The Fire Industry Association, or the FIA as we are more commonly known, is a not-for-profit trade association with the aim of promoting the professional status of the UK fire safety industry.
The Association was born out of a merger between two longstanding and well-respected trade associations, FETA (Fire Extinguishing Trade Association) and BFPSA (British Fire Protection Systems Association). The two associations had long shared a common interest in the promotion of the professional status of the UK fire industry and the FIA is proud to continue this work.
Some of what we do as a trade association is intangible but we also have some very tangible offerings to members and non-members alike!
Our main objective is to promote the professional standards of the fire industry through close liaison and lobbying with Government and official bodies as well other key organisations in the industry. We aim to inform our members and the general market about the latest legislation and how it can affect their business.
We provide technical knowledge and advice to anyone who needs it regarding fire safety in the UK. We also provide training courses to members and non-members alike on all the latest technical and legislative topics to affect those working with fire safety.
One important aspect of our work is to communicate and promote best practice and other useful information out into the public domain. To this effect we produce quarterly newsletters, FIA Focus, as well as guidance documents, our Best Practice Guide and research survey reports to name but a few.
Formed in April 2007 the FIA is ‘owned’ by its members, which means that we are answerable to our members, making us truly representative of our members. We have a secretariat, which consists of the staff at our HQ in Hampton who ensure everything we promise to do, we actually do! The Secretariat reports to the Board, which has a number of Councils that report in – each Council covers a particular sector of the fire safety industry, for example fire risk assessment, portables and fire detection and alarm. Each Council also has a number of working groups or task groups that focus on particular technical issues arising; to learn more about each of the groups please view the Structure section to the left of the page. All groups, Councils and the Board are made up of representatives from our member companies.