In the UK there are no legal guidelines that differentiate between the roles.
Both are a designated civilian who has been delegated the role of added responsibility within their workplace. Ultimately it depends on your workplace whether you need either a fire marshal, a fire warden or both.
It is important to look at your fire safety requirement from a sensible point of view.
If you have small business premises then you will need a 'appointed person' or 'deputy' to sweep their defined area in the case of the fire and make sure all staff are removed from this area - without putting a larger risk on themselves. The title of Fire Warden or a Fire Marshal is unimportant, they are essentially the same role. With larger sites with more than one assembly site, this is where the role of Fire Marshal or Fire Warden may need to be split. The Fire Warden will need to make sure the premises is cleared and that they are the last person out of the building. The Fire Marshal should go to the fire assembly point and manage the evacuation from outside the building. They should ensure that everyone is accounted for once outside the building and that they account for the Fire Marshals too.
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What are the responsibilities of a fire warden?
- Assisting in creating fire emergency & evacuation plans
- Making sure that all of the buildings fire doors are in correct working order
- Having good fire safety practices at work
- Taking appropriate action to fires and remaining calm in case of a fire i.e. fighting fire with the appropriate extinguisher or evacuating people from the building
- Doing fire risk assessments
- Undertaking company-wide fire drills and then deciding if any actions need to be taken as a result.
- Make sure that the equipment has been correctly installed, is in working order and readily available.
- Monitoring general fire safety at all times.