What we do

Established in 2005, McCarthy Associates is a small independent firm, specialising in operational readiness, rail operations consultancy, training needs analysis, design and delivery, incident management, emergency planning and fire risk assessments.

We specialise in achieving operational readiness for new assets, so far including fire panels, new trains, sub surface sidings, new stations and Off Tram Ticketing Systems!

We have helped our clients meet training and operational obligations in a cost effective and positive manner.

Our associates are made up from senior manager and professional rail operators, training staff, health and safety professionals as well as operational managers, with huge experience in many areas.


Our Services

We specialise in assisting suppliers to operational railways in achieving operational readiness for new assets and meeting their training and operational obligations to their clients.

All of our training associates are qualified to national levels.

Some of the services we offer include:

We can assess needs, and create exercises needed to allow operational readiness to be achieved, including crowd control, emergency simulation and all other activities needed, including reports and evidence.

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Current Projects

Previous Work

Fire and Risk Assessment

McCarthy Associates are accredited by the Fire Protection Association to carry out Fire Risk Assessments.

We supply this service, using a simple, common sense approach that leaves clients with an understandable, usable report reflecting realistic views and recommendations.

We have also carried out Fire Risk Assessments for small businesses and have carried out extensive work with Dalkia (MITIE) in fire panel installation, training staff in their operation.

Why you may need a Fire Risk Assessment

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO) came into effect in October 2006 and replaced over 70 pieces of fire safety law.

Under the FSO, the responsible person must carry out a fire safety risk assessment and implement and maintain a fire management plan.

We supply this service, using a simple, common sense approach that leaves clients with an understandable, usable report reflecting realistic views and recommendations.

The FSO applies to all non-domestic premises in England and Wales, including the common parts of blocks of flats and houses in multiple occupations (HMOs).

The law applies to you if you are:

Responsible for business premises
An employer or self-employed with business premises
Responsible for a part of a dwelling where that part is solely used for business purposes
A charity or voluntary organisation
A contractor with a degree of control over any premises
Providing accommodation for paying guests

Fire Training

We provide professionally qualified trainers to deliver high quality training at your place of work. We can deliver bespoke training or the following:

Fire Warden/Marshall

Outline relevant fire legislation
List the fire warden’s responsibilities and duties
Outline evacuation procedures and emergency plans
Identify potential fire hazards and risks

Fire Watch person (Hot Working)

  • Introduction
  • Hot working
  • Duties and responsibilities of the fire watchperson
  • Recap and assessment

Pre requisite MUST be Fire Awareness trained

Fire Awareness

  • Identify the causes of fire and how to prevent them
  • Detail the actions to be taken in the event of a fire
  • List classes of fire and appropriate fire extinguishers
  • Describe the practical use of fire extinguishers
  • Identify the five types of British Standard safety signs
  • Detail the actions to be taken with suspect packages
  • Identify compliance with and contravention of the fire legislation
  • Explain the reasons why it is necessary to license the storage of materials
  • Describe the correct use and storage of flammable materials
  • Identify different fire detection and suppression systems

Fire Drills, Emergency Plans and Exercises

We can work with you:

  • to develop your emergency plans
  • to manage fire drills and exercises
  • train you to carry out testing and put routines in place

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We can supply

  • Qualified fire risk assessment
  • Fire plan development
  • Fire training

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