Firefighting Equipment Guidelines

Firefighting Equipment Guidelines

In churches the most common types of fire‐fighting equipment are:
  • portable fire extinguishers
  • fixed hose reels
  • fire hoses and hydrants
  • sprinkler systems
  • fire blankets
Portable Fire Extinguishers
The table below sets out the types of extinguishers that may be encountered and their uses. It is recommended that
  • all employees and voluntary workers should be asked to make themselves familiar with these extinguishers and their uses
  • the possibility of providing some basic training for people be sought from the local fire authority
  • enquiries be made of your congregation to establish if any members have had fire warden training and if they can assist the church using their expertise
Fixed Hose Reels
These are wall‐mounted in accessible locations or in a cabinet. They are connected to a constant water supply. They are for use on fires involving ordinary combustibles such as wood, paper, rubbish textiles etc. They must not be used on live electrical equipment.
Fire Hoses And Hydrants
External and internal hydrants are for use only by the fire authority or a qualified fire‐fighting team. Unqualified people must not use them.
Sprinkler Systems
These systems are designed to detect, control and /or extinguish a fire. Sprinkler heads are set off by heat and supply a continuous supply of water onto the fire. The fire authority will be automatically alerted when the system is activated.
There must be a contract in place for the maintenance of the system and regular testing carried out.
Fire Blanket
These are suitable for use on small fires contained in pans, trays etc. they are ideal for use in kitchens for fat fires and the like. They are also ideal to suppress flames when wrapped around a person whose clothing has caught on fire. Blankets work by depriving the fire of oxygen.