About

The South African Qualification & Certification Committee (SAQCC) Fire is an industry-elected body established to ensure that individuals working within this sector of the fire industry have the appropriate competence through training, qualifications, and experience in compliance with:

The specifications laid out in SANS 1475 for portable fire extinguishers,

The requirements of SANS 14520 and/or SANS 306 where individuals and companies designing, installing, commissioning, and servicing gaseous fire extinguishing systems,

The requirements of SANS 10139 where individuals and companies designing, installing, commissioning, and servicing fire detection and alarm systems.

Following a directive given to the SAQCC-Fire by the Department of Employment and Labour, an additional SAQCC-fire detection and gas suppression committee was set up to establish and implement procedures for the qualification and certification of authorised persons in order to ensure safety, quality of work and high standards of excellence within the industry.

SAQCC-Fire works closely with Certification Bodies approved by the Department of Employment and Labour to ensure standards are met and technicians and servicing companies adhere to the law. The South African Qualification & Certification Committee (SAQCC) Fire is a Non-Profit Company.

 

The SAQCC-Fire has:

  1. Established a MOI (Memorandum of Incorporation) which provides assurance that, no matter who is elected to the committee, the management has a set of rules it shall follow. This ensures that the SAQCC-Fire is not an old man’s club where the rules can be changed as some person feels like it.
  2. Created a representative body (SAQCC-Fire committee), which is made up of elected Directors and Executive members. The Directors and committee members are voted in by the technicians or their representative, and their main purpose is to serve fire technicians.
    • The representative body provides technicians with access to major forums, e.g. DEL, SANS, NRCS, PER, SANAS etc. This gives technicians, and the industry in general, more say in decision making.
    • There is a full time GM. This ensures technicians have a point of contact for advice, assistance or to lay complaints.
      Note: Committee members offer their time freely without remuneration. The committee members are representative of a wide range of companies and expertise. Technicians therefore have free access to some of the top ‘fire brains’ in the country.
  3. On instructions from The Department the SAQCC-Fire has regulated the fire industry by certifying the competence of fire technicians. This in turn has endorsed fire technicians’ professionalism. At the same time, it has ensured safe practise in work being undertaken by technicians. Competence has not only been certified, it has been certified in three main fields with sub levels within the fields e.g. Portable fire extinguishers, fire detection and gaseous fire suppression systems. Industry wants to use competent technicians as it gives them assurance that the work is being carried out by a professional. A badge is provided to verify technicians’ levels of competence.
  4. Driven knowledge and kept our technicians informed of current events. This is done via:
    • Newsletters
    • Bulk SMSs
    • Road shows
    • Training courses
  5. Helped fire technicians establish a career path.
  6. Driven the QCTO process. This is a long process that the SAQCC-Fire is driving, as it most important.
  7. Ensured that no legal matters are handled in house: a legal firm provides counsel and advice. Should there be hearings, the SAQCC-Fire has an independent Chairman to sit on these.

SAQCC FIRE DIRECTORS

CHAIR PERSON

Nichola Allan

 

Nichola worked in the industry in her native Ireland, after obtaining her B.Eng Honors in electrical and electronic engineering and diploma in Marketing. Nichola runs a fire detection distribution company and is a registered detection designer. She completed FIA Training in Advance Fire Detection Design in 2016 and has contributed extensively to the SAQCC fire detection training materials as well as working on the D&GS committee in various positions.

VICE CHAIR PERSON

Lizl Davel

Lizl has been the director of a fire company for 30 years, as well as serving on fire industry bodies. She has an intimate knowledge of 1475 products and services, SANAS gas test station services, and a good understanding of detection, gaseous and water systems.

Lizl has spent many years leading the 1475 committee and her contribution to the industry continues in her new role.

TREASURER

Matt Kielty

Matt has been involved in the fire industry for so long we haven’t got the space to list his full history.  He has managed and run a number of installation companies, so his practical industry experience is invaluable in the industry.  He has been involved in the SAQCC Fire for many years and has been instrumental in many of the assessments for D&GS.He has been re-elected into the Treasurer position which is testament to the trust the committees have in him.

