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Fire Protection Association

What we do

The Fire Protection Association (FPA) is the UK's national fire safety organisation and we work to identify and draw attention to the dangers of fire and the means by which their potential for loss is kept to a minimum.

The FPA has a range of services to assist organisations meet fire safety requirements - from training courses, to guides, video and resources, to consultancy work - we can help ensure buildings comply with fire safety law both pre and post construction.

About us

Health and safety legislation requires the 'responsible person' to ensure the safety of all occupants of public buildings and workplaces.

Schools and educational premises differ from other premises in that they are required to provide a safe learning environment for children and young people that are not accompanied by their parents or guardian. Therefore both fire and security are important considerations - not only must the children/students remain safely on the premises, but outsiders or potential intruders must be kept off the premises. There can be conflict between the requirements for evacuation in the event of a fire and keeping occupants and premises secure.
The physical and mental maturity and mobility of the children will cover a wide spectrum and may also include individuals with a wide range of physical disabilities and/or special needs.

Schools are often designed and built to minimise costs whilst providing an adequate level of fire safety for the occupants. This can result in minimal fire compartmentation within the building which, in effect, promotes the spread of smoke and fire should a fire start.

There may be inherent fire risks, for example:

  • ignition sources in science laboratories and metal workshops;
  • cooking facilities in domestic science areas and kitchens;
  • high fire loads in lockers, cloakrooms and resource areas and stores;
  • readily ignitable material on notice boards and displays in class rooms and assembly areas;
  • waste paper and material which has been segregated for recycling and is susceptible to deliberate ignition; and
  • plastic or wooden chairs and tables - whether stacked at the back of the hall or dining room or set out for assembly or examinations - may also present large fire loads.

We can help with your legislative requirements

The FPA has been helping educational organisations manage their fire safety responsibilities for over 60 years. We can help you meet your legislative requirements in the following ways:

We offer a collection of resources which offer education professionals practical advice on fire safety, including:

  • Fire safety in schools DVD
  • Fire safety in schools Training Information Pack (TIP), includes:
    • a PowerPoint presentation;
    • quiz;
    • certificate; and
    • accompanying trainer handbook.
    • Fire safety in schools DVD
  • Fire safety checklists and books

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We can help with your fire safety training

If your staff require fire safety training, there is no more experienced organisation to provide them with the skills they need. Courses include:

Email for more information on our courses.

We offer consultancy options

The FPA can offer a number of consultancy options to help organisations meet their legislative requirements. Options include:

Fire safety strategy advice, including:

    • Evacuation plans
    • Risk assessments
    • Supplier management
  • 3rd Party sprinkler system inspection (comply with BS EN 12845)
  • Fire Risk Assessments

If you require more information on our consultancy service please

Become an FPA member

Membership of the FPA starts at £135 per year. It allows you to access free advice and resources from the FPA and 10% discount on the above service.

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