Fire Industry Association’s all-new fire detection and alarms courses open for bookings

Following the launch of four brand new fire detection and alarm qualifications in the design, installation, maintenance and commissioning of fire detection and alarm equipment earlier this year, the Fire Industry Association (FIA) has announced that bookings for these courses can now be made on the organisation’s website.

The courses are full formal qualifications and will lead to a certificate upon completion, which will be equivalent to an A-Level.

“We’ve designed these courses following the syllabus set by the newly-formed Fire Industry Association Awarding Organisation,” said Michael Gregg, the FIA’s training manager. “We have put together a robust set of classroom-based learning days that will aid learners in their development – not just in preparing for the examinations, but also in a way that aims to improve their overall knowledge and understanding of the education and concepts presented.”

For each qualification there are four units of study, all of which must be passed in order to gain the certificate at the end for the award of the qualification.

This is an important step forward in formalising the process and developing the level of service technicians in the fire detection and alarms industry.

One of the major benefits for learners taking the new qualifications will be the level of knowledge and experience of the trainers who’ll be able to guide those learners and prepare them for the examinations.

The FIA has invested significantly in developing new learning materials which cover everything studied in the courses, explaining each concept in significant detail.

By the end of the course, learners should be able to gain a much more in-depth knowledge and understanding of their chosen subject area (whether this is in fire detection and alarm design, installation, maintenance or the commissioning process).

*Courses can be booked in a range of locations across the UK. Visit www.fia.uk.com for details

Hochiki Europe sheds new light on British Standard

Hochiki Europe is hosting an educational webinar on the updated British Standard BS 5266-1: 2016 Emergency Lighting at 10.00 am on Wednesday 1 November 2017. The webinar has been certified by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers as a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) event and will explain the changes to BS 5266, which was fully revised in November last year, in addition to exploring the implications for life safety system installers, facilities managers, duty holders and building owners.

Renowned industry expert Ian Watts, emergency lighting manager at Hochiki Europe, will be hosting the event, duly providing attendees with the benefit of his decades of experience in the field.

As part of his presentation, Watts will offer practical advice and take questions on the numerous aspects of the new British Standard, including the different types and categories of emergency lighting, the new category of ’emergency safety lighting’ and its implications, emergency lighting requirements for high risk task areas, testing and maintenance and other additional requirements noted in the document.

Speaking about the webinar, Watts commented: “Maintaining high standards of life safety across the built environment has never been more important. By discussing the latest changes in standards and regulations with emergency lighting experts, professionals can gain the knowledge they need to continue to uphold the well-being of building occupants and ensure those occupants feel secure in the spaces they inhabit and use every day.”

*Visit http://bit.ly/2idiq2Z to register for the webinar

About the Author

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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