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Sprinkler save : factory

Chippenham semi-conductor manufacturer

At around 2215 on Saturday 3rd September a fire broke out in a ground floor test area of a semi conductor manufacturer in Langley Park, Chippenham, Wiltshire.

The electrical fire  activated one pendant sprinkler head on the wet pipe system within the two storey factory and the fire was reported to be ‘out on arrival’.

Details of this incident were confused by the fact that a large fire service attendance and protracted incident was reported. It however turned out that this was due to a roof collapse at the building caused by heavy and persistent rain in the locality. Sadly the roof collapse caused more disruption than the fire.

BAFSA urges members & the wider fire community to support MP's motion

Kate Hoey MP for Vauxhall and Mary Glindon MP for North Tyneside have confirmed their dismay at the government's proposals to do away with sprinklers in new schools. They have tabled an Early Day Motion as follows:


That this House deplores the decision to scrap the expectation that sprinklers will be installed in all new school buildings except for low risk schools; believes that such a retrograde measure could compromise the safety of children, staff, local communities and firefighters; recognises that sprinkler systems help ensure swift evacuation from fires; notes that sprinklers have helped save 17 schools from major fire damage; further notes that the average cost of a large school fire is now £2.8 million; and calls on the Government to reintroduce these vital requirements forthwith.

Anyone who agrees with this statement is urged to contact their local MP  and encourage them to sign the EDM (Early day motion 468 : Session: 2016-17 - Date tabled: 14.09.2016)  in support of Kate Hoey MP and Mary Glindon MP.



Certificate in Fire Sprinkler Installation awarded government funding

The L2 Certificate in Fire Sprinkler Installation is confirmed as a qualification of note following award of government funding.

The L2 Certificate in Fire Sprinkler Installation, developed by BAFSA, has been awarded government funding within England. This qualification aimed at individuals employed in the fire sprinkler industry is intended for people employed in installing fire sprinklers to develop the knowledge and competencies necessary to meet the industry standards for an installation role. The qualification serves two main purposes: confirming occupational competence and confirming competence in an occupational role to the standards required by industry.

The L2 Certificate was the first of its kind focussing on the sprinkler industry and its merits and value is reflected in this achievement.

BAFSA Skills & Qualifications Adviser, Ruth Oliver had this to say on hearing the news: I cannot express what a coup it is to achieve government funding. For industry to come together to develop a qualification is an achievement in itself, to gain government funding is beyond expectation and adds value and worth, making this a qualification that cannot and should not be ignored”.

The government funding which is only applicable in England, now enables The Manchester College  to offer the course to BAFSA members for £450 and £500 for non-members for the  academic year (September 2016-July 2017) This represents a more than 50% reduction in course fees.

Please contact Ruth via if you any queries.

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