NHS Staff attend Midland Fire Fire Alarm Training Course

Ross and Oliver after completing their training course at Midland Fire’s Purpose Built training Centre

 

We’d like to congratulate Ross Coxon and Oliver Kelly for successfully completing our MFEUT-02 Vigilon Introduction & Operator Training Course.

Ross and Oliver are part of Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. They are responsible for weekly tests of fire alarm systems – performing basic fault diagnosis and rectification at a number of key NHS premises. This includes hospitals and clinical settings throughout Derbyshire.

The course was tailored to their installed system. Although both attendees have looked after a number of Gent Viglion systems for some time, they have not previously had access to any formal product training.

Our range of fire alarm end user and installer training courses provides an excellent opportunity to help maintenance staff and facilities managers conduct basic fire alarm fault finding without a callout engineer.

Fire Alarm Training Outcomes

The MFEUT-02 training course helps to build the confidence and knowledge to carry out fire alarm maintenance and fault finding. It also teaches best practice when it comes to system isolation and testing procedures – This should lead to a reduction in unwanted false alarms when working on site.

One of the ways considered to achieve this was the use of sensor state changes controlled by the software clock that enables a detector to have different sensing characteristics at different times of the day. Although this was not part of the original course syllabus, we were able to provide a demonstration to the delegates and the opportunity to practice this in a controlled setup. This is important considering how critical life safety systems are in a busy clinical environment. Having this knowledge will make implementation easier on site with less disruption.

Positive Feedback

Ross provided some feedback on the experience:

“Thank you for providing excellent training. Dave’s knowledge and experience is evident which was very reassuring.

Being able to ask questions and go through other things not on the agenda was very helpful and refreshing. It’s given me the confidence in being able to get more involved in maintenance/testing etc on our sites”

Fire Alarm Training Course dates available throughout 2021

If you are a facilities manager or maintenance engineer with fire alarm responsibilities our Fire Alarm training courses could help you learn advanced fault finding and fire alarm management skills. Please visit the Course Calendar for planned dates or Complete our Booking/PreBooking Form to arrange training on days that suit you.

Midland Fire Security Services have recently been awarded the planned maintenance contract for Dudley College of Technology. The contract is for 3 years starting from March 2021 and includes the maintenance and testing of both conventional and addressable fire alarms throughout the college. Midland Fire will also be responsible for the maintenance of the disabled refuge system at Dudley 6th College Campus.

The College has several thousand students enrolled at any one time including apprentices, full time learners, A Level students and adult learners. With the high number of people onsite daily, having an adequate life safety system is vital. The college campus is split over several buildings, each with its own challenges and fire safety considerations.

The Broadway and Dudley 6th

Since 1931 “The Broadway” has been considered the main heart of the college. It is the largest of the colleges buildings and provides dedicated spaces for learning and socialising also acting as a home for the college’s student union. The 6th is a dedicated building complex for 6th form learning including A level studies.

The Broadway is protected by a 5-panel network of modern Gent Vigilon Control Panels with S-Quad Detectors installed throughout the building. The Dudley 6th is protected by a similar system providing reliable fire detection to alert occupants of a potential emergency.

The maintenance of Dudley 6th also includes the Disabled Refuge System with Voice Panel and Outstations (Also known as an EVCS Emergency Voice Communication System). A disabled refuge is a secure location within the building where individuals with additional mobility needs can wait for assistance during an evacuation. The individual or a carer can then use the voice communication system to contact the responsible person safely and securely for assistance.

The Motor Vehicle Centre

Located on Wolverhampton Street, the motor vehicle college provides industry standard facilities that allow students to learn through a range of practical assignments. Midland Fire will be responsible for the maintenance of the Two Gent Conventional Panels – linked together for easier management. Students work on practical assignments including welding and fabrication – minimising false alarms is crucial to the smooth running of the facility.

Wrens Hill Nature Reserve – Wardens Houses

As part of the contract Midland Fire will also be responsible for the maintenance of the Fire Alarm system at the Wrens Hill Nature Reserve (Wardens Houses). The facility is used for conservation and educational projects in conjunction with the college. A conventional Gent Fire Alarm Panel protects these facilities.

 

Midland Fire Security Services look forward to working with Dudley College of Technology – helping to prevent fire emergencies and  ensure the safety of staff, students and visitors at all times.

Looking for Fire Alarm Maintenance for your School or College?

