Servicing & maintenance of portable fire extinguishers (4 Days)

Theoretical training and practical experience over four days for the servicing & maintenance of various types of portable extinguisher. Based on BS 5306-­3 ‘Servicing and Maintenance’, BS 5306­-8 ‘Selecting and Positioning’

  • Anyone who will be carrying out the servicing and maintenance of portable fire extinguishers
  • Anyone likely to answer technical questions regarding portable extinguishers
  • None


This course requires each delegate to bring a set of tools to participate:

  • Rubber Hammer / Mallet
  • 10” Adjustable spanner (For co2 horn removal)
  • 1 x 2kg spring balance scale (Used to determine cartridge weight)
  • 1 x Digital scale (These must be suitable for weighing the extinguisher itself. Please ensure the hook at the bottom of the scale is small enough to fit inside the wall hanging bracket of an extinguisher. 25kg Electro Samson scales are commonly used for this purpose)
  • Torch
  • Pliers
  • Cleaning brush (2" paintbrush will work for this)
  • Gauge bradawl tester (Paperclips will work here if an appropriate bradawl cannot be sourced)
  • Anti Tamper Seals
  • Gauge dots / Year patch stickers
  • Cloth

The following is not required but will prove useful for servicing practise:

  • Screwdriver or pick for o-ring removal
  • Co2 O-rings
  • Mole grips
  • Air pump gauge tester (for larger coil sprung gauges found on Older Nu Swift / Moyne Roberts / Amerex products)
  • The theory of fire and extinguishing
  • Selection and positioning of the right fire extinguisher
  • Classes of fire
  • Definitions of a portable extinguisher
  • Fire ratings and flammable materials
  • Provision and siting of extinguishers
  • Inspection periods
  • Certification
  • Extinguishing agents
  • Maintenance requirements
  • Carrying out a service: delegates will be expected to complete an inspection and service a range of extinguishers
  • The ability to service and maintain portable fire extinguishers
  • Delegates will be able to provide advice on the suitability and the positioning of portable extinguishers
  • Course manuals to take away and refer back to
  • Delegates take two exams, a theory exam with 65 Questions in a multiple choice format and a practical exam. Both exams require a 75% or above pass mark will be issued with a BAFE certificate. The results take 2-3 to be processed following the day of the exam.

Delegates should attend a refresher course every three years to maintain current knowledge and certification

  • FIA members – £635 +VAT
  • Non­-members – £710 +VAT