National Security Inspectorate hits the 400 mark for BAFE Scheme registrations

The NSI has now reached the 400 mark for BAFE Scheme registrations

The NSI has now reached the 400 mark for BAFE Scheme registrations

The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) has now reached the milestone of 400 BAFE Scheme registrations which represents a significant achievement for the NSI-BAFE alliance.

The NSI is licensed by BAFE (the independent third party registration body for the fire protection sector) to deliver a range of its fire-related certification schemes and most certainly views fire sector approvals as an important growth area for the organisation.

BAFE Schemes presently available through the NSI are as follows:

*Fire Detection and Alarms (SP203-1)

*Fixed Gaseous Fire Suppression Systems (SP203-3)

*Emergency Lighting (SP203-4)

*Contract Maintenance of Portable Fire Extinguishers (SP101)

*Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment (SP205)

Organisations seeking BAFE registration are required to be independently audited through a UKAS-approved certification body.

Fowler Martin: Number 400

The 400th company registered is Fowler Martin, the Chartered building services consulting engineers located in Ingatestone, Essex. The business has achieved BAFE registration for Fire Detection and Alarm Systems SP203-1 and Emergency Lighting Systems SP203-4.

For a company with principal areas focusing on the design of mechanical and electrical services for the commercial and public sector, the BAFE standard and NSI approval are a marque of competence to provide these services.

Richard Jenkins: CEO at the NSI

Richard Jenkins: CEO at the NSI

Simon Ayres, director of Fowler Martin, commented: “We’re extremely happy to have NSI certification and BAFE registration linked to our design work with alarms and emergency lighting systems. We found the process with both NSI and BAFE to be exceptionally thorough which only increases our confidence in being associated with these bodies. It’s another string to our bow in terms of promoting our quality services and providing evidence of this thanks to third party certification.”

The NSI’s CEO Richard Jenkins added: “Over 1,800 UK and Eire-based organisations have chosen NSI for their security and fire safety certification. We’re an independent specialist certification body, and our team of full-time auditors is well-placed to guide organisations through the application process for NSI approval and BAFE registration. We’re delighted that 400 BAFE registrations have been achieved through the NSI. It’s a key milestone for our two organisations, and we look forward to working with many more fire safety businesses who are looking to demonstrate competence and professionalism to their clients via third party certification.”

Stephen Adams, CEO of BAFE, stated: “Thanks to the commitment to quality by our registered companies and our partners in the certification bodies, including the NSI, this scheme has tripled in size over the last five years. Many public sector and private organisations now recognise SP203 as the main criteria when specifying their fire protection requirements.”

*Further information about BAFE and the registrations available can be found on the BAFE website

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 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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