Airvent contributes to FIRAS – the fire safety accreditation scheme
Once again pioneering improvements in the fire safety industry, Airvent has contributed to the development of the FIRAS scheme which aims to set a minimum industry standard for the installation and maintenance of smoke control systems.
Under the FIRAS scheme, certified companies are obliged to employ competent supervisors and technicians who have been assessed by FIRAS inspectors. These competent employees are regularly reviewed, ensuring their technical and practical abilities remain in accordance with FIRAS regulations.
A register of these competent employees must be maintained by every company that is certified under the FIRAS scheme. These registers are regularly reviewed to ensure the company maintains a competent workforce with abilities that remain up to date with the work-scope the company provides.
Once certified, all FIRAS registered companies are subject to random inspections of their installation work by qualified FIRAS inspectors, ensuring all requirements are maintained.
“Smoke ventilation systems are used to save lives and protect assets,” explained Airvent Director Ian Doncaster. “That’s why we feel it’s absolutely vital that people who install or maintain this equipment are qualified and up to date when it comes to the latest products, installation processes and technologies. The FIRAS scheme is the perfect tool to ensure a benchmark of quality and accountability within our industry.”
Smoke control ventilation systems are an integral component of fire safety systems which is why it is vital to ensure they are only designed, installed and maintained by experts. The FIRAS certification scheme makes it much easier to establish who these experts are, and by taking a proactive approach to reviewing the competency of these individuals, ensures they have the experience, expertise and knowledge necessary for the job.
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