Fire Safety Unit

Fire safety awareness

Fire safety awareness course that all staff should undertake.

The online/Learn version of the Fire Safety Awareness course is currently unavailable (until early 2020).  Please see details below on how to arrange a face to face course or contact the Fire Safety Unit.

Fire safety awareness training is available on line on the LEARN platform. All members of staff are required to complete the staff training as part of their induction training and thereafter at least once every 3 years. It is the responsibility of the Head of School/Management Unit to ensure staff complete fire safety awareness training as per this arrangement, to ensure the University meets their statutory obligations in reference to staff training.

Where online training is not available, or is deemed to be inappropriate due to the nature of duties undertaken, fire awareness training can be delivered through arrangement with the Fire Safety Unit. Please note, in all circumstances fire awareness training requires to be undertaken during normal working hours.

e-Learning login

The Fire Safety Awareness course is available via the LEARN platform as an e-Learning course. Please click here for instructions or see the 'Access to LEARN' instructions below.

Access to LEARN

All staff and students have access to the University's e-learning platform LEARN, either direct at or via MyEd - both are EASE authenticated and, once logged in, you will  be presented with your own personal Homepage.

All courses provided by the Health and Safety Department can be found in the 'Self-enrol' tab in the top right hand corner of LEARN, then by clicking ' Self Enrol Health & Safety Courses ' in the Course Catalogue section on that page (top right hand of the page once loaded).

To enrol on a course, hover over the course code and click the small arrow which appears at the end of the course name, then choose 'Enrol'. Once enrolled, this course will appear on your Homepage next time you log in.

Course attendees data

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Fire safety awareness online course

Face to face course

Course outline


University policy with fire safety including;

  • Location of the Fire Safety Unit
  • Function of Fire Safety Unit
  • Function of Fire Safety Unit personnel

Video presentation - " Action in Event of a Fire" or "Bradford"

Overview of Fire alarm systems

  • General provision and operation
  • Monitoring

General Evacuation Procedures

  • Fire action notices
  • Indication of exits and escape routes
  • Protection of escape routes
  • Annual evacuation drill

Video presentation - "Action in Event of a Fire"

Portable fire appliances

  • EN3 provision and colour coding
  • Recharging procedure


  • Knowledge of place of work
  • Location of fire extinguishers and their use
  • Evacuation principals for their place of work

Procedures for out of normal hours working, including:

  • Risk assessment
  • Evacuation procedure/entrapped persons

Course duration

The course lasts one hour. Please arrive promptly for the beginning of the course.

Booking onto the course

University personnel should apply for this course by contacting the Fire Safety Unit.

Please provide your name, department, address, telephone number and email address.

Fire Safety Unit

  • Health and Safety Department
  • The University of Edinburgh

Contact details



2nd Floor
Charles Stewart House
9-16 Chambers Street

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