The Fire Industry Association (FIA) has announced its training programme for 2011, providing a wide range of courses to offer those working within the many areas of fire safety with the knowledge and the practical skills to ensure they are up to date with all the latest industry developments.
The FIA has now successfully trained more than 30,000 delegates, from fire system designers to end users, and the 2011 programme is even more extensive, with some 148 course dates scheduled at venues throughout the UK. The FIA has its own, purpose-built dedicated training facility in Hampton but also recognises the benefits of taking the training courses out to other locations. A Voice of the Customer day was held at the FIAs offices in October to gain an insight into what FIA members and prospective members are looking for from the association. Based on the feedback from this event, a number of new locations have been added for courses in 2011, including Newcastle, Northampton, Norwich, Ipswich and Plymouth.
For anybody looking for training in fire safety, the focus should be on the respective standards that underpin and regulate the industry. Included in these are fire detection and alarm systems (BS 5839); portable fire extinguishers (BS 5306); fixed extinguishing systems (BS 6266) and emergency lighting (BS 5266).
New for 2011 is a combined course which is being implemented following a successful trial in 2010. The course covers Units 1, 4 and 5 of the FIA programme, namely Fire Detection Design, Installation & Testing and Fire Alarm Maintenance respectively.
Training is an essential part of the competency process. Qualifications recognised by those that operate within the fire industry not only provide peace of mind for the end user but also the means to provide a method of proving that a competent person was employed, should such proof be required.
All FIA courses are registered with the Chartered Institute of Building Service Engineers (CIBSE) and provide CPD (Continuing Professional Development) points.
Amongst the other available courses are a refresher course for portable fire extinguisher maintenance, a course dedicated to Fluorinated Greenhouses Gases (F-Gas) and a recently added course on Electrical competency which provides fire alarm technicians/engineers with the knowledge to enable them to work safely on the electrical supply to fire alarm systems.
Ian Gurling, FIA Training Manager, comments The voice of the customer day we held generated some very useful feedback in terms of what companies and individuals are looking for from their training. The modular approach that we continue to employ is certainly popular and the need to extend our reach in terms of geographic locations has lead us to adopt a number of new venues for 2011, reducing travelling time and costs - an important factor at a time when the focus is very much on the bottom line for all businesses.
More information on the FIA range of courses is available at www.fia.uk.com with a section of the new website dedicated solely to training, including an on-line booking facility.