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Diver233

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what’s everyone’s thoughts.

Post Grenfell all fire alarm installers/ maintainers will most likely have to prove competency of fire alarm system. So potentially just being a qualified spark won’t give you the correct certification.
So a new qualification is coming in, it will be similar to the 18th edition exam but based on BS5839-1:2017.
It has been developed so that as a spark you have the base skills for cables etc, but just need to prove you can select and install the correct equipment in the correct place. So basically knowing BS5839-1.
This will be a full level 3 qualification recognised by Ofqual.
 
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who installs hard wired fire alarms these days though? 2 weeks of 2 hairy arsed installers running 200m of FP200, disrupting business and decor, as opposed to 1 guy, 1 day installing wireless detection. total no brainer.
 
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Evening , got something going on down here. Complex of holiday lets we do work for have had safety assessment by fire brigade, voluntary, they called them in to make sure they were compliant. Amongst masses of other items was an insistence on hard wirec, linked alarms, on dedicated circuit. Also emergency lighting to be fitted. Disagreements were had, a prohibition order on this year's lets was placed, (now under review). This has now gone legal while they argue about what to do "going forward!"
 
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I think it is a great idea. Too many people doing stuff without being qualifies or competent.

Emergency lighting should be next.
 
Diver233

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who installs hard wired fire alarms these days though? 2 weeks of 2 hairy arsed installers running 200m of FP200, disrupting business and decor, as opposed to 1 guy, 1 day installing wireless detection. total no brainer.
Telectrix, Post Grenfell won’t matter if you are doing radio or hard wired you will still need to prove competence of BS5839-1 . So the question still stands, or put it another way quoting clause 3.12 how do you prove competence of installing that system.

I understand what you are saying and if all radio was totally reliable over a ten to fifteen year period I would agree, but in my opinion after installing and inspecting many £m worth of radio jobs we are not at that point yet. If someone brings out a cost effective 10 year battery life reliable that does not need hard wired boosters all over the place I’d agree entirely.
 
Diver233

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Evening , got something going on down here. Complex of holiday lets we do work for have had safety assessment by fire brigade, voluntary, they called them in to make sure they were compliant. Amongst masses of other items was an insistence on hard wirec, linked alarms, on dedicated circuit. Also emergency lighting to be fitted. Disagreements were had, a prohibition order on this year's lets was placed, (now under review). This has now gone legal while they argue about what to do "going forward!"
This is a classic one, the holiday let’s would need to prove the system beyond doubt will be suitable and sufficient, don’t get me wrong the FRS are often incorrect but for some it’s cheaper to just do what they want rather than going legal with it.
One of the big hotel chains decided to change bedroom smoke detectors to heats, FRS didn’t like it so took them court, the hotel company fought it and many hundreds of thousands of pounds later and ruling by the governments chief fire adviser at the time Sir Ken Knight the hotel company were found not in breach of the RRO.
But most companies won’t risk doing that and just do what they are asked by FRS.
 
westward10

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What has any of this to do with Grenfell?
The fire spread there was a structural issue not a fire alarm problem.
 
Diver233

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Westward do you live in a cave with no Tv or news ?.

Post Grenfell 11 working groups have been set up due to report back to government June this year.
Whilst a lot of it will mainly focus on HRRB, WG2 Installers (the one I’m on) is concentrating on competency of installers and maintainers, and not just fire engineers. Electricians, plumbers, joiners, roofers, fire engineers etc.
Government required the WG to report back with credible options of how people can prove competency in their field of work.
The Hackett report recommended 53 changes, the Government has said it will act on all 53.

http://www.frmjournal.com/news/news_detail.cic-welcomes-second-hackitt-competence-report.html

Approved document B is being rewritten also .
 
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Amongst masses of other items was an insistence on hard wired, linked alarms, on dedicated circuit.
That just goes to show how stupid these decision makers are - people will just turn the circuit off.

And who exactly is going to be "policing this" - because Part P "policing has been such a success ............. not.
 
Diver233

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Hackitt recommended the creation of a Joint Competent Authority (JCA), which will merge the LABC (Building Control) with the local fire authority and the Health and Safety Executive. This means more visits on building sites and more scrutiny on how things are being built.
 
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This is OTT - domestically it is so basic I don't see an issue, over and above domestic then you are often required to liaise with the fire services and building control so other than routing and installing the wiring which is covered even in the BS7671 then I see this as just another money cash cow scheme targeting our trade.

Cowboy installers will still be cowboy installers and won't take the course.
 
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