BAFE (British Approvals for Fire Equipment) is the independent third party registration body for the fire protection industry. It promotes quality in fire safety services through third party certificated schemes, which are a measure of the quality required to provide fire protection services. The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) backs third party certificated schemes and BAFE works with the UKAS accredited certificated bodies to approve companies.
BAFE has been running for more than 25 years and its objective is to bring to the marketplace a registration scheme for the fire protection industry. It’s important to note that BAFE is not a certification body, but it is a voluntary co-operation platform for UKAS certified bodies.
BAFE’s schemes are designed for each individual product or service within the fire protection industry. Here’s a run-down of BAFE schemes as of 06/02/2015:
- Fire Detection and Alarm Systems Scheme
- Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment
- Contract Maintenance of Portable Fire Extinguishers incorporating Registered Fire Extinguisher Service Technicians’ Scheme
- Emergency Lighting scheme
- Manufacture of Portable Fire Extinguishers
- Manufacture of Fire Blankets
- Refurbishment of Portable Fire Extinguishers
- Fire Detection and Alarm Systems (LPS 1014)
- Fixed Extinguishing Systems (LPS 1204)
- Scheme Document for the Assessment of Applicant Certification Bodies
- Fixed Gaseous Fire Suppression Systems
What’s the point?
You may be wondering what the point is to any of the above schemes.
BAFE is for quality companies providing services in the fire protection industry. The trouble is, customers have no way of knowing whether a company is high quality or not. BAFE registration for a company can open new doors and convince prospects to trust in their services. In a recent survey of 500 major users of fire protection services, over 60% said that they positively used BAFE registration as a purchasing criteria and 88% knew about BAFE and its schemes.
In buying your fire protection from a BAFE registered company, you are assured of quality.
BAFE is headed by Chief Executive Stephen Adams. Other personnel include Technical Schemes Manager Tony Maskens, Schemes and Finance Administrator Yvonne Williams, Field Assessor Peter Chilton, Field Assessor Frank Jackson, Scheme Verifier and Examinations Co-ordinator Peter Cant and Field Assessor Dominic Cook. Most have been with BAFE for over five years.
Getting in touch
Write: The Fire Service College, London Road, Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire GL56 0RH.
Telephone: 0844 355 0897.