BAFE (British Approvals for Fire Equipment) is the independent registration body for third party certified fire protection companies across the UK. BAFE is completely independent and totally unbiased party to help competent companies and people in need of fire protection services find each other. We are very proud to be a BAFE registered company adhering to their high standards.
Following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower last year, there have been a number of reviews to which BAFE has made an active contribution. Sir Ken Knight, a former BAFE Chairman and Government Chief Fire advisor, has been leading an expert advisory group and they have contributed details of the suite of third party certificated schemes and work that BAFE does to advise public bodies on the value of using competent provider companies.
Dame Judith Hackitt is leading the independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety. BAFE made a detailed submission to the review, again highlighting the value of competence and third party certification. Following her interim report in December, BAFE have worked with other fire bodies, such as the Fire Sector Federation, the Institute of Fire Engineers and the Institute of Fire Safety Managers to contribute to the discussions over the steps that need to be taken through the complete design, construction and building use chain to ensure that life safety and fire protection is at the centre of Regulations. Dame Judith has stressed the ‘golden thread’ of responsibility and accountability at every stage, to ensure that the building owner/responsible person has a complete understanding of what has been done to ensure fire safety and that at every stage, all of the trades and professions are working together and continue to do so through the life of the building. This is for all buildings, but especially for those with multiple occupancy and sleeping risks. The Review is now working through a range of critical issues and BAFE will continue to provide contributions whenever appropriate.
BAFE aims to continue working with the industry to benefit fire safety and quality service providers throughout the UK. The BAFE press release can be found here.