What's new at the Fire Industry Association for
The Fire Industry
Association (FIA), Europe's largest trade association for the fire protection
sector, has lots of new and exciting things for visitors at FIREX.
Those visiting the
stand will be pleasantly delighted at the new and improved FIA Bar, where
guests can relax, unwind, have a drink, and catch up with new and old colleagues. It's a great space for networking
and a great space to meet with other members of the Association.
Membership of the FIA
has been growing at an exponential rate over the last year – over 800
companies nationwide are now members, with some joining from outside the UK.
Membership of the FIA has some excellent benefits – use of the FIA logo on all
your marketing materials such as your website and vehicles for added
credibility, discounts on British Standards and all FIA training and
qualifications, and access to exclusive members-only technical councils,
working groups, and events.
Known throughout the
industry as the hub of technical excellence, the FIA has a wealth of technical
expertise on a range of areas from fire detection and alarms, to extinguishing
systems, to fire risk assessment and more. If you have a technical question, visit
the FIA stand to have a chat with a technical manager who will be able to
provide you with technical advice and guidance.
Lastly, but certainly
not least, visit the FIA stand to have a chat about the qualifications that the
FIA has to offer. Qualifications are all Level 3 on the Regulated
Qualifications Framework (RQF), and will qualify a technician to design,
install, maintain, or commission fire detection and alarm systems.
Each qualification is
comprised of four units of study – the Foundation unit, Health and Safety,
Environmental, and one specialist advanced unit from a list of four options:
Designer, Installer, Maintainer, or Commissioner. The selection of the
specialist unit will determine the qualification gained (Installer gets you a
qualification in fire detection and alarm installation, and so forth).
New for 2019 is the
addition of an FIA ECS card – which lists all qualifications gained on the back
of the card and features the FIA logo.
The FIA will be
presenting a number of seminars at FIREX where you can learn more about the
qualification structure, topics studied, and any required pre-learning, as well
as the new FIA ECS card. You can also find out more about any of the above –
and pick up a prospectus – at the FIA bar, where FIA staff will be on hand to
explain the courses in detail and help you with any training requests.