As a key part of the revision of the SP101 scheme (that came into effect 01/10/2017), BAFE strengthened their Fire Extinguisher Technician Competency Portfolio requirements. This underpins the BAFE on-site assessment and verification and is crucial to a fire extinguisher technician earning the BAFE Fire Extinguisher Technician Diploma. This is required for all fire extinguisher techincians employed by BAFE SP101 Registered organizations.
Key changes to this were as follows:
The Fire Extinguisher Technician Competency Portfolio demonstrates evidence of the industry/field skills and expertise required to competently complete the fire extinguisher works required. To continue to acknowledge BAFE SP101 fire extinguisher technicians as the best in the industry, we check they are skilled and knowledgeable in the following areas:
They must also provide documentation to demonstrate comprehensive understanding of what types of extinguisher should be used and where these should be sited. Evidence must also be provided of original/refresher certificates for the successful completion of the exam‘Theory and practice of servicing portable fire extinguishers in accordance with the requirements of BS 5306 Parts 3 and 8’, Asbestos Awareness and Health and Safety training. Successful completion of the Fire Extinguisher Technician Competency Portfolio, with the BAFE appointed field assessor (and verified by BAFE), is the key element for gaining the BAFE Fire Extinguisher Diploma. Elements of technician competency will be monitored on an ongoing basis during field assessments every three years.