The South African Qualification & Certification Committee for the Fire Industry
Frequently asked questions
QI've heard of people being killed or injured by exploding fire extinguishers. How can I ensure the safety of my staff?
Make sure CO2 fire extinguishers are regularly pressure tested at an SANAS approved pressure test station. This is a legal requirement and your service technician must supply you with a certificate as proof of testing.
QMy service technician offered to upgrade my old CO2 extinguishers by fitting new valves. Is this advisable?
Absolutely not! Modifying extinguishers in any way is considered to be 'creating' a new extinguisher, which is illegal. SANS 1475 requires service companies to restore extinguishers to manufacturers' original specifications.
QHow can I be certain the technician who services my fire protection equipment is properly qualified and competent?
Check to see that your technician is wearing a SAQCC-fire ID card, and that he is associated with the company recorded on the card. A SAQCC-fire technician using a different company name to that on the card is illegal.
QI tried to return a faulty extinguisher and the manufacturer refused to accept it because part of the original label had been cut off. Surely this is not important?
The label on a fire extinguisher is an integral part of the device. If it is cut off or a label from another company is stuck over it, it is no longer an SANS approved unit and looses all manufacturers' warranties.
For further information, contact SAQCC-Fire on tel. 011 455-3157.
As part of our mandate to regulate suppliers and technicians working within the Fire Industry, the SAQCC-Fire will investigate any complaints against persons registered with our institution. Should you be aware of anyone who has awarded a contract to and/or is using non-registered technicians to work on their fire equipment, you may contact the SAQCC Fire anonymously if preferred, providing proof of your allegations, and we will follow up with the company or persons concerned.
Kindly download the Complaint Form, complete and return to us either by faxing to 011 455 4126/086 518 4374 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (1475) or email@example.com (Fire Detection and Gas Suppression).
Please click here to download the Disciplinary Code.
Sipho Ngwenyama – Reg No 0150
Mr Sipho Ngwenyama was found guilty of servicing fire extinguishers whilst being unregistered with SAQCC Fire and out of the province in which the workshop is registered with SABS.
- Written warning which would be kept on file
- Should Mr Ngwenyama be found guilty of the same offence in future, he would be immediately be de-registered permanently.
John Russo - Reg No 0025
Mr Russo was found to be incompetent and unaware of the correct procedures to be followed in terms of the SANS 1475 standard.
- Immediate de-registration
- 5 Day Course to be successfully completed at one of the approved training centres
Details to be kept on file indefinitely
Laurentia Groenewald - Reg No 13/071
Mrs Groenewald admitted guilt for the following based on the evidence submitted:
- Allowed Extinguishers to be removed from site with no replacements
- Records not kept
- Hose reels not correctly marked
- Extinguishers serviced and return with low pressure
- To learn SANS 1475 Part 1 and 2 and successfully pass an Assessment at a training centre to be appointed by the Disciplinary Committee
- The three extinguishers that had low pressure to be returned to full operational readiness (if this had not already been done)
Should Mrs Groenewald fail the assessment – then she would be de-registered immediately.
K Cairns – Reg No 01/456
R Taylor – Reg No 2026
B Gumbi - Reg No 14/052
Fraudulent Registration – Immediate de-registration
A van Niekerk - Reg No 09/100
Not servicing in accordance with 1475 – fined R5 000
S Jaffa - Reg No 0753
Found guilty of the following:
- Serviced fire extinguishers whilst unregistered
- Serviced for a company that was not in possession of a valid certified by the SABS 1475 Mark Scheme
- Allowed his registration number to be used by other persons
- Serviced and deemed fit for purpose product showing corrosion that he conceded should have been withdrawn from service. The severity of corrosion wouldn’t contribute to injury.
- 1475 servicing course to be undertaken at an approved training centre before re-registration
- Written undertaking to be submitted with re-registration forms that he will work hereafter in accordance with the rules.
TJ Musa - Reg No 0524
Found guilty of servicing fire extinguishers for an illegal servicing company whilst still in the employment of a legal fire servicing company. (November 2016)
Sanction: Registration number to be cancelled.
To successfully complete a 5 day SAQCC Fire 1475 course before 28th February 2017 and to then register as a trainee and work for a minimum period of six months under the supervision of an SAQCC Fire-1475 competent registered person – after which time can reapply for registration and be issued with a new number.
S P Mametja - Reg No TR036/16
Found guilty of servicing fire extinguishers without the supervision of the registered competent person. (November 2016)
Sanction: Warning letter which will be kept on file indefinitely
M S Mametja - Reg No 0142
Found guilty of allowing a trainee who is under his supervision, to work whilst unsupervised. (November 2016)
Sanction: To successfully complete a 5 day SAQCC Fire 1475 course before 28th February 2017. Should this not be done, his registration will not be renewed for 2017.