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On the morning of Wednesday 12th July, Hertfordshire Fire Rescue Service received a late fire call to an incident at Longdean School, a Maths and Computing Academy in Hemel Hempstead. Upon arrival the fire crews discovered that a small fire had occurred in one of the technology classroom spaces.
It was identified that the fire had been effectively extinguished by the operation of a fixed sprinkler system installed in the school, not only did the sprinkler system extinguish the fire, it also prevented the fire from spreading causing further damaged to the school structure.
All pupils were evacuated safely and the school closed to ensure the safety of pupils and cleanup operations to take place. It re-opened the following day.
BAFSA has reprinted Safer High Rise Living ... The Callow Mount Sprinkler Retrofit Project".
In his Preface, BAFSA's Chief Executive Keith MacGillivray writes:
It gives me no pleasure in writing this preface to our reprinted case study into the retrofitting of sprinklers in Callow Mount multi-storey block in Sheffield. None of us will ever forget the scenes that were shown on our media following the tragic fire in Grenfell Tower in London. To date we still do not know the final death toll and perhaps we never will. How could this fire happen in one of the richest areas of London? This fire would have been shocking wherever it occurred, however the setting of West Central London brings home the true reality of fire in a multi-storey housing block in the UK.
We in BAFSA have no doubt that this tragic event could have been avoided had the block been fitted with automatic fire sprinklers, sprinklers would have controlled or extinguished the initial fire preventing the subsequent spread to the exterior cladding.
I encourage you to consider acting on the recommendations to ensure further needless loss of life does not occur in our multi-storey housing in the UK.
Skilled but not qualified?
Take the next step in your career by getting a qualification in Fire Sprinkler Installation.
NPTC Group of Colleges delivers the IQ Level 2 Certificate in Fire Sprinkler Installation and the extra good news is, employers could be eligible for up to 70% off the full cost. Just give us a call and one of our trained staff will be on hand to answer any questions and provide you with the support you need in getting the right course and qualification
Delivery involves Training at our Centre in Neath Port Talbot combined with on-site Assessment
If you would like further information on establishing eligibility, please contact NPTC on 01639 648143
Walking With The Wounded are working in partnership with BAFSA, and will be running a pilot programme which will be aimed at Ex Service personnel from the North of England who are looking for a career as a fire sprinkler installer. All candidates will need to be able to work and train at our membership companies in the North West (Manchester and surrounding area.
The programme will enable semi and non-skilled Ex-Servicemen and women to train initially as sprinkler installers and once qualified you will see an uplift to trade rates of pay on qualification and the opportunity to earn generous productivity bonuses.
This offer is free training with a living wage and a career with BAFSA member companies to become part of dedicated, hardworking, trade-qualified workforce in the years ahead.
Trainees will earn c. £17000 pa during their training and once qualified, IQ Level 2 Certificate in Fire Sprinkler Installation (QCF), they will earn considerably more.
The programme will be delivered by the Manchester College (TMC) and BAFSA supported by Walking with the wounded and RFEA.
Each individual will be employed directly by the employer on completion of the CSCS and Health and Safety qualifications. This training will take place and be delivered by TMC initially over a 2 to 3 week period. Once in employment individuals will be required to attend TMC one day a week on day release. The remaining four days will be spent within the workplace working alongside employees.
The programme will be for the duration of 12 months and on completion employment will be continued by each candidate that has undertaken the course. (Obviously this is subject to good behaviour etc.)
Employers will be engaged by BAFSA, WWTW and TMC collectively prior to any individual being placed with them.
View the BAFSA webpage (www.bafsa.org.uk) for more information on working in the industry.
To apply, candidates must please provide an up to date CV and a covering letter that indicates why they believe that a BAFSA member company should employ them.
Candidates should also indicate in the letter:
1. That they are free to sign a contract of employment.
2. That they are aware that they will have an obligation to travel to work and training when required and that they understand that this is their responsibility.
The Manchester College, Neath Port Talbot College, S. Wales and Llandrillo College, North Wales confirm delivery of four courses to commence in Autumn 2017 with a further two to commence in January 2018.