Flexible online fire safety training from Safety Management (UK) (SMUK) recently proved very useful for a school staff training day.
Beaminster School (Dorset) were the first school to run a staff training event using the new online training package. They made use of an inset day and their IT suite to give staff access to the training course. 70 staff took part in the training exercise which refreshed their knowledge of basic fire awareness and fire extinguishers.
Based on SMUK’s popular practical fire safety training, the course provided instant fire safety training to a large numbers of delegates all at once. The course was accessed from a suite of standard PCs and took each user through the basics of fire safety in the workplace. There was no set time limit for the training, so each candidate progressed at his/her own pace.
Beaminster School is a Voluntary Controlled 11–18 Co-Educational school, with Christian affiliations, accepting students of all faiths and religious inclinations. With origins dating back to the 16th Century, the present school opened in purpose built accommodation in 1963. The main school stands on the edge of Beaminster in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty close to the Jurassic Coast, and provides education for students drawn from a wide rural area.
Brian Gregory, Managing Director, said ‘As a company we have always strived to be at the forefront of technological development in our field. It was a pleasure to work with Beaminster School on this project and to see them making use of the online training system. The ability to provide instantly available fire safety training to vast numbers of their staff can only benefit safety standards. I look forward to seeing the system grow over the coming year.’
David Withers, Deputy Headteacher, Beaminster School, said ‘The online fire safety training programme provides accessible training that allows staff to complete an essential bit of ‘refresher safety training’ at their own pace and at a time to suit them – in school or at home if they prefer. The information is supported by a commentary with photos, videos and simple Q&A slides that ensures you are made to concentrate and absorb this important information! If you want to get all your staff trained/refreshed in the basics of fire safety and don’t want to sit through face to face practical training every year – this is a good option.’