Training course

ABTA's Principles of Fire Safety in Travel Course – London

Event details

Please note that this event was postponed from 18 March due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The new date is 14 October 2020.

About the event

This new one-day training course will provide a foundation level knowledge of the hazards associated with fire and what to look for when auditing and contracting tourism accommodation.

Learn how to identify risks during the auditing and contracting process and get an understanding of the significance of such defects being identified. Understand what practical steps can be taken around fire prevention in order to ensure good practice within your tourism accommodation.
Use these skills to assess the risks posed in all types of accommodation when conducting audits and safety checks. Take away knowledge to improve your communications with accommodation providers and senior managers when issues arise. 
Learn where fire safety specialist advice may be required in specific higher risk situations and the actions that should be taken as a result. 

The course will be run by led by Terry Auld, an independent fire and safety consultant who has extensive experience working with the travel industry. Terry is a member of the Institution of Fire Engineers and trains, mentors and monitors auditors from a range of tour operators.

Attendees will be provided with illustrated course notes and a workbook to take back to the office.


  • The nature of fire
  • Building construction and means of escape
  • Escape route: protecting special risk areas
  • Fire warning systems
  • Emergency lighting
  • Equipment and signage
  • Management responsibilities for accommodation

Benefits of attending

  • Become better equipped to communicate fire safety with accommodation providers and senior managers
  • Learn the measures required to ensure that risk is maintained at an acceptable level within travel accommodation
  • Learn how to identify situations where interim fire safety measures can be introduced to reduce risk whilst permanent solutions are being implemented
  • Get first hand advice from, and put your questions to, an expert in fire risk prevention

Who should attend?

This training course is ideal for those responsible for health and safety management including: 

  • Health and safety teams
  • Operations managers 
  • Crisis and incident managers
  • Risk management personnel
  • Purchasing/contracting staff

This course is also useful as a refresher for existing auditors.

About the trainer

Terry Auld is an independent consultant to the travel industry on matters involving health and safety. Following his retirement, as a senior officer with Suffolk Fire Service in 1998 he set up his own fire and safety consultancy.
He became an associate with Ron Wheal Associates, worked in assessing accommodation for UK tour operators and became Operators Director of Ron Wheal Associates in 1999. Terry worked with the Federation of Tour Operators to draft their Health and Safety Preferred Codes of Practice (now the ABTA Tourism Accommodation Health and Safety Technical Guide) and is still a member of the review panel of the guide. In 2003 Terry worked with school travel operators in the formation of the School Travel Forum (STF), preparing technical guidance and establishing audit protocols for accommodation used by school groups travelling overseas. Terry joined Argent Health and Safety as Development Director and continued to work alongside ABTA, FTO, IAGTO BETA and the STF. Terry is a member of the Institution of Fire Engineers and attends the EU Committee for experts in fire safety. Following ‘retirement’ in 2013 he continues to act as a consultant advising on tour operators on H&S issues whilst also doing some training, mentoring and monitoring of auditors. Terry is currently retained by Preverisk, a leading provider of safety related services as an advisor to the board and consultant.

Event prices

ABTA Member/ABTA Partner* rate – £295 plus VAT 
Non-Member rate – £395 plus VAT 


Book three places and get 50% off the third place.
(This discount will be automatically applied when you book online.)

If you are looking to book for a larger group please contact for a bespoke discount.

Please note discounts cannot be combined.

Other information

Non-Members are welcome to attend. For information about becoming a Member click here.

View our booking terms and conditions here.

Make payment by credit or debit card. UK VAT will be applied. ABTA Members can also request an invoice.

*To qualify for the ABTA Member/Partner discount you must have a current ABTA Member/Partner number or your application must be in progress when the event takes place

Event sponsorship

Event partner

With 15 years’ experience and over 600 clients, Preverisk is a leading provider of Health & Safety solutions to the travel and tourism sector.  We provide expert health and safety services to tour operators, OTAs, bed banks and DMCs, and carry out 20,000 Health and Safety Questionnaires (HSQs) each year worldwide. We have offices in 4 continents, audit in 9 different languages, and are adept with the assessment of all supplier types (accommodations, transfers and excursions). Our innovative audit and analytics technology, App4Check, supports us and is one of the leading tools of its type in the world.

Our strong background in public health and tourism has allowed us to further specialise in safety management systems, physical audits and training programmes. In addition to health and safety questionnaire programmes, we conduct 9,000 physical audits (across 25 countries) and train over 30,000 industry professionals each year. Alongside our health & safety work, Preverisk also provides industry-leading services in sustainability, customer experience and quality improvement, claims management, animal welfare, food allergen control and other specialist areas.
For details on how to promote your company at this event, contact Matt Turton on 020 3693 0194 or 
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