Fire Alarm Service Engineer – London and South East

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Fire Alarm Service Engineer
London and South East

Salary: Negotiable depending on experience but no upper limit

A National family run business is looking for a senior fire alarm service engineer to join its team – and lead it if you have that ambition. You must be experienced in servicing and maintaining addressable and conventional systems.

Must have:

Full UK Driving Licence & qualification to work in the UK

Qualifications relevant to BS5839

Electrical qualification

Can-do flexible approach to the working week

Advantageous:

Protec knowledge

Emergency Lights testing

Extinguisher servicing

We will provide:

A friendly, flexible working environment

Training for your future career

Usual benefits of vehicle (car or van)/mobile/laptop/fuel card/uniform etc

Your next move:

Call us for a chat first or send a cv to – pete.bowen@astralfire.co.uk

Call 07966 642531

Fire Extinguisher Service Engineer – London and South East

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Fire Extinguisher Service Engineer
London and South East

Salary: Negotiable depending on experience but no upper limit

A National family run business is looking for a Fire Extinguisher engineer to join its team to service extinguishers in commercial premises of all sizes. You must be qualified and experienced in installing and servicing portable fire extinguishers.

Must have:

Full UK Driving Licence & qualification to work in the UK

Qualifications relevant to BS5306

We will provide:

A friendly, flexible working environment

Training for your future career

Usual benefits of vehicle (car or van)/mobile/laptop/fuel card/uniform etc

Your next move:

Call us for a chat first or send a cv to – pete.bowen@astralfire.co.uk

Call 07966 642531

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Case Study: How Astral Fire & Security obtained certification to BAFE SP205 Fire Risk Assessments

How Astral Fire & Security obtain certification to BAFE SP205 Fire Risk Assessments

The primary legislation for fire safety in England and Wales is the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, which came into force in 2006, and transferred responsibility for life safety to the “Responsible Person” in any organisation. In other words to the duty holder (owner) or person who had overall control of a premises. This placed ultimate responsibility for the safety of persons from fire on organisations who often had no experience or knowledge of the risks involved. The law requires that the Responsible Person is to undertake a Fire Risk Assessment to clarify the fire precautions necessary to ensure the safety of all persons in and around their premises. Furthermore this assessment has to be “suitable and sufficient”.

Not surprisingly most organisations commission specialist companies to carry out this Fire Risk Assessment. However up to this point there was no independently audited means to ensure the competence or reliability of any company commissioned to carry this out. Most importantly the ultimate responsibility for ensuring the adequacy of a Fire Risk Assessment remains with the duty holder or Responsible Person, rather than with the fire risk assessor.

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Given the lack of a recognised national independent scheme for ensuring the competence of fire risk assessors, and companies involved in providing this service, BAFE (British Approvals for Fire Equipment) designed a certification scheme for companies involved in providing fire risk assessments. As part of the process any company applying for certification has to prove the competency of individual fire risk assessors, based on nationally recognised competency criteria such as that as specified in Appendix A-1 of the Competency Criteria for Fire Risk Assessors, produced by the Fire Risk Assessment Competency Council. This proof is a combination of qualifications, experience, personal qualities, observation and audits.

Following our application a BAFE auditor visited the company and carried out a three part audit covering firstly the management procedures, contained in our Quality Management System. This included training records of each assessor, competency assessments and working procedures based on the requirements of SP205. The second part of the process was a desk top audit of fire risk assessments carried out by each assessor to be certificated. The final part involved site visits to assess the validity of the fire risk assessments which had been audited in part two.

The closing discussion with the auditor identified some areas where Astral could improve the procedures and the company subsequently carried out some administrative changes to improve communications with future clients.

Subsequently Astral received confirmation from the SSAIB and BAFE that the company had been accepted onto the register of companies certificated to SP205. These companies are known as Certificated Organisations and are independently confirmed as competent to carry out Fire Risk Assessments.

This independently audited scheme gives confidence to the duty holder or Responsible Person that the company they employ will provide a “suitable and sufficient” fire risk assessment, as required under the law. Astral Fire & Security are proud to have achieved this standard, which will benefit both existing and future clients.

Astral team ‘goes pyjamas’ to raise money for Children in Need!

On Friday 14 November, the Astral team ‘went pyjamas’ to raise money for the BBC’s Children in Need.

The team donned slippers, over-sized curlers, spotty onesies and cosy pyjamas in an effort to raise funds for the nationwide charity.

Olivia McLaughlin, Astral’s Head of Compliance (pictured in pink curlers below!), explained: “Children in Need is such a fantastic charity and we all got into the spirit – well apart from the men in the office! We’re looking forward to getting involved next year, when we will be issuing compulsory slippers and rollers to everyone in the team! We’re delighted that we contributed to the millions raised that will fund vital and worthwhile projects up and down the country.”

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Astral team raises hundreds for Children in Need

To find out more about Children in Need, visit the Children in Need website.

UK’s largest hospitality company, Whitbread PLC, selects Astral

Whitbread PLC, the multi-national company behind nationwide brand names such as Premier Inn, Costa Coffee, Beefeater Grill, Table Table, Brewers Fayre and Taybarns, has chosen Astral Fire and Security to protect its businesses in two of its UK regions.

