IFEDA elects new Chairman to help move the association forward

IFEDA, the Independent Fire Engineering & Distributors Association, welcomes Mike Tobin as the new Chairman of the association. Mr Tobin was voted in at the recent IFEDA AGM.

Mr Tobin has worked in the fire protection industry for 27 years, and is Managing Director of Security and Fire Experts Ltd (SAFE). With a background in fire detection and alarm systems, he has evolved SAFE which now provides fire extinguishers, security, and electrical installations to clients worldwide. This recent growth ensures Mr Tobin is up-to-date with fire safety systems and legislation. Having been an active member of IFEDA for 6 years, it was a natural progression for him to be voted in as Chairman of IFEDA.

Mike Tobin said: “I am deeply honoured by the vote of confidence to represent IFEDA as chairman. I am also profoundly grateful to my predecessor, Colin Payne, whom over the years has shown an overwhelming commitment to the industry and our association. I feel there is a need for a change not only in IFEDA but across the industry, and I hope that with the support of the members and the association as a whole, we can work together to have a huge and positive input into this change for the good of all. Rest assured that I will work tirelessly to represent IFEDA and will ensure that I keep the best interests of our association as a main focus.”

Graham Ferris, General Manager at IFEDA commented: “We are pleased to welcome Mike to the role of Chairman. With his experienced background in the fire protection industry, Mike will help drive the association forward. IFEDA has the clear aim of promoting quality standards within the fire protection industry, and with Mike as Chairman we will continue to achieve this by offering industry approved training courses, and ensuring members work to achieve quality management systems.”

Further details about IFEDA can be found at: www.ifeda.org


BAFE Scheme SP101 : New Document

BAFE has now launched a comprehensive guide to the revised SP101 scheme on the BAFE website which can be found here:



Here you will find information regarding:

  • An overview of the scheme (including an official statement regarding the change from SP101/ST104 to SP101)
  • How to become a BAFE SP101 registered organisation/technician
  • Asbestos awareness / Health & Safety training information
  • The BAFE Diploma
  • The BS 5306 Exam (where IFEDA are noted)
  • The Technician Competency Portfolio
  • How to check/validate an extinguisher technician is BAFE registered

All SP101 organisations will be contacted to remind them of the scheme changes and that the new scheme document is now in effect.

Android App from IFEDA for extinguisher commissioning

Do you install and commission fire extinguishers? Can never find the manufacturers’ stated weight to use as a reference? Problem over. IFEDA has launched an android app just for you. To find the app, priced at just £10, you can simply go on the Google Play Store and search for “IFEDA Toolbox”, alternatively you can use one of these links: