Adam Bannister

Editor, IFSEC Global

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Adam Bannister is editor of IFSEC Global. A former managing editor at Dynamis Online Media Group, he has been at the helm of the UK's leading fire and security publication since 2014.
October 18, 2017

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UK’s first fire door installation qualification is piloted

The UK’s first fire door installation qualification has been piloted with a view to delivering the full course in December 2017.

Run by NPTC Group of Colleges it is the first qualification in the UK to specifically how to correctly specify and install fire doors.

The pilot was delivered by NPTC Group of Colleges, a British Woodworking Federation (BWF) centre of excellence, on 4 and 5 October 2017 to a group of six advanced Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) modern apprentices.

Course content includes legislation in force pertaining to:

  • Fitting of fire doors, fire door frames and linings
  • Specification and fitting of fire door ironmongery
  • Fitting of fire seals on doors and frames
  • Inclusion of apertures and associated fire regulation related to fitting of glass
  • Effects of use on fire door performance

The qualification will be available in three formats:

  • As an optional unit for apprentices
  • Two to three-day course aimed at experienced tradespeople
  • Four to five-day course for individuals and organisations that specialise in fitting and replacing fire doors

The qualification is expected to link with the Construction Skills Certification Scheme, which is used for larger sites to demonstrate individual competencies.

“Fire doors are often the first line of defence for users of a building in the event of a fire and yet they remain a significant area of neglect.” Hannah Mansell, spokesperson, Fire Door Safety Week

“I am delighted that Wales is once again leading the way on fire safety,” said Ann Jones, Labour Assembly Member for the Vale of Clwyd. “Practical thinking and effective collaboration is needed to drive much needed change and it is particularly encouraging to see the fire door industry and NPTC Group of Colleges working so closely with the British Woodworking Federation and wider industry to meet this challenge head on.

“I very much hope that this pilot is the start of a change process that embeds competence at the heart of construction, increasing skill, knowledge and reducing risk.”

Said Mark Dacey, chief executive of NPTC Group of Colleges: “As NPTC Group of Colleges, we are proud to be a centre of excellence for BWF. The fire door training, a first in the UK, shows clearly the innovative approach the college takes, working with partners and the sector, to meet their needs.

“Coupled with our fire sprinkler courses, the college is in prime position to deliver quality training to make buildings safer and better equipped, to meet modern safety standards.”

Hannah Mansell, spokesperson for Fire Door Safety Week and BWF technical manager, said: “Fire doors are often the first line of defence for users of a building in the event of a fire and yet they remain a significant area of neglect.

“Subsequently, every year lives are lost or put at risk, and property unnecessarily damaged, because fire doors have been wrongly specified, fitted or maintained.

“There are many critical elements to get right in the construction of fire doors, and a host of regulations governing their manufacture, installation and maintenance. But a single mistake in specification, fitting or use can render a fire door ineffective or turn it into a death trap.”

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For fire door installation you should have some qualification. Thanks for sharing such a nice article with us.

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