Throughout April and into the foreseeable future the FIA will continue providing its online CPD sessions across the breadth of the fire industry with '99% of delegates saying that the training meets their needs well to extremely well and 98% are satisfied or very satisfied with the CPD content. Hundreds of enthusiastic delegates took part in the FIA’s second industry-recognized online CPD day. The fire industry has adapted incredibly well to the impacts of COVID-19 and it has not hindered individuals improving their skill sets and level of competency. Online training solution Here is what Chris Tilley the FIA Membership Manager had to say: “We have been really pleased to see the level of engagement with the new portfolio of CPD material we have launched recently with good booking numbers. The feedback from delegates has been overwhelmingly positive regarding content, delivery and the knowledge of instructors. Just as well as we have more planned for next month with repeats in case you have missed out and some new topics. Proud to be able to continue to educate the industry in this tough period.” During the first online CPD presentation, delegates proved keen to interact and engage with both the trainers Using the latest technology to provide the highest quality of remote training, they offer an online training solution that facilitates learner interaction with the trainers to provide an experience that is as close to a classroom as possible. During the first online CPD presentation, delegates proved keen to interact and engage with both the trainers which really brought the session to life; they will post these Q&A on their next edition of FOCUS. Nationally recognized qualifications The importance of fire safety has not changed despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the FIA needs to continue providing fire safety personnel with access to learning and development opportunities. Their comprehensive portfolio of online qualifications, now available, serves as a great opportunity to improve the knowledge and skills and prove their level of competency with nationally recognized qualifications. They strongly recommend employers to consider the opportunity of turning this difficult and uncertain time into something positive by choosing to improve their workforces’ skill set through their online training making good use of their time while working remotely. Whilst the environment has temporarily shifted online, the training remains at the same level of excellence.
The next Fire Industry Manufacturers’ (FIM) Expo which will take place Wednesday 16th October, 2019. This time the FIM Expo will take place at Sheffield United Football Club. Organized by the Fire Industry Association (FIA), FIM Expo features many of the UK's pioneer fire detection and alarm manufacturers and focuses on showcasing the latest products and developments in this sector of the industry.A wide range of exhibitors are confirmed so far: Advanced Global Fire Equipment Ampac Haes Systems Apollo Hochiki Baldwin Boxall Kentec BAFE Lan Control Systems C-Tec Morley-IAS Eaton Nittan Eurotech SSAIB Everlux Sterling Safety Systems FFE Vimpex FirePro Xtralis Fire protection systems Fire protection systems The FIM Expo is for anyone working in this area, whether as an installer or maintainer of fire detection and alarm systems, a manager of such systems in commercial premises or as an architect or person specifying what type of fire protection systems should be installed in a building. The FIA will also be hosting two free, CPD accredited, seminars at the Expo. Both sessions will focus on key topics affecting FD&A world. Those interested can meet the Membership Manager and enquire about the benefits of FIA membership First session will start at 10am and Will Lloyd, Technical Manager at the FIA will present the ‘Overview of the Changes to: BS 5839-6:2019’. Second seminar will start right after lunch at 1pm and Ian Moore CEO of the Fire Industry Association will give an introduction to the Interim Report of the Industry Response Group following on from Dame Judith Hackitt’s post Grenfell Tower Review. Fire protection training and qualifications The Fire Industry Association will also have a stand, so that those interested can meet the Membership Manager and enquire about the benefits of FIA membership (which includes discounts on fire protection training and qualifications, and the possibility of a stand at FIM Expo).Chris Tilley, FIA Membership Manager comments that: “Competency and how you prove it is at the forefront of everyone’s mind right now, and if it’s not then it should be. At FIM Expo this October the FIA have invited BAFE and leading certification bodies to offer you a one stop shop solution. Come and visit us to get expert industry advice on how best to achieve competency for your company and engineers”. With an average of 25 exhibitors over the last few years, FIM Expo has grown to become the best local expo for the fire industry. FIM Expo is open from 08.30 to 15.30 on Wednesday 16th October and is free to attend. Parking and refreshments are also available free of charge, including a buffet.