FIRAS scheme strives to set industry standard
Competence key in fire safety
Once again pioneering improvements in the fire safety industry Airvent has helped to undertake 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.
Once certified, all FIRAS registered companies are subject to random inspections of their installation and maintenance work by qualified FIRAS inspectors, ensuring all requirements are maintained.
“Smoke ventilation systems are in place to save lives,” explained Airvent MD Tony Barry. “It’s vital that people who install this equipment are qualified in the latest installation and maintenance processes and technologies.”
Smoke control ventilation systems are an integral component of fire safety practice, which is why it is vital to ensure they are only installed and maintained by experts. The FIRAS certification scheme makes it much easier to establish who these experts are and, by using a proactive approach to reviewing the competency of these individuals, ensures they always have the experience, expertise and knowledge necessary for the job.