The purpose of this course is to make the learner aware of the Regulations and Standards relative to Fire Safety in Apartment Buildings, to understand the difference between Legislation, Standards, Codes of Practice and Guidelines and be aware of the duties and responsibilities of Contractors/Users/Responsible Persons, and the powers and enforcement abilities of the statutory authorities.

Course Modules:

  1. Foundation Module:
    • Overviews the basic principles of Fire Prevention and Life Safety
  2. Legislation Overview:
    • What is Statutory – what is not?
  3. Standards/Best Practice Guides Overview:
    • EN vs. I.S. vs. other Standards
    • I.S.3218
    • I.S.3217
    • Passive Fire
    • Active Fire
  4. Overview Apartment definitions and list areas of concern
    • What types of buildings are we addressing?
    • Building Construction.
  5. Review the issues regarding Passive Fire protection (insulation; Fire Compartmentation, etc. – e.g. Priory Hall and other similar scenarios)
  6. Review the issues regarding Active Fire protection
  7. Documentation and Records Required:
    • Fire Safety Certificate Application
    • Safety File
    • Fire Register
  8. Management Duties & Responsibilities
    • Training
    • Evacuation procedures
  9. Maintenance Obligations
  10. Fire Risk Assessments
  11. Strategic Information for Residents/Owner
  12. Disabled Access Certificate issues.
  13. Awareness & Signage Requirements
  14. Actual Examples / Case Studies / Problems.


Learning Outcomes: Attendees will be able to:


LO1 – Understand the structure of legislation and the relationship with standards and guidelines applicable to Fire Safety in Apartment Buildings.


LO2 – Understand the concept of Legislative vs. Best Practice (Standards/COPs) documents.


LO3  – Understand the implications of structure construction (Timber-frame; Steel frame; Concrete) in respect of management, maintenance and risk.


LO4 – Review the principles of Passive Fire Protection. Understand the potential problems; provide some indicators for problems; suggest possible actions where problems are thought to be possible.


LO5  – Review the issues relating to Active Fire protection: Fire Extinguishers; Fire Hose Reels; Fire Hydrants; Dry and Wet Risers; Access for the Fire Service.


LO6 – Detail the relevant parties involved and their roles and responsibilities in respect of:

    •              Training
    •              Evacuation procedures


LO7 – Review Legislative and Best Practice maintenance obligations.


L08 – Fire Risk Assessments: overview the principles of Fire Risk Assessment. This would be intended purely to educate the attendees into the complexity and objectives of such an exercise.


L09 – Strategic Information for Residents/Owner. What should the occupants be given? How should they be instructed?


L10 – Disabled Access issues. DAC requirements; parking; Refuge areas; etc.


L11 – Signage Requirements.


L12 – Actual Examples / Case Studies / Problems.


Duration: 7.5 Hours (1-day)


Participant Capacity: Maximum 20 – Optimum 15.

Adaptability: This course is presented to meet the needs of a group of learners who are anticipated to have limited knowledge of the subject.


Where groups of learners present who possess higher levels of knowledge then the tutor will be in a position to alter the content of the presentation such that additional information will be presented which will exceed the learning outcomes LO1 to L12. Alternatively a series of more specific follow on courses can be developed to address particular aspects of this overview.


The maximum number of participants indicated is based on a group of learners with limited or no base knowledge.


Availability: Immediate



PCCE Training

Paul Condron, Chartered Engineer,

Registered Consulting Engineer