Introducing Matt 
Matt Pate has transferred from the Firewatch extinguisher service team to become our third in-house fire risk assessor. A qualified plumber Matt joined Firewatch in 2010 and trained to become a fire extinguisher technician, quickly passing his exams and becoming a BAFE licensed extinguisher technician. 
Matt successfully completed his Fire Protection Association fire risk assessor’s course earlier in the year, with in-house instruction from Group Operations Manager Roy Blunt who has many years’ experience in fire risk assessment. Matt in his previous company role visited many types of premises and companies, giving him an extensive knowledge of the many issues affecting businesses and different workplaces giving him a unique insight into fire risk assessment. 
Firewatch are one of the few companies in the United Kingdom to be approved for the BAFE SP205 life safety fire risk assessment scheme. 
BAFE scheme SP205 has been developed for organisations who provide Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment services for others. This scheme is designed to give assurance to those commissioning fire risk assessments and give confidence in the quality and relevance of the services being provided. It is essential that the fire risk assessor is a competent person, and the fire risk assessor has a duty of care to the organization on which legislation imposes a requirement for the fire risk assessment. 
However, the ultimate responsibility for the adequacy of the fire risk assessment under the Regulatory Reform Order (Fire Safety) 2005, rests with the duty holder (which is normally a company) or responsible person rather than with the fire risk assessor. This Scheme recognises the importance of providing fire risk assessments that comply with an acceptable set of criteria. There are now three Certification Bodies who have received UKAS accreditation to run this scheme. 
BAFE Registered organisations will have an annual surveillance audit by their certification body to ensure that they continue to comply with the scheme requirements. Once certificated, they will be able to use the BAFE logo applicable to the scheme on promotional material, letterheads, websites etc. They will also be able to issue BAFE Certificates of Conformity with each of their fire risk assessments  
This scheme has been developed by a group of industry experts to help the building ‘responsible person' meet the requirements for Fire Risk assessments under the Regulatory Reform(Fire) Order 2006, and it is launched in May 2012 for organisations who provide Fire Risk Assessment services. SP205 specifies that organisations have the required technical and quality management capabilities and risk assessment staff meet appropriate standards. The scheme has been designed to meet the requirements of fire risk assessment providers large and small, recognising that there are many individuals working as assessors. BAFE has been working closely with the Competency Council to monitor and develop Risk Assessor competence criteria and is delivered by UKAS accredited Certification Bodies that assess and routinely monitor Organisations performance against the scheme criteria. 
For any further information on BAFE or to arrange a risk assessment please contact Matt on m.pate@firewatchsouthwest.co.uk or telephone freephone 0800 783 7141 
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