BFC awards 'A Star' student 100%!

British Fire Consortium (BFC) member company, North Staffs Fire Extinguisher Maintenance Service, has reason to celebrate! Technician, Julie Stanway, who has worked for the company for six years, has just scored 100% in the BFC's practical Extinguisher Technician examination.

BFC Training Officer, Ken Day, says, "We expect high scores from BFC technicians but, in over 32 years of personally assessing technicians for many fire related examinations, I can't ever remember awarding a candidate 100%!"

North Staffs Fire was established 50 years ago by Julie's parents. Her sister and uncle also work for the company. The company offers supply and maintenance services for portable fire extinguishers, hose reels and hydrants as well as fire training and fire alarm system testing. Julie, who joined the company six years ago, also scored a commendable 82% in the written part of the BFC examination.

The BFC's 'Extinguisher Technician BSi Accredited Examination Course' is available for members and non members of the British Fire Consortium. It's an invaluable and credible qualification for anyone involved in extinguisher and fire alarm maintenance, building maintenance or for marine/offshore engineers.

The intensive 3-day course covers the requirements of BS5306 part 3: 2003 and part 8: 2000 and includes an introduction to the causes and means of preventing fires occurring, fire legislation, types and safe operation of fire extinguishers and service and overhaul procedures. On day 4 a two hour written paper is followed by the one-to-one practical test.