Fire Management and Safety for Outdoor Learning


Fire making is often a popular feature of organised outdoor events, whether it involves camp fires and cooking or firelighting and bushcraft. So it might come as a surprise to learn that very few teachers, students in training, outdoor learning practitioners or youth leaders have ever attended any formal training in fire safety and fire management.

How do I request or book a Fire Management and Safety course?

We can arrange a course for your staff and colleagues at your own site (10 - 15 attendees recommended). Or you can make a request to attend one of our courses and pay by invoice/cheque. You can also book directly on any of the courses we run from our venues

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You can attend one of our arranged courses at one of our training venues.

If you need more information on requesting or booking a place on a course please call: 07747 753607 or read on...

Fire Safety for inspirational education and outdoor Learning

At Triskelion we want to ensure that those who teach or supervise the use of fire in an outdoor learning setting have the right knowledge and practical skills to run safe fire making sessions. We also want them to encourage young people to think beyond the act of making fire and consider the impact on their personal safety and the wider environment when fires get out of control. That’s why we’ve teamed up with West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) to launch a one day training programme, Fire Management and Safety for Education and Outdoor Learning.

The programme proved a hit recently with Birmingham-based Ackers Adventure, where we recently trained several of the outdoor centre’s staff, along with a group of Forest School practitioners.

Martin Davis from WFMS set the scene on the day by explaining the theory behind combustion and fire dynamics. He underlined his points with powerful video clips that showed how quickly fires can start and spread and the terrible damage they cause, both indoors and outdoors.

With support from Triskelion’s Mike Watson, he then discussed the importance of building and controlling fires in an outdoor learning setting, highlighting the dangers of wood smoke (especially to young children) and the need to locate and build fires correctly. Again, there was no shortage of photographic evidence to illustrate potentially dangerous practice. Worryingly, lots of it was drawn from real-life examples of outdoor practitioners working with young children!

Martin and Mike rounded off the morning session with a discussion of good fire making practice and behaviours.

We always like to combine theory with practice so, after lunch, it was time for people to practise their fire lighting skills using traditional methods, including fire steel and and two-person bowdrill. The latter presented the greatest challenge of the day, but, careful application of effort won through and, after a reasonably short time a tiny ember turned into smoke which turned into fire, and the practitioners ended the day feeling proud of their efforts!

The course in a nutshell

  • one day programme
  • combines theory with practice
  • equips you with the knowledge and practical skills to run safe fire making sessions
  • encourages you - and the young people you teach - to think about the wider impacts and risks of firelighting
  • certificate of attendance for each participant from West Midlands Fire Service

Who should attend?

  • Teachers
  • Outdoor Learning Practitioners
  • Youth Leaders
  • Young Leaders (16+)and volunteers
  • anyone using fire in an outdoor learning setting

What will you learn?

  • the facts about fire and fire dynamics including the fire 'triangle' of fuel,oxygen and ignition; flashpoints of volatile materials; how fires spread;
  • the dangers of woodsmoke, especially to young children
  • where to build fires safely
  • which materials to use for tinder, kindling and main fuel
  • how to select and use wood correctly
  • how to lay fires correctly for different purposes
  • fire making best practice: ignition, maintaining, controlling, extinguishing and dismantling fires
  • how to minimise environmental impact when making fire

Our next courses are taking place are at:




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Gallery - Fire Safety Course

  • Fire course a
  • Fire course b
  • Fire course c
  • Fire course d
  • Fire course e
  • Fire course f
  • Fire course g


"Very informative, and surprising, content with a good link between theory and practice. Interesting facts that created thought."

Outdoor Adventure Instructor


"It was really useful for thinking about personal fire safety and behaviour, then relating this to the outdoors and our Forest School Programme." 

Primary Teaching Assistant

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