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Adam Bannister was Editor of IFSEC Global from 2014 through to November 2019. Adam is also a former Managing Editor at Dynamis Online Media Group.
July 13, 2015

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Fire Door Inspection Scheme Appoints New Manager as Neil Ashdown Steps Down

kevin hulanThe Fire Door Inspection Scheme has appointed a new manager with the outgoing Neil Ashdown remaining involved in an ambassadorial role.

Kevin Hulin, who will also remain chairman of the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) Fire Resisting Glazing Group, a member of the BWF-CERTIFIRE Management Committee and an active participant in the Institute of Architectural Ironmongers London group, takes up the reins.

Hulin joins the FDIS at a time when its certificated inspectors, which help property managers meet their legal obligations under the Fire Safety Order, have doubled in number over the last year – taking numbers up to the highest ever level.

The scheme is also now offering fire door inspection expertise online so that anyone can now locate their local specialist through the FDIS website.

“The correct specification, maintenance and management of fire doors can be the difference between life and death for building occupants,” said Hulin. “Unfortunately they remain a significant area of neglect, too often mismanaged throughout their service life, propped open, damaged and badly maintained.

“Fire door breaches are still one of the most common fines implemented under the Fire Safety Order, 10 years since this law was introduced.

“I am very excited to be taking over the reins from Neil Ashdown. He has done a fantastic job in raising the fire door management agenda with property and health and safety managers and I am looking forward to building on what he has achieved.”

Established by BWF-CERTIFIRE and the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers The Fire Door Inspection Scheme provides a comprehensive source of information about how to install and maintain fire doors, backed by an online education programme and test that leads to a recognised diploma.

Diploma holders can also choose, subject to successful assessment of their knowledge and skills, to become certificated fire door Inspectors.

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