JELD-WEN Shows Support for Fire Safety

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 clients."

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 themselves.  

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 website www.jeld-wen.co.uk.

For more information about the Diploma course visit www.FDIS.co.uk