NPTC Group of Colleges is proud to once again support Fire Door Safety Week (23-29th September 2019).
We currently run, in partnership with the British Woodworking Federation (BWF), training on the correct Installation and Maintenance of Fire Resistant Timber Doors. Since last May we have worked with numerous employers to upskill their staff and have worked closely with several RSLs in Wales. Two of those RSLs have given feedback on why they think it’s so important to have competent staff fitting fire doors.
Jaime Greig, Tai Tarian’s Senior Operations Officer, said: “Fire safety is something Tai Tarian takes seriously and has invested heavily over the last few years on upgrading its communal areas within our blocks of flats as well as full refurbishments of its Haven Housing (Independent Living Accommodation for over 55’s) – this has included fitting upgraded fire doors to the flats themselves as well as cross corridor fire doors.
This left us with a skills gap as our in house Carpenters were not trained to the current regulations set by the industry to undertake maintenance work on the doors that had been installed, and we did not want to be subcontract this work to retain better control of standard and response time.
By working with NPTGroup we were able to provide training for a team of Carpenters to upskill and undertake the maintenance work on our doors that also allows the organisation to make savings, as our Planners can co-ordinate other work to be undertaken whilst at the premises to improve productivity and reduce our carbon footprint.
Andy Styles, Bron Afon’s planned services manager, said: “We’ve got a talented team of trade staff and we are always looking to develop their skills. Fire safety is a priority for us so when we saw this training we jumped at the chance. It has meant our staff have the expertise to fit fire doors to the highest possible standard to ensure they provide the most protection in the event of a fire. Feedback from the staff who did the course earlier this year was really good. They got a lot out the training and were able to immediately put what they learnt into practice.”
The course is designed to be a practical introduction to installing fire doors and covers a range of topics including: the fitting of fire doors, fire door frames and linings; understanding and fitting of fire door ironmongery and seals; the inclusion of apertures and associated fire regulations related to the fitting of glass; and the effects of use on fire door performance.
Numerous events and campaign activities are being held throughout the week along with a free toolkit of resources to help landlords and their tenants with fire door safety advice. For more information visit www.firedoorsafetyweek.co.uk