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The British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association is the UK's trade association for the fire sprinkler industry and celebrated its 40th birthday in 2014.
The association's members install more than 85% of the sprinkler and watermist installations in the UK and include a significant majority of third-party certified sprinkler installers as well as manufacturers, suppliers, contractors, insurers, the fire and rescue services and others with an interest in the field. Increasingly the association has offered a home to smaller companies just entering the market and now represents a large number of companies offering installing domestic and residential fire sprinkler systems. Many of the association's members also design and install watermist systems.
BAFSA's primary objectives include providing authoritative information on the benefits of sprinkler systems and how sprinklers can play a significant role in saving life and property from the devastating effects of fire. To these ends, BAFSA works closely with the government, fire and rescue service, building control officers, insurers, architects and town planners. The association is dedicated to making sure that sprinkler systems are installed to the highest professional standards. BAFSA also has links with overseas bodies including the American Fire Sprinkler Association.
BAFSA is represented on a range of government-sponsored bodies and is involved in participating in the decision-making processes in respect of fire safety legislation, codes of practice and technical standards at British and European level.
BAFSA represents the views of its members in British Standards Institute committees and other technical forums such as the insurance body the RISC Authority, the BRE Global Standing Panel and BRE Global Governing Body. BAFSA is also pleased to work with the Sprinkler Coordination Group, the Business Sprinkler Alliance, National Fire Sprinkler Network, the European Fire Sprinkler Network and the Fire Sector Federation (http://www.firesectorfederation.co.uk) in the furtherance of its aims to reduce the toll of death, suffering, property damage, environmental pollution and economic impact which results from fire.