train teams of all sizes

  • Bulk discounts starting at 10% off 10 courses

  • Learn on any device (desktop, mobile or tablet)

£25 +VAT

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Includes a 10% discount for 10+ courses

This Fire Extinguisher Training course teaches you about the various types of fire extinguishers that may be present in your workplace and how to use them effectively and safely.

You'll learn about the hierarchy of fire prevention, about how fires start, and about the various classes of fires, which each require certain types of fire extinguishers to fight. Furthermore, you'll learn about the importance of assessing the situation to determine whether it’s safe for you to attempt to fight a fire, and you'll learn about the techniques for effectively and safely using each type of fire extinguisher and other fire fighting equipment, demonstrated through a range of illustrations and videos.

100% online training

Access anywhere

Same day digital certificate

Printed certificate posted next working day

Full audio voiceover

Unlimited assessment attempts

Developed by Health & Safety Professionals

Accredited by CPD and assured by RoSPA Qualifications

What you'll learn

By the end of this course, you will be familiar with:

  • The fire triangle and the different classes of fires.
  • The various types of fire extinguishers and fire fighting equipment that workplaces may use.
  • What the responsibilities of employers are regarding fire extinguishers and fighting fires.
  • What the duties are of fire wardens and other nominated employees for fighting fires.
  • Which extinguishers are used to fight certain classes of fires.
  • How to assess the situation if a fire starts and what first steps you should take before you attempt to fight it.
  • How to use the basic PASS method to use extinguishers.
  • When and how to use a fire blanket or fire damping materials such as sand.
  • The specific techniques you must use for certain extinguishers to ensure safety and effectiveness.

Training you can trust

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Module 1: Types of Fires and Extinguishers

Why is fire extinguisher training important, the hierarchy of fire protection, the fire triangle, classes of fire, types of extinguishers, water extinguishers, powder extinguishers, foam extinguishers, carbon dioxide extinguishers, wet chemical extinguishers, and how many extinguishers should workplaces have and what types?

Module 2: Understanding When to Fight Fires

Who may use fire extinguishers in a workplace, what should you do before fighting a fire, determining if it's safe to use an extinguisher, when should you fight fire with a fire blanket, and using fire buckets and sand.

Module 3: Using Fire Extinguishers Safely

Selecting an extinguisher, the PASS technique, basic steps for using an extinguisher, how to use water extinguishers, how to use ABC powder extinguishers, how to use M28 and L2 powder extinguishers, how to use foam extinguishers, how to use carbon dioxide extinguishers, how to use wet chemical extinguishers, how to use a fire blanket, and what to do if you can't put out a fire.

The online assessment is taken on completion of the training material. You will be asked 20 multiple choice questions with a pass mark of 80%. The answers are marked automatically so that you’ll instantly know whether you passed. If you don't pass don't worry! You can take the test as many times as you need with no extra charge.

This course is aimed at those who are nominated by their employers to use fire extinguishers and fire fighting equipment. This includes anyone identified in the fire risk assessment, such as fire wardens, managers, supervisors, and other employees who may have been nominated to fight small, controllable fires.

It can be taken as an introductory course to using fire extinguishers before undergoing practical training, as well as periodic refresher training after receiving practical instruction. Practical training is typically refreshed every 3 years, so this course can serve as a comprehensive refresher in between. It'll solidify the learner's knowledge and build on their confidence to use extinguishers safely in an emergency.

Looking to appoint a designated fire warden or become one yourself? Our Fire Warden Training course provides learners with the necessary knowledge to fulfil this role.

Written by experts

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Neil Murray

Health and Safety Consultant

Neil Murray is a vastly experienced and highly qualified health and safety professional who has held roles such as Senior Health and Safety Executive inspector,  and Principal Inspector for Channel Tunnel construction. He has also held senior roles in an international infrastructure business, a major UK water utility company and a major construction group and provided management consultancy to numerous companies across a wide range of industries. 

Neil has a wide expertise in many sectors, including construction, civil engineering, manufacturing engineering, water and waste utilities, education, heritage sites, public safety, rail construction and operation, transport, marine, waste management, engineering design and industrial and facilities management services. 

Neil is a QSA auditor for RoSPA and also an author of published guidance on health and safety in the construction of the Channel Tunnel, work at height, major project management, and online training courses.

Frequently asked questions

Does this course qualify me to use fire extinguishers?

You should not attempt to use a fire extinguisher unless you have undertaken practical training. This course is designed as an introduction to fire extinguishers before taking practical training or as refresher training in between practical sessions.

Does this fire extinguisher course include a certificate?

Yes - upon completion of your training you'll be able to download a PDF copy of your certificate immediately whilst your formal certificate will be sent by post the next working day.

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