Diamond Director Awarded Fire Detection Design Qualification


Diamond Systems Joint Managing Director, Steve Snoddon, has been successfully awarded the UK’s leading Fire Detection Design qualification.

Steve has worked in the fire and security industry for over 25 years, starting out in the family business as an apprentice engineer and working his way up through all areas of the company.  Steve is the nominated designer within the company and is widely recognised for his expertise and understanding of the legislation and codes of practice surrounding electronic fire and security systems. The successful completion of this qualification enables Steve to confidently and comprehensively carry out design work relating to both new systems and alterations that may be required to existing Fire Detection and Alarm Systems, to the requirements of BS 5839.

The Fire Industry Association (FIA) Level 3 in Fire Detection and Alarm Design Theory and Regulatory Requirements, was introduced following consultation with industry leaders and employers. The syllbus matches the needs of the industry with what learners really need to understand to comprehensively design fire detection and alarm systems.

Commenting on Steve’s recent achievement, FIA Training Manager, Michael Gregg said:

“The FIA would like to congratulate Steve on completing his FIA AO Level 3 in Fire Detection and Alarm Design Theory and Regulatory Requirements. This course along with the other courses within the Design syllabus are possibly the toughest of all the FIA Qualifications to achieve and requires time, effort and dedication to complete. After the Grenfell tragedy, and the recommendations following it, the FIA fully support recognised qualifications within the fire industry which help raise the knowledge and skill levels of people working in this sector. Once again well done to Steve on his achievement.”

The content of the course, which Steve undertook remotely due to COVID restrictions, includes:

  • Legislation
  • BS 5839-1 – Fire Detection & Alarm System Design for non-domestic premises
  • BS5839-6 – An introduction to Fire Detection & Alarm Systems for domestic premises
  • IS 3218 – Fire Detection & Alarm Systems for buildings for the Republic of Ireland
  • BS EN 54 – A series of FD& A System Product Standards
  • BS 7273 – Code of Practice for the operation of fire protection measures
  • BS 6266 – Fire Protection Equipment for electronic equipment installations
  • BS 7671 – Requirements for electrical installations
  • Emergency Lighting/Signage
  • BS 9999/BS 9991 – Fire safety in the design management & use of buildings
  • BS EN 12845 – A brief introduction to Fire Suppression & extinguishing
  • Interpreting Customer Specifications
  • Selecting system type/System design
  • Communication, Liaising with third parties and Documentation
  • Advanced System Design Principles
  • Designing for Inspection and Test

Diamond Systems is accredited by The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), to deliver Continuous Professional Development (CPD) training, which is co-presented by Steve. For more information on our Fire Detection Design course, please visit our CPD page. If we can assist with delivering your fire detection and alarm requirements, or you require design support, contact us.

Diamond Director Awarded Fire Detection Design Qualification