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2 places on unique Sprinkler Installation course

The Manchester College have advised that there are 2 places still available on the IQ L2 Certificate in Fire Sprinkler Installation, day release course commencing on 15th May.

This course, devised by BAFSA, is unique being the only nationally recognised qualification for sprinkler installers. It is intended for people employed in installing fire sprinklers to develop the knowledge and competences necessary to meet the industry standards for the installation role. The framework of the qualification should provide sufficient flexibility for the variations in different jobs and locations.

To register or learn more please contact the BAFSA Skills & Qualifications Adviser Email :


Sprinkler Save : student accommodation, Southampton

A student was cooking with oil which burst into flames. When the student panicked and doused the fire  in water instantly causing a considerable change in pressure, thus in volume, and then it exploded.
A single sprinkler head operated and eventuality controlled and suppressed the fire.

Vanessa Lillington of Liberty Living , thanked BAFSA member, J&J Sprinklers  for their prompt response.

Sprinklers dealt with a potentially devastating situation preventing considerable damage and injury.


60 new homes in Hove to be protected by sprinklers

Housing association Hyde has submitted plans to build 60 homes on the derelict Sackville Hotel site on Hove seafront.

Basement parking is included under the 60 flats.

The proportion and mix of affordable homes is yet to be agreed with Brighton and Hove City Council which is expected to decide whether to approve the scheme in the summer. Profits from the sale of homes to private buyers will be used to fund social housing elsewhere – much of it in the local area.

Hyde development director Tom Shaw said: “This will deliver a landmark building for Hove seafront while respecting its neighbours and raising the bar in terms of quality of design.”

“The proposal includes a fire sprinkler system within the block, in excess of current building regulations.”

Hyde added: “The design also includes a number of measures to reduce its environmental footprint, reducing carbon emissions by over 19 per cent compared to the Building Regulations standard, with 15 per cent of the overall energy demand for the block offset by use of solar panels and the balance offset by high levels of thermal insulation.

Read the full story in the Brighton & Hove News here

BAFSA seminar - 3rd May - Protecting new homes, 21st century developments & the elderly

Wednesday 3rd May 1015-1515

Hosted by Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service

Parkside Place Community Fire Station, Parkside, Cambridge CB1 1JF

The programme for this one-day seminar will focus on the benefits and practicalities of installing automatic fire sprinklers in modern houses and new community developments.

1015 : Registration

1045 : Welcome remarks : Maurice Moore Area Commander, Cambridgeshire FRS & Keith MacGillivray MBE, Chief Executive, BAFSA

1055 : Protecting families, communities and businesses in modern developments and new communities - Stewart Kidd, BAFSA

1130 : Protection of the elderly & vulnerable in care - Steve Seaber, BAFSA

1205 : The results of Pilot Studies on installing sprinklers in various styles and sizes of new homes - Ritchie O'Connell, BAFSA

1240 : Q&A to the morning’s speakers

1250 : Lunch

1350 : Case Study : Installing sprinklers to protect a new development from fire  - Shaun Bennett, Derby Homes

1425 : Effectiveness and reliability of sprinklers - Steve Seaber, BAFSA

1500 : Q&A to the afternoon’s speakers

1510 : Closing remarks & disperse

This is destined to be an interesting and lively event and we hope you and your colleagues will join us. 

Click here to book your places now.

Sprinkler Save : retail, Southampton

Marks and Spencer in the West Quay shopping centre had a lucky escape when the sprinkler system extinguished a fire which broke out in a row of industrial refrigerators, damaging two items.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue said that without the sprinkler system safety feature the entire row of 20 products would have probably been destroyed in addition to potential damage to other stock and a possible costly closure to the store.

Four sets of breathing apparatus, two hoses and tactical ventilation was used to battle the blaze which was extinguished in a little less than an hour.