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FIA unveils training course on latest revision of BS 5839-9

18 October 2021

THE FIRE Industry Association (FIA) has introduced a new training course focused on the latest revision of BS 5839-9 in relation to emergency voice communication systems. BS 5839-9:2021 both updates and replaces BS 5839-9:2011.

Emergency voice communication systems can be used for different applications, such as communicating with people in refuges, communicating with fire wardens, fire marshals and firefighters in firefighting lobbies and also communicating with stewards at sporting events.

The new course is aimed at those responsible for designing, installing, maintaining and operating emergency voice communication systems and offers delegates Continuing Professional Development hours. It’s relevant for anyone responsible for evacuating buildings, facilities and building managers and building control officers.

*To find out more information and book a place, access the following link: Emergency Voice Communication Systems to BS:5839-9 (fia.uk.com)

EWS assessor registration and EWS-1 Form submissions extended

In July this year, the FIA announced that seven UK lenders – namely Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, Nationwide, NatWest, Santander and TSB – would be covering the cost of making EWS-1 Forms publicly available through the FIA’s Building Safety Information Portal. This offer was due to finish on Monday 11 October.

Having observed significantly enhanced activity on the site over the last several months, the FIA has now offered a limited extension of the free assessor registrations and EWS-1 Form submission period to 12 November.

The continuing collaboration between the lending industry, the FIA and UK Finance means that everyone – including homeowners, prospective buyers, valuers and lenders – can easily access a given building’s EWS-1 Form through a central and secure portal.