As those in the Fire Industry are already aware, there is an imminent skills gap in terms of competent installers, technicians and engineers, with too few people coming into the industry to replace the experienced and knowledgeable professionals as they retire. Part of the problem seems to be that the Fire industry is largely ‘invisible’ to school and college leavers and without a career path and recognised qualifications, it’s quite hard for them to find out where to begin and where a career might lead.

    Following the success of its courses earlier in the year, the Fire Depot Academy is pleased to announce the dates of its forthcoming Autumn 2018 courses as follows:

    10 – 13 September 2018: Four Day Fire Extinguisher 'New Technician' Course:

    Three days of theory and practical training followed by ‘Theory and practice of servicing portable fire extinguishers in accordance with the requirements of BS 5306 Parts 3 and 8’ examination on day four (invigilated by BAFE). The content of the course covers requirements of BS 5306-3 ‘Servicing and Maintenance’ and BS 5306-8 ‘Selecting and Positioning’. Delegates achieving 75% or more in each of the theory and practical assessments will receive the ‘Theory and practice of servicing portable fire extinguishers in accordance with the requirements of BS 5306 Parts 3 and 8’ examination certificate (issued by BAFE). This is part of the requirements in becoming a BAFE SP101 Registered Fire Extinguisher Technician.” For more information on what the course specifically covers, please click here.

    15 October 2018: Fire Extinguisher Servicing & Maintenance Refresher Training Course:

    A one-day refresher course on fire extinguisher servicing and maintenance. The course will provide trained technicians with valuable updates regarding legislation and standards, innovation in fire extinguisher technology and industry best practice, and will ensure compliance with the recommendations of BS 5306 for regular refresher training.

    Laurie Pollard, Managing Partner at Fire Depot commented: ‘We were delighted with the feedback from the delegates who attended our courses earlier in the year.  ‘Highly educational’ and ‘enjoyable’ were the words used by many.

    ‘We know that these days our customer’s customers look not just for a good price but also for a reliable and trustworthy service. In a service-based industry, quality of delivery is key so  engineers need to provide a professional service and their knowledge can really help them stand out from competitors.  The Fire Depot Academy training courses aim to help engineers either acquire or refresh that all important knowledge’.

    For further information on the courses in September and October and for future dates, please visit the Fire Depot Academy Eventbrite pages.

    Keeping commercial and industrial premises safe from fire is a huge responsibility. Fire Depot has been the UK's favourite fire safety supplier for over 50 years. Our experienced team can offer advice and guidance about any product or fire safety application. For expert help and advice, please contact the Fire Depot team on 0330 999 2233, email us at or visit to see our full range of fire safety products.


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