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Largest Non-Profit Care Provider

Responsible Person Training Continues for the UK’s Largest Non-Profit Care Provider

Housing 21 is a leading organisation working across England to ensure that later life remains happy and fulfilling and to ensure their clients live independently as part of their community, continuing doing things they enjoy and having choice and control over their lives.  Housing 21 achieve this through excellent housing, care and health services.  As the UK’s largest non-profit care provider and national leader in innovative and affordable housing, Housing 21 make a difference on a large scale.  Their established links with communities mean they also respond on a local level by developing new services that meet the needs of older people.

Active Fire Management are privileged to meet many of Housing 21’s employees every month as the training team deliver numerous Fire Marshal/Responsible Person type training courses to the organisations scheme managers.  The courses are delivered on a nationwide basis ranging from Kent to Tyne and Wear and are tailor made for the customers exact needs covering their own Fire Safety Manual, evacuation plans and PEEPS (Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans)

New First Aid Training Course

This month Active Fire Management were also pleased to offer new services to an existing customer who had previously used the company’s services in a fire consultancy capacity.

The company delivered a One Day Emergency First Aid in the Workplace Course for Shian Housing who are a community based housing association established in 1989 to cater for the general housing needs of ethnic minority people in Hackney and neighbouring areas.  The word “shian” means “home” in the Ghanaian language Ga.  Shian strives to provide not just bricks and mortar for their clients, but homes they can identify with.  The Association provides culturally sensitive housing designed to enrich the community and encourage harmony in our multi-ethnic society.  Ten delegates attended the course at the Association’s main offices in Hackney.

Training courses were also delivered this month for a number of customers including a restaurant in Soho, a supported living scheme on behalf of a care provider, a housing development company and a specialist care organisation providing responsive residential and community based services for service users with alcohol, drug or mental health problems.

Student Accommodation

Student Accommodation Fire Risk Assessment

This month saw Active Fire Management providing fire risk assessments for a new customer who required fire risk assessments to be completed within student halls of residence.  The premises, both located in East London, provide term time accommodation for University students and holiday accommodation in the summer.

Services have also been provided for a range of existing customers as well as to a number of office premises.  Fire risk assessments have also been completed for private owners of flats who are selling their properties and whom have needed a fire risk assessment to be carried out to ensure they can exchange contracts.

Training for Support Staff

In Service Fire Training Commences for Support Staff at Ashcroft Care Services

For several years, Active Fire Management have been the preferred provider of fire training courses to Ashcroft Care Services who are a care provider in Surrey supporting adults with learning difficulties to develop fulfilling lifestyles in their own homes and in shall, high quality residential services.  The training, which is specifically tailored to meet the customer’s exact training needs is actually delivered directly to staff within the scheme setting and covers the findings of the fire risk assessment for each individual scheme as well as other fire related subjects and a practical smoke exercise.  Approximately 16 training courses will be delivered in total between November 2011 and January 2012.

Ashcroft Care Services provides support services to people with many types of disability including people whose challenging behaviours has developed because of a learning disability, people with specific syndromes and people with associated mental health problems.  Ashcroft support their service users with many aspects of their lives, including physical and mental wellbeing, medication, behavioural management, developmental and social activities and financial management.

Vocational First Aid

Vocational First Aid Qualifications now available

Active Fire Management saw the New Year in with an exciting new customer with requirements to deliver Emergency First Aid in the Workplace Training Courses to some 500 staff this year on behalf of Trafalgar London Handling, part of the Travel Corporation.  Courses will be delivered for up to 12 delegates a time at various venues throughout Europe.  Trafalgar are the global leader for authentic guided holidays, providing unforgettable, great value tours to worldwide destinations since 1947. Active Fire Management will be delivering numerous training courses to Trafalgar’s teams of travel experts throughout the year and this looks set to continue into 2012.  The course, which is one day in duration, is a vocational training course fully approved by UK HSE Regulations and as such all course delegates receive a Level 2 Award Qualification upon completion.

For further information on First Aid Courses, including Emergency First Aid in the Workplace, please visit our dedicated first aid website which can be found at

Multiple Types of Property

Fire Risk Assessments in Multiple Types of Property

Active Fire Management carries out fire risk assessments in a huge variety of premises throughout the country, but February saw the team carry out assessments in a property type new to its portfolio.  London Borough of Lambeth engaged the services of Active Fire Management to carry out fire risk assessments in two crematoria.  The assessments covered the entire premises including areas for the public attending cremation services and buildings housing the cremators, charging rooms where coffins are loaded as well as remembrance areas and chapels, waiting rooms and other public facilities.  Our Senior Fire Consultant said “ we did find some issues with a long single direction of travel distance for the works in the crematoria which were able to overcome by recommending a fire alarm system to provide an early warning of fire to the workers”.

Other risk assessments carried out by the company this month were very varied and included a hotel in East Sussex, a law firms offices as well as a number of other office premises across London and a number of housing associations across London, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Essex and West Sussex.