Abbot Fire Group achieve UK first for BAFE SP206

Fire protection services company Abbot Fire Group are delighted to be the first company in the UK to achieve BAFE SP206, the third party approval scheme for Kitchen Fire Protection System Provider.

Nigel Walton with Jonathan O'Neill

Nigel Walton, Director at Abbot Fire Group receives his BAFE SP206 certificate from Jonathan O'Neill, Managing Director at the Fire Protection Association, and Board Member at BAFE.

BAFE, who maintain the fire protection register of third party approved contractors, launched this new scheme at the end of 2018. Abbot Fire Group were keen to become the first company in the UK to achieve this accreditation, having been designing, installing, and maintaining Ansul kitchen fire suppression systems for customers for over 10 years. The SP206 scheme covers competency for the design, installation, commissioning, recharge and maintenance of kitchen fire suppression systems.

When Abbot Fire Group started installing, servicing, and maintaining Ansul kitchen fire suppression systems 10 years ago, Nigel Walton, Director at Abbot Fire Group, was staggered to see the amount of poor quality work within this market sector. He was surprised that no independent third party accreditation scheme existed within the UK which covered all aspects of kitchen fire suppression system work, namely design, installation, servicing and maintenance. He has personally championed for the introduction of an independent third party approval scheme. He is delighted that BAFE have decided to introduce scheme SP206 and that his efforts to bring change within this sector have come to fruition.

Nigel Walton commented: “We are thrilled that Abbot Fire Group are the first company in the UK to have achieved BAFE SP206. At Abbot Fire we have been designing, installing, and servicing kitchen fire suppression systems for over a decade. I am delighted that BAFE have introduced this scheme, as it’s something that I’ve been championing within the industry for years. Going for this new BAFE approval provides customers with the reassurance that they are using a competent, third party approved, provider. The introduction of this scheme will go towards raising standards within the industry, and provide much needed reassurance for customers. Achieving this accreditation continues to demonstrate that as a business we are keen to commit to third party accredited schemes providing a focus on delivering the best possible service to our customers through quality products and procedures.”

This accolade demonstrates Abbot Fire Group’s ongoing commitment to provide a competent service to customers with approval from third party, independently assessed, schemes. This new accreditation complements Abbot Fire Group’s existing BAFE schemes: SP101 Fire Extinguisher Service Provider; and SP203-1 Fire Alarm System Maintenance.

See a short video on independent third party accreditation explained here.

Further details about the BAFE SP206 scheme can be found here.