Fire Safety Unit

Fire safety awareness

Fire safety awareness course that all staff should undertake.

The online version of the Fire Safety Awareness course is available via the Cardinus system. 

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.

Cardinus login

The Fire Safety Awareness course is available via the Cardinus web-based e-Learning course at: 

Users should log in to the system with their University Log In (formerly EASE) credentials.

Please visit for more information on the 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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