FIM Expo at Madejski Stadium set to focus on FIA membership and BAFE schemes

The Fire Industry Manufacturers Expo (FIM Expo), which is running at Reading FC’s Madejski Stadium on Wednesday 3 April, will encompass a bigger focus on innovation and compliance. New for 2019 is a Membership and Compliance focus, whereby visitors will be able to learn about BAFE schemes at the BAFE Stand. They’ll also be able to find out more about the benefits of Fire Industry Association (FIA) membership at the FIA’s Stand.

“FIA Membership affords discounts on training and qualifications, as well as excellent networking opportunities, not to mention the chance to be involved in technical groups and meet other professionals in the sector,” explained FIA membership manager Chris Tilley, who’ll be on hand at the Expo to answer any membership-related questions.

“For those who would like to know how to become a member, BAFE will also be attending the show so visitors can ask about third party certification, membership criteria and the schemes being run to become certified.”

In addition, a range of exhibitors from across the fire protection industry will be displaying their latest products and showcasing their latest innovations. Exhibitors include Advanced, Xtralis, Hochiki, Kentec, Eaton, Everlux and Nittan, all of whom will be delighted to welcome visitors and discuss their latest products in the relaxed and informal setting of the show. A full list of exhibitors is available on the FIM Expo website.

FIM Expo will be hosting two free Continuing Professional Development (CPD)-accredited seminars. The first seminar, ‘BS 5939-1:2017 – What’s Changed?’ runs at 10.00 am and will be presented by Don Scott from Siemens (an FIA member company). Scott sits on many of the FIA’s Councils and Working Groups and boasts an excellent technical working knowledge of the subject.

The second seminar, to be held at 1.00 pm, will be presented by Chris Tilley. ‘The Future of Qualifications in Fire Detection and Alarms’ will look at the current qualifications available from the FIA and the benefits of gaining qualifications in this area, both now and in the years to come.

FIM Expo is open from 8.30 am for early morning breakfast meetings, with free parking available and complimentary refreshments and a buffet throughout the day. Entry is free, but online registration is recommended. The Expo concludes at 2.30 pm.

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