Fire protection solutions manufacturer Advanced, has launched two new courses to aid understanding of the BS 8629 Code of Practice recommendations and the EvacGo system designed to meet them.
‘A Guide to Meeting BS 8629’ is a continuing professional development course, approved by the FIA and the CPD Certification Service, suitable for all those responsible for fire safety in tall residential buildings. Delivered online by the Advanced evacuation alert team – Ken Bullock, Advanced’s Business Development Manager and Shaun Scott, Applications Engineer for Evacuation Alert Systems – the one-hour session covers a range of essential BS 8629 facts, from key clauses, evacuation alert zones and siting of devices, to evacuation alert control and indicating equipment, its commissioning and handover.
As well as the accredited CPD course, Advanced has also launched a new training programme for its EvacGo evacuation alert system. Aimed primarily at installers and engineers, the training course covers practical content including panel and software configuration guidance.
Ken Bullock, Business Development Manager – Evacuation Alert Systems said: “Over the past year we’ve witnessed increasing demand from our customers and end users for online education and training opportunities. This has led to the introduction of our webinar programme, online training modules and our video tutorial series.
“At a time when many fire industry professionals are viewing lockdown as an opportunity to upskill, our new CPD presentation is a great way to improve understanding of the BS 8629 Code of Practice, the relevant evacuation alert system equipment, and your responsibilities as a consultant, fire risk assessor or fire protection specialist.
“As an added bonus to participants, all content is approved by the CPD Certification Service and the FIA, who have both recognised it as a robust training offering that helps to boost competency and knowledge of the latest standards.”
Alongside its CPD, Advanced’s EvacGo training programme offers partners free workshops which not only cover theory, but also applied exercises and tests, ensuring good working knowledge of all aspects of the EvacGo equipment and software.
BS 8629:2019 is the new Code of Practice for the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of evacuation alert systems for use by fire and rescue services in England. In place since November 2019, this code of practice recommends the installation of a dedicated evacuation alert system intended for the sole use of the fire and rescue services and separate from the building’s fire alarm system. It is relevant to blocks of flats with a storey located at a height of more than 18 metres above ground level. Although not yet a legal requirement in England, evacuation alert control and indicating equipment (EACIE) installation is already mandatory in new buildings containing flats over 18 metres in Scotland and considered best practice by a number of fire and rescue services.
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Advanced is a world leader in the development and manufacture of intelligent fire systems. Advanced’s reputation for performance, quality and ease of use see its products specified in locations around the world, from single-panel installations to large, multi-site networks. Advanced’s products include complete fire detection systems, multiprotocol fire panels, extinguishing control, fire paging, false alarm management and reduction systems as well as emergency lighting.