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Fire Responsibilities and advice

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 Dorset Fire and Rescue Service

The Fire Service is holding a number of free information sessions in various areas of Dorset on various dates and would like local business people to come along. This will also be of interest to Village Halls and Community Centres.

We understand that running a business takes a lot of hard work and time to run and that’s all before you have even considered what “other” legal responsibilities you have. SO, over a couple of hours let us help you to gain a better understanding of what you need to do to keep everyone safe and your business “in business”.

Through the session we will provide you with practical advice on how to remove the likelihood of a fire and support and guidance on how to ensure your legal compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

What is the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005?

In England and Wales, if you’re an employer, owner, landlord or occupier of business, you’re responsible for fire safety under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. This legislation ensures people in or around your *non-domestic premises are safe from fire.

What will I gain from coming to the session?

We will be taking a look at the following areas and will also have an open Q&A for those specific questions or queries you may have:

• What your legal responsibilities are under the Fire Safety Order.

• What is a suitable and sufficient Fire Risk Assessment.

• How to reduce the risk of fire.

• What fire alarms, warning and detection systems do I need?

• The importance of protecting the escape routes.

• Which fire extinguishers?

• The importance of maintenance and testing.

• What is an emergency plan?

• Carrying out fire safety checks at shutdown.

• Considering your business continuity plan.

• How to ensure firefighter safety.


Where and when are the sessions?

East Dorset - Tuesday 25 March 10am - 12 noon, Council Offices Furzehill Wimborne BH21 4HN

West Dorset & Weymouth - Tuesday 22 April 2pm - 4pm, Council Offices South Walks Road Dorchester DT1 1UZ

Purbeck - Tuesday 06 May 2014 2pm - 4pm, Council Offices Worgret Road Wareham BH20 4PP

Poole - Tuesday 09 September 2014 10am – 12 noon, Civic Centre Poole BH15 2RU

Bournemouth - Monday 06 October 2014 10am – 12 noon, Town Hall, Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth BH2 6DY

Christchurch - Wednesday 05 November 2014 2pm - 4pm, Civic Offices, Bridge Street BH23 1AZ


How do I book a place?

If you would like to book a place on one of the sessions, please email Emma Turner on with your details, including your type of business clearly stating which event you wish to attend.

Because spaces are limited please ensure you book early. Where possible you will be offered an alternative venue should your original choice be booked up.

For more information please contact Emma on 01305 252785.                              With thanks to DCA for the Information