The Fire Industry Association (FIA) has published its Annual Report for 2019 outlining in some detail the growth, changes and difficulties that the organisation has faced in the past year when it comes to a number of areas including membership, compliance, training, councils and marketing.
Ian Moore, CEO at the FIA, said: “Following our successful contribution to Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, we’ve been heavily involved with the Working Groups on competency which, being mentioned 152 times in the report, is clearly an issue that most of us have known about for many years. The next stage is to tackle competency failings identified in the Hackitt Review by looking at a radical and wide-ranging set of measures designed to improve the competence of those who design, construct, inspect, maintain and operate high-risk residential buildings and make them safer for members of the public.”
The report outlines that FIA membership has continued at ‘an impressive rate of growth’ this year and there’s a long list of achievements from the FIA Councils, which includes FIRESA, FD&A, extinguishing and services.
Within the report, there’s extensive information about the councils and the work they’ve carried out this year, including myth busters, training courses, published papers, research projects and more.
In terms of training, the ‘challenging year’ the FIA Training Department has had is noted. “One of our biggest challenges this year has been the step up to nationally recognised qualifications,” explained Moore. “The examinations are clearly more difficult to pass and we’ve worked endlessly to find ways of increasing our learning support materials, improve training techniques and educate the students that a big commitment of their time and effort is required. The low pass rate has led us to reassess the levels of the exams and work on introducing new courses and examinations to suit a high percentage of our industry’s workforce.”
Positively, the report explains that ‘results are now improving’ thanks to a number of factors and assures that there are plans to expand and improve a number of courses over the next two years.