1475 CHAIRPERSON

Belinda vd Merwe

Belinda holds a Baccalaureus degree in Town and Regional Planning (Cum Laude) and a B.Com (Hons) Economics (Cum Laude). She is registered as Professional Planner at SACPLAN, and holds an IFE Level 2 Certificate in Fire Science, Operations and Safety. She is also a qualified SAQCC Fire service technician and current Chairman of FFETA.

D&GS CHAIRPERSON

Brett Birch

Brett holds a B.Sc.Eng (Electronics) and IMM Sales Management Certificate and is a registered SAQCC fire detection designer. He has 24 years’ experience designing fire detection systems, manufacturing fire detection equipment, and in sales, marketing and distribution of fire detection systems. Brett held the position as Treasurer for D&GS and has been instrumental in working with the QCTO to help industry qualifications.

1475- COMMITTEE

1475 VICE CHAIRPERSON

JJ Scholtz

JJ has a Masters Degree in Theology, a Diploma in Psychology, 2nd year LLB with UISA, a diploma in Education and is a minister in Religion. He has more than 10 years within the fire industry and was previously Treasurer of the SAQCC Fire 1475 Committee for a number of years.  He is a qualified SAQCC Fire 1475 technician and a qualified Insurance Advisor.

TREASURER

Ian Gouws

Details to Follow

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Ben Badenhorst

Details to follow.

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Duncan Boyes

Experience: 30 years in the fire industry.

Represent the SABS at ISO meetings; SABS working committees;

Qualification: HDE; FIN Man; IMM; IFE2.

Expertise: Manufacturing of fire extinguishers; detection and gas systems.

Past Chair of SAQCC Fire

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Gary Brown

30 years management experience in Business Management and control of staff with Diploma in Business Administration Management, N4, N5, N6 Electronics, and DOL Communications Radio Trade and numerous SETA accreditations.

SAQCC/merSETA,Training Centre, Facilitator, Assessor and Moderator

SETA / SAQCC accredited, Facilitator, Assessor, Moderator for, SAQCC Fire Detection, SAQCC 1475 Technician training, merSETA, Basic Fire Training, First Aid Training, Facilitator and Assessor Training.

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Tim de Bruyn

Tim started in the fire equipment service industry in 1988, servicing portables at Fire Action. He then went on to installation and maintenance of Detection and Suppression Systems. Tim saw the need in the market for training and started offering amongst other courses, the 1475 technician training. Tim now heads up Alute SA offering training, consulting and support to entrepreneurs starting their own businesses.

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Meshak Gabeni (Jnr)

 

Meshack Holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Management Accounting from the University of Venda and a Diploma in Business Management. Meshack also holds various Certificates in Tourism, Human Resource Management and Marketing. He is also trained in Bible study with Certificates. He is the Part Owner of Mega Fire Projects, a company with more than 30 years in the businesses of fire safety and environmental concerns.

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Pre Govender

Pre holds the position of Operations Manager at Fire Check, and is solely responsible for the company’s fire stopping division, as well as its SANAS accredited test station and ISO 9001 quality system.

Pre is a qualified assessor and facilitator and holds an array of fire and safety related certificates.

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Raymond Nel

Raymond has been a director of a fire national fire protection company over the past 10 years. He started his career in Cape Town and later transferred to the Port Elizbeth branch. He currently serves as the organisation’s National Quality Assurance Manager, ensuring compliance for the SANAS accredited inspection bodies, quality management conformity and regulatory compliances. He has a background in LLB (LAW) and completed business management diploma. His strengths include thorough understanding and implementation of regulatory requirements and an aptitude for compliance and risk mitigation. He believes in transparency and loves sharing any knowledge acquired

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Johan Pretorius

Studied ND (Tech) diploma (mechanical) and always worked in manufacturing. Joined the fire security industry in 1993 and became Manufacturing Manager at an international fire extinguisher manufacturing facility. Expertise is in manufacturing and technical specifications of fixed and portable fire equipment, fire suppression systems and dry chemical fire extinguishing powder (DCP).  He’s current SABS SC and TC committee member.

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Barry Quicke

DETAILS TO FOLLOW

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Albert Smit

Safety Officer and SAQCC technician since 2010.

