New contracts and staff for Newton Abbot firm
A NEWTON ABBOT-based company is celebrating winning two new contracts with major companies, enabling it to expand out of the region for the first time and also take on new staff.
Firewatch, one of the South West's leading fire protection services company, has been awarded a contract for the maintenance of fire alarm systems and fire extinguishers by Westward Housing Group.
Westward, which comprises Westcountry Housing and Tarka Housing, is a leading regional social housing and support provider, with over 180 offices, communal sheltered and supported sites across the region. It also provides affordable properties and services to more 6,600 households in Devon and Cornwall.
Martin Smith, the CEO of Firewatch, said he was very proud to be working with the company. "Like us, Westward Housing Group is an established local company, to whom service and support are extremely important. The importance of regular and proper maintenance of fire extinguishers and alarm systems by properly qualified engineers cannot be underestimated — especially when lives depend on them," he said.
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Nigel Barnard, Westward's asset management director, said: "I look forward to a positive working relationship with Firewatch which was awarded this servicing, testing and repairs contract in a competitive procurement process. We are delighted it will provide this critical health and safety role."
This comes shortly after Firewatch further strengthened its relationship with Western Power Distribution, after being awarded a new contract for the maintenance of fire extinguishers and fire-alarm systems for 30 more sites, in addition to the current contracts already in place.
Firewatch has provided these services to Western Power Distribution, the electricity distribution business for the South West, South Wales and the Midlands, for over 10 years.
Martin Smith said the hard work in securing these contracts was very much a team effort by his senior management team of Royston Blunt and Jon Limer, led by Firewatch's managing director, Max Willey.
"We are very proud to have been working with Western Power Distribution for so long. In addition to our core services, the contract also includes delivering our successful employee fire-training courses to these additional sites in the Midlands," he said.
This is the first time the company — which was the first fire-protection company in Great Britain to gain approval for both of the BAFE* schemes in the maintenance of fire extinguishers and fire alarms — has expanded out of the south west region.
To assist with its extended coverage, Firewatch has employed two new fire alarm engineers; Ashur El-Yasir, based in Clevedon, and Chris Iles in Bridgwater, as well as Mark Harris, a fire extinguisher technician, based in Torquay.