And finally, not all fire strategies are the same
As we have already stated, there are no legally binding definitions of what your fire strategy contains. However, we have seen that they are prepared in various formats and levels of detail.
What you will notice is when you tender for your fire strategy that, you will most likely end up with several different fire strategies. Going with the cheapest strategy that simply ticks the boxes is never a good idea. In these instances, they will probably be lacking in detail and depth.
You must be mindful that these are not simply evacuation plans or fire safety policies.
As you can imagine, a fire strategy is complex and must be tailored to the organisation’s needs and the building. It must consider all aspects of the building’s fire safety, including:
- Compartmentation strategy
- Means of escape
- All other fire safety features and measures
The leadership team will also need to review it to ensure that it is fit for use and, as we have said, not just a box-ticking exercise.
We also recommend that as well as covering what we have shared in this article, it should also cover the principles in PAS 911, “Fire strategies – guidance and framework for their formulation”, which, whilst technically withdrawn, remains the only central framework guide to producing suitable strategies.
What if we don’t implement the right fire strategy?
The answer could have unimaginable consequences. Work with Ligtas to create your best fire strategy that will build trust, improve safety, demonstrate excellence and add to your brand reputation.