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Do you install or commission fire alarms? Here are 7 reasons to attend FIM Expo

FIM-Expo logoIf you install or commission fire alarms, you think you’ve probably seen all the kit you possibly could by now.

Bit of wire here, manual call point there, fire alarm sounder there. But the industry is evolving and new developments are happening all the time. New products, new equipment, new gadgets.

Luckily for you, FIM Expo is just around the corner, taking place on Wednesday 12 October, RAF Museum, Cosford. So without further ado, here’s seven things you need to know about FIM Expo.

#1: You can get your hands on all the kit you like and have a try before you buy

Yes ladies and gents, there really is nothing better than actually being able to see how the kit works before you decide to go ahead with it. Exhibitors love nothing more than explaining all their new products, so you can get a demonstration of how it works and get all your questions answered.

#2: No long queues

FIM Expo is a smaller show, so there is no queuing to get in, no waiting for your turn to see your favourite exhibitor, and a much more efficient way of visiting lots of different manufacturers at once. None of the fuss and hustle and bustle of the bigger shows.

Aston Bowles from Advanced, one of the exhibitors, commented: ‘There’s nothing else like FIM Expo in the UK. It’s a unique opportunity to have informal and detailed conversations with the leading manufacturers in a relaxed environment. Everyone who attends gives us good feedback and we think it’s a great place to meet and [give solutions to] customers.’

#3: A unique experience – there’s gonna be helicopters. And planes. And old fashioned cars

Yes you read that right. This year FIM Expo is at the RAF Cosford Museum in one of their most delightful hangars. So after you’ve finished chatting away to the exhibitors, you get the chance to wander around the museum as well. I’ve been; it’s actually really quite fascinating.

#4: You can find out which bits of kit are compatible with kit you might already be familiar with.

My god it can get frustrating when you find out that your panel that you’ve just bought is not compatible with the rest of the kit you currently install. Argh. Nightmare. Sometimes you really need an expert opinion to guide you on your way. Our exhibitors will be on hand to discuss all your need and field all of those awkward: ‘Does this thing work with this old bit of kit I have? Or do I need to buy everything new again?’ questions.


#5: Learn about the new Emergency Lighting Standard

Get there early and secure your space, because we’re putting on a free seminar at 11am. Lead by industry expert, Ian Watts of Hochiki, you’ll learn about all the new changes that are being introduced. Ian frequently presents the FIA training, so you can guarantee that you’re getting the best quality information presented in an informative and helpful way. The seminar is helpfully titled ‘Emergency lighting legislative update prior to the official BSI November launch and July 2016 early release of BS 5266 part 1.’ Catchy.

#6: BAFE are presenting

Stephen Adams from BAFE will be discussing the benefits and developments in Third Party Certification and how this best demonstrates your competence in the fire safety industry. With multiple competitors on the market, Third Party Certification is a clear and effective route to distinguishing your company as a quality, professional provider. This seminar starts after lunch at 2pm, so finish up your sandwich and head to the seminar room to find out how getting Third Party Certified could benefit your business.

Both seminars are CPD accredited, too. Can you believe all of this is free? Ker-ching!

#7: Free lunch

Yep, free tea and coffee. Free lunch. What more could anyone want?


When? Wednesday 12th October 2016.

Opening times: Doors open at 9.30am. Entry is free but you will need to register to ensure entry into the exhibition.

The show closes at 4pm. We recommend getting there in good time so that you can collect your visitor’s badge, grab a coffee, and take in all the sights.

Click here to register. Pop in your details. It’s all free.

About the FIA: A not-for-profit trade association promoting professional standards in the UK fire safety industry.

The Association was formed in April 2007 out of a merger between two longstanding and well-respected trade associations, FETA (Fire Extinguishing Trade Association) and BFPSA (British Fire Protection Systems Association). The FIA is ‘owned’ by its members, which means that they are answerable to and representative of their members.

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