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Fire Safety Training

Legislative Requirements

Starting from the lowest level and working up, here are the training requirements from the Queensland Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 (BFSR):

  • General evacuation instruction – all workers – basic evacuation procedures
  • First response evacuation instruction – all workers – instruction on fire equipment and installations for the building
  • Evacuation coordination instruction – Evacuation Coordinators (Wardens) – instructions on the persons role in controlling an evacuation
  • Fire Safety Adviser (FSA) – One person for High Occupancy Buildings only – evacuation and emergency planning responsibilities and management


Training Requirements for Each Level

General Evacuation Instruction (BFSR Section 35)

  • Covers items listed on the Evacuation Diagram for the building and workplace procedures for evacuation
  • Who – All workers
  • New Workers - Must be completed by a person who starts working in the building within 2 days of starting
  • Renewal – every 12 months
  • Changes – must be retrained within 1 month of a change to the evacuation diagram or procedures.
  • Training method – non-accredited – may be conducted in house by a supervisor, warden or Fire Safety Adviser.
  • Relevant TMT training - 


First Response Evacuation Instruction (BFSR Section 36-37)

  • Covers training in the use of the fire alarms and fire-fighting equipment and a demonstration of the use of the same equipment
  • Who – All workers
  • New workers – training conducted within 1 month of starting
  • Renewal – every 2 years
  • Changes – all workers to be retrained within 1 month of changes occurring
  • Training method – non-accredited – may be a video or CD they watch, may be provided by supervisor, warden, FSA or external provider
  • Relevant TMT training -


Evacuation Coordination Instruction (BFSR Section 38-41)

  • Commonly referred to as a warden (e.g. fire warden, evacuation warden, floor warden, chief warden)
  • Covers training in carrying out the evacuation procedures for a building or site
  • Who – All persons responsible for coordination of an evacuation
  • New Workers - When a person becomes responsible for controlling an evacuation they must be trained in how they will carry out the evacuation at most 1 month before they become responsible
  • Renewal - every 12 months thereafter.
  • Changes – All coordinators to be retrained within 1 month of a change to the evacuation coordination instructions.
  • Training Method – non-accredited – may be conducted by the person responsible for the evacuation procedures, a Chief Warden or a FSA.
  • Relevant TMT training -


Fire Safety Adviser (BFSR Section 34)


Common Training Implementation

  • General Evacuation Instruction and First Response Evacuation Instruction
    • All workers completed every year, thereby ensuring you meet 12 months for General Evacuation and 24 months for First Response Evacuation
    • Conducted initially by external party and then refreshers done internally by evacuation coordinator or FSA

  • Evacuation Coordination Instruction
    • All coordinators done by external party every 12 months, unless an onsite Fire Safety Adviser is available to conduct training

  • Fire Safety Adviser
    • Nominated person trained by a Registered Training Organisation as per regulations



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