White Minibuses

5 Steps to Safety

Fire Evacuation Course

 
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Our 5 Steps to Safety course teaches practical skills to avoid vehicle fires and candidates learn what to do in order to safely evacuate passengers if a fire breaks out.

The 5 steps to safety use’s classroom based and practical training. It covers how to recognise the common causes of fire, how to reduce the risk of a vehicle fire, when and how to use a fire extinguisher and how to safely evacuate a vehicle using the 5 steps to safety.

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What To Expect

This course is mostly practical with some theory at the start and lasts approximately 3 hours.


Candidates are always surprised how much longer it takes to evacuate a vehicle full of smoke compared to one without smoke in it. So, a safe evacuation routine is established through training.

Trainers use a smoke machine to simulate a real fire in the vehicle and use different scenarios, to try to make it as real as possible.

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It is common knowledge that for a fire to start there must be 3 elements.


This is often referred to as the FIRE TRIANGLE :

  • Oxygen

  • Heat

  • Fuel


Oxygen will always be present and some fire extinguishers work by replacing the oxygen with another gas that won't support fire eg. Carbon dioxide, Halon (however neither of these should be used in vehicles or other confined spaces and Halon has now been banned)

Heat can be generated by faulty wiring, starter motor, battery, sparks, and incorrect fuses


Fuel: The heat can be fuelled by liquids like petrol, oil, brake fluid, hydraulic fluid, de-icer The structure of the vehicle can play a big part as well for example upholstery, paint, plastics, rubber and fibreglass.