Fire wardens in high rise buildings

MQT on 2019-02-25
Session date: 
February 25, 2019
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Please state a) the minimum standards for staff numbers, training and experience for fire wardens in high rise buildings with interim fire safety procedures that require a full simultaneous evacuation due to Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding or othewise, b) which authority is responsible for ensuring compliance with these standards, and c) how many times these standards have been breached?


Fire wardens in high rise buildings

Fire wardens in high rise buildings

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Responsible Person (RP) is required to seek advice from a relevant ‘Competent Person’ to implement interim measures in their building, including the provision of a waking watch where required. MHCLG/NFCC guidance sets out considerations regarding numbers for waking watches and actions they should take in the event of a fire but the final determination is bespoke to each building. This is guidance rather than regulation.

It is the RP’s responsibility to ensure the interim measures are maintained. London Fire Brigade has initiated ‘unannounced’ visits by station-based crews to check these arrangements. Where issues are found they are followed up by fire safety officers.