BAFE-registered fire extinguisher service providers and technicians “continue to be best in the field”

The revised SP101: Competency of Portable Fire Extinguisher Organisations and Technicians scheme went live on 1 October having been reviewed and enhanced to ensure that it continues to provide the best assurances to the industry and its customers of what defines a quality provider of fire extinguisher services in today’s market.

The scheme review also updated and strengthened the role of the fire extinguisher technician. A BAFE-registered fire extinguisher technician has always been the defining way of verifying that a competent person is working at a given premises. This has now been enhanced further by including additional technical competence to the revised sections of BS 5306: Fire Extinguishing Installations and Equipment on Premises as well as requirements for having training in asbestos awareness and Health and Safety procedures.

The technician competency portfolio used by BAFE’s assessors has also been reviewed, ensuring that all technicians who gain the esteemed BAFE Diploma continue to be the best in the industry. Passing the BS 5306 examination is only the first step in demonstrating an understanding of the relevant standards to work competently in the field.

The requirements of this scheme continue to offer peace of mind for those specifying a competent provider that a BAFE SP101-registered company with proficient fire extinguisher technicians is an assured quality decision.

*More information about the BAFE SP101: Competency of Portable Fire Extinguisher Organisations and Technicians scheme can be found on the organisation’s website at www.bafe.org.uk

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014.

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