Please get in touch by calling 01283 741000 or sending an email to info@midlandfire.com

Office Administrator Job Vacancy Midland Fire Burton On Trent

Due to further business expansion, Midland Fire Security Services Ltd are looking for a part time administration assistant to help ensuring the efficient and smooth running of day-to-day operations. The ideal candidate will be curious about our business practices and processes, diligent, personable, have a professional telephone manner and be proficient with standard software packages used within an office environment.

Midland Fire is an Electrical Contractor specialising in fire alarm installation and life safety systems. We have a varied portfolio of works within the education, commercial, industrial and public sectors. We expect our staff to have a ‘can do’ approach and who will help the company achieve its goals. We are passionate about personal development and actively encourage progression within the team.

For the successful candidate, this is an exciting opportunity which could open doors to lots of other areas in a business which is actively seeking growth.

Administration Assistant Job Description

This role involves general administrative support supporting our management team and site operatives throughout the various aspects of our business with opportunities for specialisation and progression within the company.

The successful candidate will need to possess a confident, friendly manner and strong interpersonal skills coupled with clear communication skills in both verbal and written mediums.

The requirements and duties of the role are as follows

  • Answer and Direct phone calls.
  • Calendar Management and Scheduling.
  • Liaise with Customers.
  • Act as a point of Contact for Clients
  • Develop & Maintain a Filing System.
  • Be proficient in the use of standard office Software Packages (Word, Excell, Powerpoint etc).
  • Assist in the Preparation of Business Reports
  • Create and Distribute e-mail’s (Mailshots, Contract Renewals etc).
  • Entry of Data onto our Inventory Management Systems.
  • Provide General Support to Visitors.
  • Ordering of Office Supplies.

Full training on our procedures and Industry Specific software will be given.

Working Hours

30 hours per week (flexible)

Salary

£ 18,532.80 pro-rata

How to apply

C/V and written application to:

e-mail: info@midlandfire.com

or in writing to:

Midland Fire Security Services Ltd.
Ref: AAP-03-21
Unit 7, Grange Farm
Belmot Road
Burton Upon Trent
Staffordshire
DE13 9HJ

Closing Date for applications: 31st March 2021

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Due to further expansion, we are looking for several ambitious individuals looking for a long successful career within our family run business.

Midland Fire is an Electrical Contractor specialising in fire alarm installation and life safety systems. We have a varied portfolio of works within the education, commercial, industrial and public sectors. We expect our staff to have a ‘can do’ approach and who will help the company achieve its goals. We are passionate about personal development and actively encourage progression within the team.

For the right candidates, this is an exciting opportunity which could open doors to lots of other areas in the business which is actively seeking growth.

 

Electrical Installation (Electro technical) Advanced Apprenticeship

This role involves training to become a qualified installation electrician. This 4 year apprenticeship will involve on the job training, and block release class-room training via Derby College and Burton Training Organisation Limited. Successful completion will gain a level 3 Electrotechnical qualification.

The candidates should have both theoretical and practical skills, and will need to pass theory exams and practical assessments to progress.

The place of work will vary, and sites include, Universities, Public Sector Properties, Commercial and Industrial Environments based across the Midlands and further afield on occasions. Working within small teams.

The candidate should have the accessibility to start work early and to be picked up from our offices in Tutbury, or other areas of Burton-on Trent. Hours of work will vary and finish times may change, a basic week will be a minimum of 40 hours.

Person Specification:

  • Have good theoretical and practical skills
  • Clear communication skills
  • A confident, friendly manner & strong interpersonal skills
  • Have an interest in electrical installation and theory
  • Have GCSE or equivalent grade C or above in English, Maths & Science
  • Be willing to work at Height, and capable of manual handling
  • Have ability to use hand tools and battery drill

Full time 40 hour basic week

To apply please send your CV and a short introduction to info@midlandfire.com

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Midland Fire Security Services has been awarded an extensive maintenance contract for the Life Safety Systems at “The Wullcomb” residential building. Located on Vaughan Way in Leicester city centre, the contract has been awarded by Way of Life Management Ltd.

The Wullcomb is a build to rent development offering 297 apartments, a shared kitchen and dining space “The Perch”, coffee shop, roof top terrace and private theatre and function room “The Bower”. The development also benefits from a secure car park and a 24 hour concierge.

Complete Life Safety System Maintenance

The life safety system at The Wullcomb comprise of 2 networked Gent Vigilon Panels combined with Self-Contained LED Emergency Lighting. Midland Fire will also be responsible for maintaining their Cameo Disabled Refuge System with Emergency Voice Call.

