Housing association improves tenant safety with FDIS

Wales and West Housing (WWH) manages more than 9,000 high quality, affordable homes in 12 local authorities across Wales. These include around 3,000 properties specifically for older people as well as supported homes for people with a range of individual needs.

Cambria Maintenance Services, is part of the Wales & West Housing Group and is run as an independent, commercial company.

WWH spends around £10m annually with Cambria to ensure its houses are safe and well maintained. A key element of this work is the inspection and upgrading of the hundreds of fire doors across WWH’s property portfolio.

Fire doors are a vital element of fire safety in any public or multiple occupation building. However, they are even more important when the buildings’ users may have mobility or mental health issues that could affect swift egress in the event of a fire.

Carlo Vanderplank-Jones, Cambria’s Operations Manager is keen to ensure that staff within Cambria are kept up to date with the latest fire door legislation and best practice so when WWH arranged for them to attend a FDIS Fire Door Awareness training course Cambria saw this as a valuable education opportunity.

Carlo says: “Attendees’ feedback was extremely positive because they felt that, despite having been involved in the installation and maintenance of fire doors for many years, it gave them additional information about what to look out for to ensure their work made fire doors effective in the event of a fire.”

FDIS is leading the way in increasing awareness of the issues around the specification, installation and maintenance of fire doors through an online education programme and provision of qualified, competent fire door inspections.

The half day course attended by over 40 Cambria operatives comprised presentations and discussions as well as practical inspections of some of WWH’s fire doors to put the theory they learnt into practice.