Fire protection solutions manufacturer Advanced has launched two new courses to understand BS 8629 Code of Practice recommendations and the EvacGo system designed to meet these recommendations. ‘A Guide to Meeting BS 8629’ is a continuing professional development course, approved by the FIA and the CPD Certification Service, suitable for fire safety in tall residential buildings.
It is delivered online by the Advanced evacuation alert team, Ken Bullock, Advanced’s Business Development Manager, and Shaun Scott, Applications Engineer for Evacuation Alert Systems. The one-hour session covers a range of essential BS 8629 facts, from key clauses, evacuation alert zones, and citing of devices, to evacuation alert control and indicating equipment, its commissioning, and handover.
EvacGo for Installers and Engineers
Advanced has also launched a new training program for its EvacGo evacuation alert system. The training course is aimed primarily at installers and engineers and covers practical content including panel and software configuration guidance.
Advanced’s EvacGo training program offers partners free workshops which not only cover theory but also applied exercises and tests, ensuring good working knowledge of all aspects of the EvacGo equipment and software.
Online Training Opportunities
Ken Bullock, Business Development Manager – Evacuation Alert Systems said, “Over the past year we’ve witnessed increasing demand from our customers and end-users for online education and training opportunities. This has led to the introduction of our webinar program, online training modules, and our video tutorial series.”
“At a time when many fire industry professionals are viewing lockdown as an opportunity to upskill, our new CPD presentation is a great way to improve understanding of the BS 8629 Code of Practice, the relevant evacuation alert system equipment, and your responsibilities as a consultant, fire risk assessor or fire protection specialist. As a bonus to participants, all content is approved by the CPD Certification Service and the FIA, who have both recognized it as a robust training offering that helps to boost competency and knowledge of the latest standards.”
BS 8629:2019 for Fire and Rescue Services
BS 8629:2019 is the new Code of Practice for the design, installation, commissioning, and maintenance of evacuation alert systems for use by fire and rescue services in England.
In place since November 2019, this code of practice recommends the installation of a dedicated evacuation alert system intended for the sole use of the fire and rescue services and separate from the building’s fire alarm system. It is relevant to blocks of flats with a story located at a height of more than 18 meters above ground level.
Although not yet a legal requirement in England, evacuation alert control and indicating equipment (EACIE) installation is already mandatory in new buildings containing flats over 18 meters in Scotland and considered best practice by several fire and rescue services.