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JELD-WEN, one of the UK's largest manufacturers of fire doors,
has shown its support for the new FDIS (Fire Door Inspection
Scheme) Diploma by committing five members of its team studying for
the industry-recognised qualification.
The FDIS education programme is backed by the (British
Woodworking Federation) BWF-CERTIFIRE Fire Door & Doorsets
Scheme and the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI). The scheme
is designed for those who wish to improve their professional
knowledge of fire doors and their components from manufacture
through to installation and maintenance.
The ultimate aim of the scheme is to help improve safety and
save lives by creating a new pool of competent experts to help
those with legal responsibilities under the Regulatory Reform (Fire
Safety) Order. It is expected that it will help raise
awareness of defective fire doors and the potentially tragic
consequences of leaving these unchecked.
Chris Miller, Product Manager at JELD-WEN, who is one of those
undertaking the course, said: "We fully support this scheme
and recognise the importance of enhancing fire safety in domestic
and commercial premises. When you consider that there are
12,000 people killed or injured in building fires ever year, it is
easy to see why it is so important that building owners ensure that
all their fire protection systems are in place and operating
correctly. This course is the first step towards ensuring a
much greater level of fire safety in buildings."
Gary Amer, Chief Executive of the Guild of Architectural
Ironmongers (GAI) and spokesman for FDIS comments: "We are
delighted that JELD-WEN is committed to this new scheme and are
confident that once Chris and his colleagues have worked through
the FDIS online education programme they will have expanded their
knowledge of fire doors, which will benefit them and their
The course takes the format of a series of online education
modules, which delegates can study in their own time, followed by
an FDIS Diploma examination at a local centre.
Following successful completion of the course, a number of
JELD-WEN staff will progress to become certificated Fire Door
Inspectors, who will be able to advise building owners about
minimising their fire safety risks and maximizing the safety of
occupants and protecting their premises.
The new course was introduced as all owners of commercial or
public premises are required by law to undertake an annual fire
risk assessment as part of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety)
Order introduced in 2006, which stated that operators of venues
must take full responsibility for fire safety
The fire risk assessment should identify fire safety management
processes, fire hazards and risks and any remedial work required
and training requirements. Fire doors are an essential part
of the fire risk assessment as they ensure buildings are
compartmentalized, helping to prevent the spread of flame and
allowing means of escape.
For more information on JELD-WEN's range of fire doors, contact
your nearest stockist by calling 0845 122 2890 or by visiting the
For more information about the Diploma course visit www.FDIS.co.uk