The Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), the Fire and Security Association (FSA) and specialist security and fire sector certification body the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) have signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
As a result of the new agreement, both ECA and FSA members will be eligible for discounts on NSI initial certification fees and courses while NSI-approved companies who apply for FSA or ECA membership will receive a discount on their first year’s subscription fee.
The Memorandum of Understanding was signed at IFSEC International 2015 and takes effect from 1 July this year.
“We’ve worked together on a number of issues over the years, so formalising this relationship in such a way was a natural move,” explained FSA chairman Pat Allen. “At what’s undoubtedly a crucial time for the electrical, fire and security industries, this agreement will mean that we’re able to combine our expertise for the good of our business sectors and allow our respective members access to the others’ offerings at a reduced rate.”
Richard Jenkins, CEO at the NSI, commented: “The ECA, FSA and the NSI are all fully committed to improving industry standards, ensuring clients receive the highest quality service from their contractors and helping businesses evolve and grow. It’s fitting to put this agreement together now. This should help firms of all sizes gain access to the crucial services and support they need.”
The FSA, the ECA and the NSI: the detail
The FSA was founded in 2007 as a specialist group of the Electrical Contractors’ Association. It represents ECA members involved in the business of designing, installing, commissioning, maintaining and monitoring electronic fire and security systems. The FSA also partners with Scottish trade body SELECT on fire and security issues.
For its part, the ECA is the UK’s largest Trade Association representing electrical and other engineering contractors at the regional, national and European levels. ECA member-companies boast a combined turnover in excess of £6 billion each year.
ECA members carry out design and installation activity across the domestic and commercial sectors. This work ranges from power and lighting to data communications, energy efficiency and renewables as well as the design and installation of cutting-edge building control technologies.
The ECA’s 2,800 members range from quality local electricians to nationwide engineering contractors employing thousands of people on major UK projects. ECA members also support over 5000 apprentices on an annual basis.
NSI Gold-approved companies are leaders in the delivery of security and fire safety services to the highest standards for businesses in the UK and Eire. The NSI operates a national network of full-time qualified specialist auditors in the security and fire sectors, carrying out something in the region of 4,000 robust audits per year of the UK’s 1,800 premier guarding, security systems and fire safety solutions providers.
NSI auditors verify an organisation’s compliance with the relevant British and European Standards and Codes of Practice. Guarding, security and fire safety organisations approved by the NSI carry the NSI hallmark, in turn demonstrating to customers their integrity in providing services with the highest levels of professionalism and competence as well as their openness to independent scrutiny by the NSI.