Matt's been back to school 
Matt has recently completed a course lasting several months and ending in an exam to become a Diploma holder, and can now proudly demonstrate that his knowledge of fire doors is to a defined industry standard - he is an acknowledged professional in the field. 
The Diploma programme covers: 
Foundation module - provides a basic understanding of fire doors and their components, including testing and certification, regulations and standards, inspection and maintenance. 
Timber fire doors and frames - provides a more detailed look at timber fire and escape doorsets, their construction, installation and functional performance. 
Metal fire doors - provides information on how steel doors differ from timber doors, how they are tested, glazed, installed and maintained. 
Glazing - provides detailed guidance on the different types of fire resistant glass, glazed apertures, glazing retention systems and beading and the importance of getting it right. 
Seals - provides detailed information on the function and technology of intumescent, acoustic and smoke seals, how they're identified and installed. 
Each module looks at the relevant regulations and standards that apply to fire door components and how certification is crucial to compliance.  
Building owners have a legal duty to comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. They must appoint a 'responsible person' and he or she may well be the owner or the manager of the building. They could be the employer in a business, the manager of a hotel, the owner of an apartment block or the head teacher of a school for example. 
Sometimes referred to as the Fire Safety Order or the RRO it came into force in 2006 and applies to virtually all premises (other than in people's private homes) and covers nearly every type of building in England and Wales. 
Article 17 of the Fire Safety Order requires a suitable maintenance regime to ensure relevant equipment is kept in an efficient state*. This includes fire doors and escape doors. Article 18 of the Fire Safety Order requires the responsible person to appoint one or more competent persons to assist in undertaking the preventive and protective measures*. 
The 'Competent Person' will need to demonstrate competence. With regard to fire doors and escape doors this is where the FDIS education programmes come in. 
So if you feel Matt could be of service to you please do not hesitate to get in touch - m.pate@firewatchsouthwest.co.uk or call 0800 783 4171 
*source - www.hse.gov.uk 
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