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UK’s First Fire Door Training Centre Opens in Bury

UK’s First Fire Door Training Centre Opens in Bury
13 February 2024

A new fire door training academy has opened to help raise safety standards across the industry.

The new 3,000ft² facility, opened by Fire Door Maintenance (FDM), will provide a dedicated space for hands-on training and theory-based learning in Bury, Greater Manchester. 

The first GQA Qualifications-accredited award to launch will be a fire door inspector course, followed by a course centred on fire door maintenance, and another focusing on fire door installation. 

The academy will also host fire safety awareness courses for those wanting to upskill to be compliant with the latest fire safety regulations.

The site is owned by door hardware supplier UAP and led by former business consultant Nicola John. She said: “The Training Academy is the first to offer practical fire door training in the largest centre of its kind. The Hackitt report underlined the importance of the ‘golden thread’ and this is at the centre of our specialist training. Each course will underline how vital it is to source primary test evidence and the risk of changing or substituting components in a fire door.

“Providing access to fire doors and components from a range of manufacturers is a key element of the training. All fire doors are made slightly differently which means they need to be inspected differently too. Training participants will learn the nuances of each product and how to identify and fix any issues.”

The space was opened by Councillor Sandra Walmsley, Mayor of Bury at a ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

Doors and components in the new Training Academy have been provided by Harlow Timber Group, West Port, Latham's Steel Doors, Unity Doors, Permadoor, Strongdor, The Sovereign Group, NSG Group, DoorCo, Rutland, Mann McGowan, Lorient, PDS, and Contactless Check Solutions, IG, GGF, Pilkingtons, Nordan, PWIDF and Specialist Door Solutions.

Picture: a photograph from the opening ceremony, showing the ribbon being cut. Pictured left to right are David Jennings, Cllr Walmsley, Nicola John and Cllr Eamonn O’Brien. Image Credit: FDS

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 13 February 2024


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