Last week we delivered a Fire Extinguisher Maintenance Course in Ossett, West Yorkshire. All delegates attending had very little or no experience in the subject matter. The course was certainly an eye opener for all concerned. The course does not just cover the practical skills required. There is a considerable amount of theory involved. Delegates were assessed at the end of the course. The assessment included a two hour written assessment. In order for delegates to answer these questions fully we have therefore to deliver all the theoretical content.
Once the written assessment is completed, the delegates had to undertake a practical assessment servicing a number of extinguishers.
A pass is achieved when at least 75% of the written and practical marks have been attained.
Successful delegates will then receive a nationally recognised qualification usually referred to as a BAFE certificate. These delegates then should attend a one day Refresher Course as detailed in BS5306-3:2009 to re-validate their qualification.
Although employers would usually fund the course for their staff, it is quite common for individuals to fund the course themselves with a view to gaining employment in the fire industry. This would should show commitment to a prospective employer and save an employer course costs and time away from the workplace whilst attending the training.
Good luck to all those who attended. It was a very enjoyable course to deliver. We should receive their results very soon and will forward them immediately.