FIA Fire Risk Assessment Council
Churchesfire is fully committed to quality in all aspects of the Fire Risk Assessment Council recently formed in 2008, via the Fire Industry Association. One of our Fire Safety Consultants takes an active role on the Council, allowing us instant access to vital information for both our customers and the trade as a whole.
A major objective of the Council is to ensure that members adopt best and ethical practices in their fire risk assessment work. This is of major importance to our customers, as current fire industry legislation states that all premises must undertake a sufficient Fire Risk Assessment – the backbone to all fire safety requirements. Non-compliance carries serious repercussions for the responsible person.
It is envisaged that in the near future, companies carrying out fire risk assessments on behalf of customers will require third party certification as an effective means of providing the fullest possible assurances and offering the quality, reliability and safety lacked by non certified assessments. In the interim, member companies must be able to demonstrate the competence of those carrying out their fire risk assessments. It is also proposed, again until certification schemes are readily available, that certain quality management measures be adopted.
The number of court cases being brought for inadequate fire risk assessments is escalating rapidly. Many of these could have been avoided simply by using a suitable qualified organisation.
IFEDA – Independent Fire Engineering & Distributors Association
Churchesfire has long championed the use of quality products and services within the fire fighting and maintenance trade associations. As such we have taken an active role in IFEDA for many years and one of our directors sits on this committee, which brings all of the nominated committee members together four times a year to discuss all aspects of the association. IFEDA’s main focus is to ensure that quality standards and professionalism in service, delivery and distribution of all fire protection products within the industry are met. It also promotes these benefits to insurance companies, fire authorities, government departments and other fire trade companies.