In addition to these systems the contract also includes maintenance of Portable Fire Extinguishers, Lightning Protection, Dry Risers, Sprinklers and Smoke Vents.

Having such a wide range of systems to maintain on a single site provides its own logistical challenges, for example, the fire alarm requires 4 visits per year, the emergency lighting and smoke vents require 2 visits per year and finally, the disabled refuge system, lightning protection system and portable fire extinguishers require a single visit per year. The contract includes 100% testing of all devices on all of these systems within the contract term.

Real Time Monitoring

Another feature of the services provided is the inclusion of cloud based real time maintenance event data logging which gives both the client and Midland Fire greater visibility and control over the planned maintenance activities within the building and ensures a fast response to any issues that may require investigation and rectification.

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Midland Fire Security Services look forward to this opportunity to work in partnership with Way of Life Management Ltd to provide services to this modern and prestigious housing development.

Looking for a complete life safety and fire alarm maintenance service?

Please get in touch by calling 01283 741000 or sending an email to info@midlandfire.com

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This vacancy has now been filled thank you for your applications

Due to further expansion, we are looking for several ambitious individuals looking for a long successful career within our family run business.

Midland Fire is an Electrical Contractor specialising in fire alarm installation and life safety systems. We have a varied portfolio of works within the education, commercial, industrial and public sectors. We expect our staff to have a ‘can do’ approach and who will help the company achieve its goals. We are passionate about personal development and actively encourage progression within the team.

For the right candidates, this is an exciting opportunity which could open doors to lots of other areas in the business which is actively seeking growth.

Office Junior / Administrator Job Description

This role involves assisting with general administrative support throughout the business with opportunities for specialisation and progression within the company. This is an opportunity to learn about the business as a whole and work with our team in supporting management and site operatives.

Previous administration/office experience is preferred but not essential.

Full training in our procedures and industry-specific software packages will be provided.

College courses will be supported if applicable.

Personal Specification:

  • General IT skills and a high-level attention to detail
  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook etc)
  • Clear communication skills and confidence in telephone calls (verbal & written)
  • A confident, friendly manner & strong interpersonal skills
  • Willingness to learn and an interest in office administration

Full-time 8.30am – 4.30pm

This vacancy has now been filled thank you for your applications

As one of the leading Fire Alarm Engineering companies in the UK, we have created a series of professional training courses designed for Electrical contractors, Fire Alarm Engineers and End Users. Learn how to manage your fire detection system to minimize call-outs. We also offer comprehensive WinMag Operator training.

Each course is delivered by Dave Green, our in-house training specialist. Dave has over 35 years’ industry experience, working with Gent Ltd since 1984 giving him excellent technical knowledge of Gent products. Each training course has been written specifically for Midland Fire. Our end user training courses are designed to up-skill your maintenance staff or fire marshals. Our advanced Gent systems training is designed for Fire Alarm Installers and Electrical Contractors looking to improve their technical understanding of Gent products.

Who are Midland Fire Training Courses suitable for?

Employees – End user training allowing employers to up-skill their maintenance staff or fire marshals

Electricians and Fire Alarm Engineers – System installer training courses are designed to give general electricians and specialist fire alarm engineers the knowledge required to work with Gent / Honeywell products.

Bespoke training

Although the training courses are broken down into modules. Delivery of each course is tailored to the attendees needs. So please contact us if you have specific questions or require training on a specific topic or Gent product.

Available courses:

Click here to see course content and details of each course.

How to book

Click here for course dates

Click here for the booking form

Please contact Midland Fire Security Services Ltd by calling 01283 741000 or emailing dave.green@midlandfire.com and we’ll get back to you with availability.

 

 

Midland Fire Security Services is proud to announce that it has recently won a significant maintenance contract working in partnership with Coventry City Council. This contract involves the planned maintenance of close to 250 individual sites.

The contract period is set initially at 2 years, with an option to extend for a further 2 years. It involves the maintenance, testing, repair and installation of Fire Alarm Systems, Sprinklers Systems, Dry Risers and Fire Hydrants throughout Coventry. Each site varies in size and complexity including housing accommodation, some with vulnerable adults, public spaces such as shopping centres and museums. The contract entails providing the planned maintenance of Fire Alarm systems on these sites along with an “all inclusive” 24 hour call out service for faults and repairs.

