The Malaysian Insurance Institute (MII) in collaboration with The Institution of Fire Engineers (UK) Malaysia Branch (IFEM) and The Fire Protection Association of Malaysia Bhd (FPAM) are proud to announce the launch of the first of its kind Fire Risks Assessors (FRA) accreditation course in the region. The first FRA course is expected to be held in July 2021.
The main objective of the FRA course is to elevate the skills and competency of risk engineers, fire surveyors, fire assessors and fire auditors in the insurance industry to be in line with internationally recognized standards.
To ensure local professionals obtain accreditation and stay at par with international standards, Ms Shalini Pavithran, Chief Executive Officer of MII, said that “as a professional education institute catering to all sectors within the insurance industry, through this collaboration, MII is looking to build the technical capacity for risk engineers and assessors in Malaysia to be highly skilled and competent to undertake comprehensive fire risk assessment exercises.”
A Fire Risk Assessor is a person who carries out surveys of premises to identify fire hazards and assess the consequent fire risks. The assessment identifies the fire hazards, assesses the probable consequent risks and provides recommendations to minimise and control these risks. Ms Shalini added that “proper assessments and surveys are the vital first steps in producing a quality fire safety policy in any non-domestic building and this is an uncompromisable step, to ensure best loss prevention assessment performed through appropriate measures in fire precautions, in addition to safety of the occupants.”
Mr. Tay Hao Giang CFIFireE, Vice President of IFEM stated that “Grenfell Tower, Ocado automated warehouse disaster and may other fire incidents has raised the awareness of the inherent fire risks and hazards for occupied buildings. Annual fire risks assessment is fast becoming a norm in property sectors around the globe. Competent fire risk assessor is a profession that can identify and recommend mitigation measures of fire risks to ensure business continuity and sustainability. Reduction of fire loss is the way forward and ‘win-win’ strategy for insurance industry as well as all property owners.”
This course benefits mainly risk engineers of the insurance industry. Mr A Vishnushama Ambikapathi, Chairman of FPAM, also added that by having an internationally recognized accreditation program, technical skills needed for risk assessment, as well as credibility of risk engineers in the local insurance industry would be elevated. Risk engineers will also be kept abreast of any advancements in standards.
Each candidate who attends and successfully completes this course will be listed as an accredited Fire Risks Assessor on the IFEM website. The successful candidate may also apply for IFE membership and accreditation with the UK Engineering Council.