SSAIB and FIA collaborate to assist security companies in gaining fire certification

The Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB) has entered into partnership with the Fire Industry Association (FIA) to help registered security firms gain fire detection and alarm certification. The innovative project is available for the next six months and has been set up to aid more SSAIB firms that want to become third party certified for the BAFE SP-203 scheme and support the delivery of Best Practice in the fire industry.

Those firms that decide to apply will be granted a 12-month probationary membership with the FIA, which will allow them to gain access to the FIA’s comprehensive, high quality training. In turn, this will help them to prepare for their SSAIB audit as it will ensure they know what’s demanded of them in order to meet the requirements of the scheme and that they’re working to the industry standard.

This initiative provides a host of benefits for those security firms looking to branch out into fire detection and alarms, which the SSAIB’s CEO Alex Carmichael hopes is a move that will benefit registered businesses.

Carmichael revealed: “This is a great opportunity for firms looking to branch out into fire detection and alarms certification, and I hope that anyone interested goes ahead and applies for the initiative. The wealth of knowledge that the FIA can pass on will definitely help towards understanding what’s needed to meet the standards and gain certification. We look forward to working closely with the FIA over the coming months. I’d like to thank them for partnering with us and offering to help our firms increase their scope of certification.”

Boasting over 700 members, the FIA prides itself on shaping standards and influencing legislation and offers unrivalled technical publications, as well as being the prime technical resource for the fire industry.

FIA membership manager Chris Tilley was also quick to point out the benefits of the partnership. “The FIA and the SSAIB have a long-standing friendship and, as a result, we’ve been looking for ways in which we can work together to improve the services currently offered to SSAIB security customers who are also engaged with fire detection and alarms, but are not yet third party certified. The overall aim is to raise the game across the industry.”

Tilley continued: “The FIA is willing to help with this by offering 12 months of probationary membership for any company who signs up with the SSAIB on the BAFE SP203-1 scheme. For anyone who would like further guidance on this, we can also offer the consultancy services of our compliance manager Kevin Stearns through our ‘Route to Certification’ scheme. We hope SSAIB-registered firms will take this opportunity to be part of something bigger as we all strive to raise standards and professionalism across the fire industry.”

*To register for the joint venture between the SSAIB and the FIA, please contact Chris Tilley at the FIA via e-mail: and quote reference SSAIB1

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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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