Fire Alarm Maintenance at Prestigious Buildings

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One Friargate Coventry

Included among these sites are a number of prestigious buildings such as Friar Gate which is the principle home of Coventry City Council and Coventry Retail Market. The market, which has been operational for over 60 years was originally built to replace the old market which was destroyed by bomb damage during World War II. The new building was opened by Princess Alexandria in 1958. Its pride is its diversity of goods on sale and the many venues supplying a wide variety of food and beverages. The market has worked extensively at making itself Covid safe and is now, after a closure during lockdown, once gain welcoming traders and customers.

Coventry City Market

Coventry City Indoor Market

 

There are a number of tourist destinations covered by the contract, principle among these are Coventry Transport Museum, The Herbert Art Gallery and Lunt Roman Fort.

Coventry Transport Museum Fire Alarm Maintenance

Fire Alarm Maintenance at Coventry Transport Museum is included in the contract

The Coventry Transport Museum provides a home for a collection of vehicles of designated national importance, and consisting of 300 cycles, 120 motor cycles and 250 cars and commercial vehicles.

The Herbert Art Gallery

The Herbert Art Gallery Coventry

The Herbert Art Gallery, a nationally recognised art gallery and museum located close to the iconic Coventry Cathedral, has permanent galleries dedicated to the visual arts, social and industrial history and Natural History. It is also home to the Coventry Archives, the location of historical documents, photographs, maps and archive material relating to the city.

Lunt Roman Fort Coventry

Lunt Roman Fort

Of significant historical interest is Lunt Roman Fort, built in 60AD by the Romans in an attempt to suppress the Iceni rebellion led by the fearsome warrior queen Boudica. The fort is unusual in the sense that although these type of forts were built quickly from timber in an attempt to secure recently occupied territory, most were later rebuilt using stone. The fort had the advantage of being in easy reach of both Watling Street and the Fosse Way, both major arteries in Roman times and not dissimilar to the M1 & M6 of modern times.

Implementing a life safety system maintenance plan

Providing a service contract to such a large, diverse customer presents its own array of unique challenges. Foremost among these is preparing an accurate asset register for each site detailing the amount and type of equipment installed in each location, creating a comprehensive list of contacts and access information for each of the sites which is made all the more challenging by the current pandemic.

For the planned maintenance, there is a logistical challenge associated with organising our engineering workforce where each visit is booked directly with the site and there is a requirement to attend sometimes as many as four sites per day within specific, predefined time slots. The contract includes a number of schools and nurseries where knowledge of who will be attending site and at what time is important to the safety of the occupants.

In addition to the planned works for maintenance and building modification, the contract also incorporates surveying existing sites which contain obsolete equipment and devising a path to replacing and upgrading to current specifications. In most cases this will involve installing Gent fire equipment other than in locations where a wireless solution is preferable, either for reasons of aesthetics or buildings where asbestos may be found, and in these circumstances EMS radio equipment will be utilised.

From an internal perspective, the task of integrating locations, asset lists and timetables into our inventory system is no small matter. This has involved creating new processes to assist in prioritising and managing the workload. These new processes include devising a methodology for organising and storing paperwork including engineer reports, certifications and site surveys all of which has to be achieved in a fashion congruent with the council’s own prescriptive manner of doing things.

Although there are clearly both challenges and opportunities ahead, Midland Fire Security Services relish the prospect of working in conjunction with Coventry City Council on this large and varied contract.

We thought that we would leave the final word to Kenton Sarjaeant, Compliance Manager for Coventry City Council;

“Midland Fire Security Services took over the Fire Alarm installation, maintenance and repair term contract for Coventry City Council in July 2020. These are challenging times for the country as a whole and they have embraced the requirements of the contract as well as dealing with the added complications caused by COVI-19.

For obvious reasons it hasn’t been straight forward but I am pleased with the way things are going and look forward to further progression over the coming months”

We are pleased to announce that Dave Green is joining Midland Fire Security Services Ltd as a Training and Technical Specialist.

Dave has over 35 years’ experience working with Gent Ltd since 1984 giving him excellent technical knowledge of Gent / Honeywell products. His new role at Midland Fire will be to provide further training to Midland Fire staff and provide advanced technical support to clients and end users – further improving the great service we already provide to our customers.

Dave is very well known amongst Fire Alarm Engineers in the area for his excellent advice and technical support provided in his previous role. Rather than us telling you, we asked Dave to tell us more in an informal interview.

Tell us about your experience

I joined Gent Ltd in 1984 after finishing two years at technical college. Initially starting in the manufacturing side of the business but over time diversifying into first customer service type roles before finally settling in training and development roles of one form or another, not all of which technical, from 1995 to the present day.

