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Security installers and fire installers have long been the backbone of the fire and security industries.

The link between manufacturers of fire and security systems and the professionals monitoring CCTV feeds in the control room, installers perform a vital role. They do more than just install CCTV, intruder alarms, access control systems, fire alarms and other systems; they also help customers design a system fit for purpose for their needs – in terms of number and type of cameras, their position, the choice of NVR, VMS and back-up storage, and so on.

Also known as engineers, they increasingly position themselves as ‘integrators’ of increasingly interoperable, disparate systems.

Technological change is transforming physical-security technologies and with it the installer’s role. Continual education is therefore paramount if they are to adapt their business models to thrive in a fast-evolving landscape. Cyber security, for instance, is a major priority as installers upskill, and many are moving beyond merely selling boxes of equipment to a service-based model amid the rise of the cloud and remote maintenance. And, as security and fire systems become more integrated, it is crucial that engineers play their part in protecting devices from potential cyber attacks – an issue that the entire supply chain must address.

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) is aiming to support installers in improving their cyber understanding of physical devices, having launched a cyber security code of practice for engineers in July 2020.


Download: The Intruder Alarm Trend Report

Does your business install, integrate or maintain intruder alarm systems (or have plans to)? This trend report reveals the latest trends and installer insight into the sector, so be sure to take a look!


Apprenticeships in security and fire

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Young apprentices battling it out at the IFSEC & FIREX Engineers of Tomorrow competition

Similarly to many trade-based industries, such as the plumbing, heating and building sectors, there is a widely acknowledged and concerning skills gap in the electrical security and fire engineering profession. Attempts are being made to combat it, with larger installer companies such as SECOM and Banham Security hosting their own apprenticeship training schemes, while external training specialists – the BSIA run Skills for Security, for instance – are also working hard to improve standards and numbers of the next generation of installers coming through.

A major step forward was the implementation of the FESS (Fire, Emergency and Security Systems) apprenticeship standard, following a Government Review of all apprenticeships across England. You can read our guide to the standard, below.

Additional apprenticeship news and initiatives include:

Advice for running your security and fire installation business:


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Ecl-ips buys Security Group and expands COVID-19 services

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Firmware updates for Apollo Test Set released

Apollo Fire Detectors has released a firmware update for the 'Apollo Test Set', designed to save engineers time on site and assist in fault finding. Read More

BSIA urges alarm installers to take action on transition to all IP

The BSIA is urging security installers to take swift action on their alarm signalling estates in advance of the transition to an all IP (Internet Protocol) fibre-based voice service. Read More

Skills for Security announced as Preferred Provider with the JIB

Skills for Security has announced it has successfully achieved and been appointed as a Preferred Provider with The Joint Industry Board. Read More

Security and fire professionals: ‘Keep calm and carry on’

Jamie Allam, CEO Amthal Fire & Security, looks at the critical role of the fire and security industry and highlights that professionals should remain focused on the crucial work they do, despite the challenging situation. Read More

FESS introduces new Occupational Qualification Structure to promote industry skills

The FESS industry has introduced a new Occupational Qualification Structure leading to Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) Card recognition. Read More

NSI delivers FESS Apprenticeship training sessions for employers

NSI took part in an apprenticeship training session with young apprentices at Secom plc, as part of the FESS Apprenticeship scheme. Read More