During my 15 years as a London Fire Officer, I gained a varied and extensive experience in all fire related issues being in charge of a frontline appliance. In my last 2 years, I was involved in fire safety related work. After the fire service, I attained an advanced fire safety certification and I also have a level 4 qualification in fire risk assessment and auditing from the UK Fire Service College. This is currently the UK fire safety requirement and the highest accreditation.
In Malta there is no legislation and enforcement authority at present. From experience, the responsible person in most establishments are unaware of the current fire safety requirements. A fire resulting in death or injury could result in liability where the requirements have not been met. Fines in the UK are reaching six figure sums for such liability. In 2006 The UK enacted the Regulatory Reform Act. This legislation combined all the old requirements such as ADB, British Standards and other legislations. This enactment also gave certain powers to the fire services to enforce the fire safety order.
It is important to be proactive and not reactive. Do not wait for a fire to happen in your establishment or for enforcement to begin before you get your premises up to compliance. Risk assessments, staff training and evacuation plans need not cost the earth. I am a small company and therefore am able to keep my prices low but my experience and qualifications ensure you are getting a competent person giving you advice. Reading the news it is evident that the amount of fires being reported is on the increase. Arson is also on the increase. Don’t become a statistic. Act now and protect your premises from fire and yourself from liability. Call Firesafe, your partner for Fire and Safety.