Rob Harris, MD of Astral commented: “We are delighted that Whitbread PLC has chosen Astral Fire & Security to protect two of its UK regions. Exceptional customer care and safety is core to Whitbread’s offer and Astral’s outstanding service level agreements and proven track record with large retail chains will help to uphold the company’s stringent safety policy and legal requirements. Our team of highly skilled engineers will provide a full suite of fire and safety services across the Whitbread sites ensuring they remain safe and compliant at all times.”

Whibread PLC is the UK’s largest hospitality company and employs over 43,000 people and serves millions of customers every day. Astral is proud to manage the fire and safety requirements of such a prestigious, multi-sited business.

Find out more about Whitbread PLC.

New HQ for Astral Fire & Security

Astral Fire and Security has recently relocated to a new UK headquarters at Lea Hall Enterprise Park, Rugeley, Staffordshire, WS15 1LH.

The new site is situated on Wheelhouse Road, parallel to the A51. The office has quick and convenient access to the M6 and M6 Toll roads, helping to support the company’s national fire and security service.

Rob Harris, MD of Astral commented: “Our unprecedented growth during 2013 meant we were struggling to operate from our previous site. We took the big decision to move our UK headquarters which has given us the space we need for engineers, support staff and stock. The move was extremely well planned. It went smoothly and we were fully operational within 24 hours.”

“We are an expanding company. We had reached a critical mass of new customers and rather than risk compromising our service in any way, we made the decision to move. Our new HQ means we can accommodate the staff necessary to support our customers, as well as house all our fire equipment, stock, engineering division and fleet of vans.”

Union Jack Club selects Astral

Astral Fire and Security has been selected by the Union Jack Club in London to provide a comprehensive fire and safety service.

Little known to those outside the military circles, the Union Jack Club is a private members club in the capital that has provided accommodation to service men, women and their families since 1907. All serving and ex-serving men and women below the Commissioned Rank in the Armed Forces are automatically full members of the club. The club also welcomes emergency service personnel and military personnel from abroad.

Rob Harris, MD of Astral commented: “We are delighted to be able to bring our expertise to protect such a vital and prestigious venue that supports service men and women across the country. Astral will ensure all fire and safety measures are in place at the London based Union Jack Club and that it remains safe, secure and compliant for years to come.”

The Union Jack Club has been standing at Waterloo for over 100 years and received over 20 million guests through its doors. Its founder was Ethel McCaul, a Royal Red Cross nurse, who was adamant that servicemen and women from the ranks should have a haven for themselves in the Capital. Ethel McCaul’s vision remains the club’s primary purpose today – to provide non-commissioned serving and former members of the Armed Forces and their families a comfortable and friendly base for their visits to London.

It is beautifully furnished and kept to a very high standard with many unique pieces of memorabilia from conflicts past. One wall has a complete list of every person who has ever been awarded the Victoria Cross and this is continually updated.

The Club is a registered charity, generating some of its funds through its excellent conferencing facilities. These include numerous boardrooms, suites and dining areas, all of which are open to the general public.

Find out more about the Union Jack Club.

New van fleet for Astral

Astral is celebrating the arrival of its new van fleet. The smart, black and white vans will play a key role in delivering the company’s impressive service and installation contracts.

Astral only employs fully qualified, well-trained engineers to carry out its installation and service work. The engineers take full responsibility for each piece of work they do, providing one point of contact, one point of responsibility and total technical support.

Rob Harris, MD of Astral commented: “Our engineers are as important as the high quality products we offer. It is essential that they are properly equipped to accomplish their work, in the manner we guarantee to our customers. Our new van fleet allows our engineers to carry standard stock, spares and tools, to ensure that wherever possible, only one visit to a site is ever necessary for routine maintenance and installation work.”

The new van fleet will be on the road immediately, providing outstanding fire and security services throughout the country.

Protecting Lark Hill retirement village

Astral Fire and Security has played a key role in ensuring the safety of residents at the prestigious Lark Hill Retirement Village, in Nottingham.

Lark Hill is owned and operated by Extra Care and is amongst the largest retirement villages of its type in Europe. The site has 327 individual homes and many impressive additional buildings housing fitness suites, shops, cafes, IT rooms and a well being centre.

Rob Harris, MD of Astral commented: “Working in partnership with Cirrus Communications we were delighted to design and install a range of fire and security systems, including new fire alarms, CCTV and access control. We also installed a new nurse call system, telephone and data. Lark Hill is ExtraCare’s largest village, with fabulous facilities and unrivalled views over open countryside in Clifton, overlooking the Soar Valley. Now thanks to Astral’s involvement, residents can relax in the knowledge that vital life safety systems are in place.”

All systems have preventative maintenance contracts in place, with life safety systems receiving a four hour call out.

Astral is currently working with Cirrus Communications on similar projects in Erdington, Gloucester and Stratford.

Find out more about Lark Hill Retirement Village and Extra Care.