NSI and BAFE award landmark third party certification to Abbot Fire Group

Nigel Walton of Abbot Fire Group (centre) is awarded the NSI and BAFE certificates. Left to Right: Richard Jenkins (NSI CEO), John Davidson (NSI’s head of field operations for systems), Nigel Walton (Abbot Fire Group), Gary Hurst (NSI auditor) and Chris Auger (BAFE schemes manager)

Nigel Walton of Abbot Fire Group (centre) is awarded the NSI and BAFE certificates. Left to Right: Richard Jenkins (NSI CEO), John Davidson (NSI’s head of field operations for systems), Nigel Walton (Abbot Fire Group), Gary Hurst (NSI auditor) and Chris Auger (BAFE schemes manager)

The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) and BAFE, the independent register of quality fire safety service providers, have awarded the first-ever third party certificate of approval and registration to the new Kitchen Fire Protection Systems (SP206) Scheme. The award was bestowed at the NSI’s annual Summit held at the Vox Conference Centre in Birmingham.

The new scheme addresses the design, installation, commissioning, recharge and maintenance of kitchen fire protection systems (extinguishing/suppression systems). Adopting a rigorous third party certification process, the scheme assesses the competency of kitchen fire protection system providers from the design stage all the way through to periodic maintenance visits, evidenced by Certificates of Compliance.

The first company to achieve this new third party certification (offering Ansul R-102 systems) via NSI and BAFE registration is the Abbot Fire Group, based in Buckingham. The Group is a strong advocate of third party certification. Founder Nigel Walton was awarded the certificates by Jonathan O’Neill OBE, the Fire Protection Association’s managing director, during the opening session of the Summit.

Walton commented: “Third party certification is continuing to be an important factor in the fire safety industry. We are grateful to BAFE for establishing this scheme which allows us to demonstrate our skill and expertise in providing our kitchen fire system offerings. I’m immensely proud of my hard working and diligent team that all helped earn this certification. This is a combination of a two-year development process and a personal campaign of mine as the industry requires third party certification for kitchen system work to appropriately assess competency. My thanks go out to BAFE, the NSI and the whole development team for this.” 

Certification was also awarded at the Summit to Nobel Fire Systems, who manufacture, design and install their own K-Series systems for kitchen fire protection. 

Chris Auger, BAFE schemes manager, stated: “The NSI Summit is a great event at which to present this certification, with the NSI being the first UKAS-accredited certification body to offer this scheme. We’re confident the BAFE SP206 scheme represents the best levels of quality and service excellence to help reduce the risk of injury and increase property protection from commercial kitchen fires.” 

Andy Pickup of Nobel Fire Systems (centre) is awarded the NSI and BAFE certificates. Left to Right: Richard Jenkins (NSI CEO), John Davidson (NSI’s head of field operations for systems), Andy Pickup (Nobel Fire Systems), Gary Hurst (NSI auditor) and Chris Auger (BAFE schemes manager)

Andy Pickup of Nobel Fire Systems (centre) is awarded the NSI and BAFE certificates. Left to Right: Richard Jenkins (NSI CEO), John Davidson (NSI’s head of field operations for systems), Andy Pickup (Nobel Fire Systems), Gary Hurst (NSI auditor) and Chris Auger (BAFE schemes manager)

John Davidson, the NSI’s head of field operations (systems), observed: “As the first certification body in the UK to be accredited by UKAS and licensed by BAFE to deliver the SP206 scheme, we’re delighted to announce these new approvals and look forward to more companies within the sector undergoing independent assessment. The overarching aim is to help duty holders select competent contractors and so reduce risk, raise standards and protect those who use and/or occupy premises housing commercial kitchens.”

Davidson added: “The NSI fully supports the drive for fire safety by BAFE, insurers and professional installers. We welcome the authority this scheme affords professional approved installers to issue operators of commercial kitchens with NSI/BAFE Certificates of Compliance to show that their kitchen fire protection systems are fit for purpose.” 

Both BAFE and the NSI would like to congratulate Abbot Fire Group and Nobel Fire Systems on their certification and all those involved in the development of the BAFE SP206 Kitchen Fire Protection Systems Scheme including Dr Jim Glockling (RISCAuthority director and the FPA’s technical director) who chaired the group.

*For further information visit https://www.bafe.org.uk/schemes/kitchen-fire-protection-systems and https://www.nsi.org.uk/our-services/our-schemes/kitchen-fire-protection-systems-scheme

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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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