Improving fire door awareness

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has partnered with the National Open College Network (NOCN) to develop a two-day Fire Door Installation Awareness course.

Working together under the NOCN SiteRight brand, the partnership will enhance the availability of quality training, helping to drive-up standards across the construction industry when it comes to fire doors, specifically timber fire doors, the federation said.

By enhancing the knowledge and skills of on-site installers and those overseeing works, contractors can better manage compliance with fire safety standards and best practice.

Fire Door Installation Awareness course materials and delivery have been developed by the BWF, the organisation’s first ever third-party assured course, and can only be delivered by NOCN approved centres, based on robust criteria. This ensures that training providers meet the highest standards set by the awarding organisation, the BWF and individual criteria for SiteRight courses.

In addition, each trainer must also meet specific standards to demonstrate their competence, knowledge and skills regarding timber fire door installation.

Helen Hewitt, CEO of the British Woodworking Federation, said: “This is a positive step forward towards helping achieve the government’s aim to improve the fire safety of our buildings, and reflects the BWF’s commitment to improving education, awareness and standards when it comes to fire door safety.”