Firewatch expands into the Midlands
Firewatch, the South West’s leading fire protection services company which is based in Newton Abbot, has strengthened its relationship with Western Power Distribution, after being awarded a new contract for the maintenance of fire extinguishers and fire-alarm systems for 30 more sites, in addition to the current contracts already in place.
Firewatch has provided these services to Western Power Distribution, the electricity distribution business for the South West, South Wales and the Midlands, for over 10 years and Martin Smith, the CEO of Firewatch, said he was very pleased to have won the new contract.
“We are very proud to have been working with Western Power Distribution for so long. The importance of regular and proper maintenance of fire extinguishers and alarm systems by properly qualified engineers cannot be underestimated - especially when businesses and lives depend on them,” he said. “In addition to our core services, the contract also includes delivering our successful employee fire-training courses to these additional sites in the Midlands.”
“I am also pleased that our quality of service, price and range of products offered really showed their worth in the value for money tendering process we went through. A lot of hard work has gone into securing the contract, involving the senior management team of Royston Blunt and Jon Limer, led by Max Willey, the managing director of Firewatch. And what makes this contract especially pleasing is that we have been able to take on new members of staff across the region, which I am delighted about.”
This is the first time the company - which was the first fire-protection company in Great Britain to gain approval for both of the BAFE* schemes in the maintenance of fire extinguishers and fire alarms - has expanded out of the South West region and to assist with its extended coverage, Firewatch has employed two new fire alarm engineers - Ashur El-Yasir who will be based in Clevedon, near Bristol and Chris Isles in Bridgwater - as well as Mark Harris, a fire extinguisher technician, who will be based in Torquay.
Andy Jones, Buyer - Business Services for Western Power, said the company was delighted to be continuing its association with Firewatch.
‘‘Firewatch has provided us with a comprehensive and professional service across the South West and Wales for some time now. We are pleased to have Firewatch extending into the Midlands as we can be confident the service we receive going forward will be to the same high standard.