Over these many years I have witnessed the Gent business and the industry as a whole evolve beyond recognition. Gent as a business went through several changes of ownership from the Pillar electrical group, to RTZ, to Caradon/Novar and finally, since 2005, to Honeywell. Each change of ownership bringing its own set of opportunities and challenges.

As an industry, we have witnessed not only the development in flexibility and applications of fire alarm equipment but also the on-going increase in professionalism in terms of 3rd party accreditation in the form of BAFE, ISO9001, BS5839:1 design and more recently, associated standard sub-sections for installation, commissioning and maintenance.

What products have you worked with?

In the main I have perhaps been a bit of a “one trick pony” as I have extensive experience in the Gent 3400 fire detection and alarm system  from the late 1980’s, Vigilon F.D.&A from its launch in 1998 and it’s metamorphoses into the current Vigilon Plus range more recently.

In recent years, a considerable amount of my time has been taken up with Winmag (the Gent graphical user interface), BACnet, XLS80 (a Honeywell branded Notifier panel) and more recently the C.L.S.S. remote monitoring and service diagnostics tool.

Have you ever come across any problems when training staff?

I can honestly say that I have not really encountered any problems worthy of mention when delivering training. More often than not, delegates actually want you to be successful and are usually relieved that it is someone else at the front of the training room rather than themselves. There are, however, a few absolutely key elements that should always be taken into consideration during any training activity;

  1. Basic Respect – never talk down to anyone and always value the input and experience of the delegates.
  2. Training is about changing behaviour – acknowledge that change can be difficult for people for a variety of reasons and always empathise and attempt to understand their point of view.
  3. Remember that people do things for their own reasons, not yours. A failure to acknowledge and respect their reasons and motivations will generally end in disaster.
  4. Make it relevant, Informal and relaxed – very few people perform at their best when under duress or when they cannot see a useful application for the information that they are being given.

All of the above may seem like straight forward, common sense but they are all things that I have witnessed either being forgotten or paid lip service to all too often.

What do you enjoy about training?

It sounds corny when you put it into words but what I really enjoy is “the lightbulb moment”, that moment when you help someone to learn a new skill, where you can instantly see the difference that what you are doing as a trainer is making. Training is a profession singular in its ability to offer instant job satisfaction and reward (unless you count being an actor or rock star – neither of which I have the talent nor the temperament for). A trainer generally does not have to wait to witness the results of their work, unlike so many other job roles where you form one part of a larger process. Having started in a manufacturing role where I had no visibility of the process that came before my role, nor indeed what happened afterwards, this instant visibility and reward is not something that I ever take for granted.

What are the common questions customers ask you?

In fire alarm systems, as in most walks of life, the most profound and the most common questions are usually the simplest – “How do I?”, “What Happens if?”, “Is it possible to?”. (You can probably add “How much is it going to cost me?” to that list as well). All of these questions can, as you might imagine, greatly expand dependent on the circumstances in which they are being asked and the knowledge and experience level of the person doing the asking. The key is to have the answers.

What do you hope to bring to Midland Fire Security Services?

In my new role with Midland fire I would hope to be involved in the development of both the people that work within the business and of the business itself. I expect this to take many forms including developing and delivering training materials, providing technical support, coaching and mentoring our engineers, being involved with CPD’s and other customer presentations, to assist in the preparation of tenders and audits, to be involved in launching new products such as the C.L.S.S. gateway to our client base and ultimately to assist in building strong, long term relationships with our customers.

Got a question for Dave?

Dave Green is due to start with Midland Fire on the 31st November 2020 and will be available to provide advice and guidance should you need technical help with any of our products. Please get in touch if you need assistance.

why hire a fire alarm engineer

This article looks at the difference between a general electrician or electrical contractor and a third party assessed fire alarm and life safety contractor (engineer).

Following the Grenfell Tower disaster, the government is in the process of creating a new building safety regulator. Dame Judith Hackitt was appointed to lead the investigation and provide recommendations on reform. The purpose of the review was to ensure that the industry has sufficient, robust regulatory systems and residents feel that the building they live in is safe and remains so in the future.

This means that new legislation and guidance is coming into force to ensure that high standards of fire safety are upheld throughout the construction industry.

As fully qualified Fire Alarm Engineers, Midland Fire Security frequently tender for contracts big and small and one debate still occurs – even in an industry that already has strict regulations. Should I hire a dedicated fire alarm contractor or an electrical contractor?

Its 2020, Why is this issue still being debated?

Looking from the outside in, the answer should be “Yes! – the safety of building occupants is paramount so I need to make sure the fire detection systems are adequate and meet current regulations”, unfortunately even in 2020 this isn’t always the case.