Owner of fire company in CPT

D&GS-COMMITTEE

1475 VICE CHAIRPERSON

Rowan Ellis

Rowan Currently has 7 years experience in the Fire Industry. Certified and Registered as a SAQCC Fire Detection Desginer and 1475. His main focus is doing designs, project managing and sales of Fire Detection and Suppression.

TREASURER

Hanlie Truter

 Hanlie is a gaseous fire suppression systems designer, with fourteen years of experience in the fire industry. She has a solid knowledge of pressure equipment manufacturing, systems approvals and systems verifications. Her current role as Commercial Manager of Fire and Security Techniques includes the responsibilities for administration and accounting, as well as an involvement in sales. Furthermore, she is the company’s representative for all matters relating to quality management, certifications and compliance, particularly with regard to maintaining the systems and records.

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Vaughan Cameron-Gunn

 

Vaughan has 23 years in the fire industry with an ecxpertise in Fire & Gas Suppresion Systems, supply and design

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Duncan Boyes

Experience: 30 years in the fire industry.

Represent the SABS at ISO meetings; SABS working committees;

Qualification: HDE; FIN Man; IMM; IFE2.

Expertise: Manufacturing of fire extinguishers; detection and gas systems.

Past Chair of SAQCC Fire

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Gary Brown

30 years management experience in Business Management and control of staff with Diploma in Business Administration Management, N4, N5, N6 Electronics, and DOL Communications Radio Trade and numerous SETA accreditations.
SAQCC/merSETA,Training Centre, Facilitator, Assessor and Moderator
SETA / SAQCC accredited, Facilitator, Assessor, Moderator for, SAQCC Fire Detection, SAQCC 1475 Technician training, merSETA, Basic Fire Training, First Aid Training, Facilitator and Assessor Training.

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Nick Collins

33 Years in the industry.
Nick has worked in various aspects of the industry

Had his own Installation
Company. Run his own
consulting firm.Conducted
Project Management
Provider Training

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Richard Collins

Richard has 18 years experience in the fire detection and gas suppression industry designing, installing, maintaining and repairing systems.

A registered designer for fire detection and registered commissioner for gas suppression.

Richard is always looking to expand his knowledge base as well as imparting the knowledge he has gained from the industry over the years to others.

COMMITTEE MEMBER

John du Plessis

John is an Inert Gas Suppression and Halocarbon Gas Suppression designer for redG Distributors with 13 years’ experience.

 

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Clive Foord

Clive started working in the Fire Detection industry back in 1991, from there He has been involved with not only running his own company but has been involved with the following industry bodies:
Fire Detection Installers Association Is presently the chairman
QCTO Involved with the Gas suppression Curriculum development.
SANS: On the working groups for the various standards relevant to the detection industry

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Stuart Henshilwood

Stuart is a relative newcomer to the Fire And Gas suppression industry.
He cut his teeth in the distribution side working for Devtrade in Cape Town from 2007-2011 thereafter moving into the installation side and slowly working his way up to partnering in his own business, Vulcan Integrated Solutions Pty Ltd since 2016.
He has come full circle having beeninvolved with establishing the roots of what became SAQCC D&GS in 2010/2011

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Mauro Manenti

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COMMITTEE MEMBER

Shane Nefdt

 

30 years in the fire industry.
Expertise: An ongoing growing technical knowledge and experience in fire detection and fire suppression systems and technologies. A passion for educating and developing expertise through training. Developing new, current and relevant training material to assist in the development of new skills. SAQCC registered Designer – Fire Detection.

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Tommy Phipps

Tommy comes from an Electrical background with some 50 years of experience in that field, he is a Registered Professional Technologist (Engineering) and an SAQCC registered fire detection Installer. He is involved in training and is a registered assessor & moderator for SASSETA and MERSETA. He has a passion for developing expertise through training and for developing relevant training material to assist in the development of skills

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Johan Smith

TO FOLLOW

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Vairaag Panchoo

TO FOLLOW

COMMITTEE MEMBER

Charles Thiongo

 

Qualification / Experience: Director at ACF Technologies which specializes in fire detection systems.
Years in Industry : 15 Years in RSA.
Expertise: Fire Detection- Design and Installation.