Electricians are not trained in BS5839 Part 1 2017 unless they take specific training

Luke Sillito from Midland Fire Security Services Ltd sheds some light on the problem “From the 20 years we have spent in the industry, we have been awarded several maintenance contracts where a recent installation does not comply with BS 5839. Quite often this occurs when the main contractor is a general electrical contractor and awarded the contract for the entire project – but has not received formal training in fire alarm installation. A common issue we see is that fire proof cables have not been used between the main supply and the fire detection system, this means that the detectors could stop working in an emergency. A fully qualified fire alarm engineer would know that this is a requirement. Of course this is not always the case, many electricians hold a formal qualification in fire alarm engineering but generally speaking electricians do not receive training specifically on BS5839 Part 1 2017 unless they take specific training”.

EN 16763 and minimum levels of training

As new legislation is being adopted throughout the EU and the UK meaning it has never been more important for Electricians in the Fire Alarm Industry to be fully qualified. European Standard EN 16763 states that a level 3 qualification is the minimum recommended to work as a Fire Alarm Engineer. Although this is not mandatory yet, the standard specifies that those working on a system should be qualified to at least a Level 3 on the European Qualifications Framework.

Jack studying for level 3 fire alarm engineer qualifications

Midland Fire Alarm Engineers have received level 3 training or are in the process of receiving training so that we fully comply with current and future legislation. At the start of the year Tom Chadwick, a Midland Fire Engineer was caught in the act, completing his course.

Specific Design Considerations

Fire Alarm System Design requires specific design considerations and planning to ensure that a fire is detected quickly in an emergency.

A good example of the depth of knowledge required to design fire alarm systems is the category system.

Fire alarm engineers must have a detailed understanding of different system types so they can specify the right system for a particular business.

It is required by law that fire alarm systems at business premises are fit for purpose. This includes ensuring your system falls into the correct category. There are 8 individual fire categories as defined in BS5839 that a competent fire engineer must understand. Typically this level of training is only offered on fire-specific training courses.

Whole system integrity

A well-known advocate for electrical safety – ‘Dan The Engineer’ has a YouTube channel where he discusses this issue in some detail. For those of you that don’t know, Dan the Electrician is a Fellow of the IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology) who spent most of his young career working as an Electrical contractor with a Fire Alarm Engineering bias. Having worked ‘both sides of the fence’ he sheds some light on the difference between BS7671 and the requirements of BS5839 Part 1 2017 for fire safety.

Probably the biggest point raised by ‘Dan The Engineer’ is that in order for a fire alarm system to be fully compliant. Main contractors must work more closely with suitably qualified Fire Alarm Engineer to ensure that the system meets the requirements of both BS7671 and BS5839. In turn, this ensures that the correct level of due care and attention is applied throughout the whole electrical system.

Does your contractor have the right third party accreditations?

So how do you know that your Electrician is a fully qualified Fire Alarm Engineer? There are several third party accreditations that help show competence within the industry. For example – The NICEIC approved contractor status for electricians states that all approved contractors must have a copy of, and work to the latest IET wiring standards – But this is not fire specific. So what about Fire Alarms?

Ensuring your fire alarm engineer is competent

BAFE-SP203Well regarded in the UK, BAFE is an independent register of quality fire safety providers with the aim of ensuring fire alarm installers are competent and working to the latest standards.
BAFE develops schemes, which are sets of competency criteria, that UKAS* Accredited Certification Bodies use to assess companies providing specific fire safety services. Companies can be assessed for their competency providing fire and life safety services.

In order to achieve BAFE certification, a contractor must have met the strict quality audit process, ensuring that they are a competent fire alarm provider. So if you are looking for an indication that your electrician knows what they are doing with fire alarms – Look for the BAFE logo.

So what is the best option for my project?

When choosing a main supplier for electrical installations it is vital that they work closely with a suitably qualified Fire Alarm Engineer or a dedicated life safety sub-contractor in order to ensure the correct standards are adhered to throughout the system. Fire Alarm Engineers should be involved in the system design process to ensure the right category of system is specified and installed correctly.

If you are looking for a contractor to design or maintain your fire safety systems, make sure you choose a specialist fire alarm engineer who are accredited by BAFE like Midland Fire Security Services Ltd with the right experience for your project.

Need some advice on your next project?

We are here to help answer any questions you have. If you are a main contractor looking for qualified fire alarm engineering subcontractor or a company looking for a specialist please get in touch.