About us

The South African Qualification & Certification Committee (SAQCC) Fire is an industry-elected body, established to ensure that servicing and maintenance of fire protection equipment is conducted according to the specifications laid out in SANS 1475 and, more importantly, that individuals and companies designing, installing and servicing gas suppression and fire detection systems, and fire protection equipment have the correct training, qualifications and experience.

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 upto 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.

How our technicians benefit



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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.

Organisational structure

Organisational structure


Directors

Current Directors

Duncan Boyes

Duncan Boyes

Chairman

Duncan holds various qualifications includeing: HDE, FIN Man, IM, IFE2. With 30 years' experience in the manufacture of fire extinguishers, detection systems and gas systems, he represents the SABS at ISO Meetings and SABS working committees.

Tom Dreyer

Tom Dreyer

Vice Chairman









Matt Kielty

Matt Kielty

Treasurer










Lizl Davel

Lizl Davel

Chairperson – 1475 Committee

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.

Nichola Allan

Nichola Allan

Chairperson – D & GS Committee

Nichola grew up in the industry, working for her father's installation company as a teenager. After obtaining her B.Eng Honors in electrical and electronic engineering and diploma in Marketing, she worked in telecoms before returning to the industry in 2000. Nichola completed FIA Training in Advance Fire Detection Design in 2016 and has contibuted extensively to the SAQCC fire detection training materials.

Executive Committee

Click here for the Executive Committee Chairmans Report

Current committee members

Duncan Boyes

Duncan Boyes

Duncan holds various qualifications includeing: HDE, FIN Man, IM, IFE2. With 30 years' experience in the manufacture of fire extinguishers, detection systems and gas systems, he represents the SABS at ISO Meetings and SABS working committees.

Tom Dreyer

Tom Dreyer

Matt Kielty

Matt Kielty

Lizl Davel

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.



Ian Gouws

Ian Gouws

Ian is a qualified SACC 1475 technician. He has been in the fire industry for the past 34 years and is currently the Managing Director of Fire-Quip. Ian has been a member of the SAQCC 1475 committee for the last 15 years.

John Caird

John Caird

A qualified City & Guilds Mechanic, John is also qualified in SAQCC 1036 and SANS 1475. With 24 years' experience under his belt, he is proficient in technical training. John compiles the SAQCC Fire Toolbox Talks, as well as technical fire protection trade training materials and standard operation procedures.

Clive Foord

Clive Foord

Clive has over 35 years' experience in the field. He began his career at Atomic Energey Corporation in 1979 as a learner Electronics Technician, then moved on to Schindler Fire & Security and Protech Fire. In 2004 he started Sensor Special Risk Technologies. His area of expertise is serving industrial clients.

Nichola Allan

Nichola Allan

Nichola grew up in the industry, working for her father's installation company as a teenager. After obtaining her B.Eng Honors in electrical and electronic engineering and diploma in Marketing, she worked in telecoms before returning to the industry in 2000. Nichola completed FIA Training in Advance Fire Detection Design in 2016 and has contibuted extensively to the SAQCC fire detection training materials.

SAQCC 1475 Committee

Click here for SAQCC 1475 Chairmans Report

Current committee members

Lizl Davel

Lizl Davel

Chairperson

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.

John Caird

John Caird

Vice Chairman

A qualified City & Guilds Mechanic, John is also qualified in SAQCC 1036 and SANS 1475. With 24 years' experience under his belt, he is proficient in technical training. John compiles the SAQCC Fire Toolbox Talks, as well as technical fire protection trade training materials and standard operation procedures.

Ian Gouws

Ian Gouws

Treasurer

Ian is a qualified SACC 1475 technician. He has been in the fire industry for the past 34 years and is currently the Managing Director of Fire-Quip. Ian has been a member of the SAQCC 1475 committee for the last 15 years.



Duncan Boyes

Duncan Boyes

Chairman of Excom

Duncan holds various qualifications includeing: HDE, FIN Man, IM, IFE2. With 30 years' experience in the manufacture of fire extinguishers, detection systems and gas systems, he represents the SABS at ISO Meetings and SABS working committees.



Tom Dreyer

Tom Dreyer

Past Chairman











Ben Badenhorst

Ben Badenhorst

Member

Apart from being a qualified SAQCC 1475 technician, Ben has a B-Proc Degree and is an admitted attorney with the High Court of South Africa. He has been in the fire industry for the past 7 years and is a member of the SAQCC committee and Disciplinary Sub-committee. His current position is Commercial Director of Fire-Quip.

Nhamo Badza

Nhamo Badza

Member

Nhamo is a qualified 1475 technician with more than 10 years in the field of Marketing Management. He is currently studying towards a Degree in Marketing Management with the IMM Graduate School of Marketing.




Pre Govender

Pre Govender

Member

Pre holds a National Diploma in Safety Management and is a qualified safety officer, assessor & facilitator. Currently head of the fire doors division at his company and deputy technical manager of a SANAS approved gas test station, Pre is a registered 1475 and D&GS technician, with experience in ISO 9001 quality systems.

Ivan Radmore

Ivan Radmore

Member

A familiar figure on the local fire industry field, over the past 30 years Ivan has served on many industry committees including SANAS, SABS, FFETA and FDIA. He is self employed as contractor dealing with products across the portables, detection, suppression and sprinkler ranges.

Caid Schoeman

Caid Schoeman

Member

Caid holds certificates in Fire Science, Operation & Safety, and Fire Safety & Management and has 6 years exerience in the industry. He is involved in sales and maintenance of all fire protection equipment, first aid equipment and new installations. He also has experience in risk assessment and evacuation plans.

Belinda van der Merwe

Belinda van der Merwe

Member

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.

Astrid Wright

Astrid Wright

Member

Astrid is a 1475 Registered Technician and has served as Chairperson of FFETA for a number of years. Her particular area of expertise is CO2 high pressure testing and servicing of portable fire extinguishers.




Johan Pretorius

Johan Pretorius

Member

Johan studied ND (Tech) diploma (mechanical). He joined the fire security industry in 1993 as manufacturing manager at an international fire extinguisher manufacturer. He specialises in manufacturing and technical specifications of fixed and portable fire equipment, fire suppression systems and dry chemical fire extinguishing powder. He is currently an SABS SC and TC committee member.

Meshak Gabeni

Meshak Gabeni

Member

Meshak holds a B.Com from the University of North and a Certificate in General Management from the Institute of People Development. He is the founding member and managing director of fire company, and has spent 30 years' experience. Over the years, he has served on variousindustry bodies and is a past Chairman of FFETA.



Kessie Naicker

Kessie Naicker

Member



SAQCC Fire Detection & Gas Suppression Committee

Click here for the SAQCC Fire Detection & Gas Suppression Chairmans Report

Current committee members

Nichola Allan

Nichola Allan

Chairperson

Nichola grew up in the industry, working for her father's installation company as a teenager. After obtaining her B.Eng Honors in electrical and electronic engineering and diploma in Marketing, she worked in telecoms before returning to the industry in 2000. Nichola completed FIA Training in Advance Fire Detection Design in 2016 and has contibuted extensively to the SAQCC fire detection training materials.

Clive Foord

Clive Foord

Vice Chairman

Clive has over 35 years' experience in the field. He began his career at Atomic Energey Corporation in 1979 as a learner Electronics Technician, then moved on to Schindler Fire & Security and Protech Fire. In 2004 he started Sensor Special Risk Technologies. His area of expertise is serving industrial clients.





Duncan Boyes

Duncan Boyes

Chairman of Excom

Duncan holds various qualifications includeing: HDE, FIN Man, IM, IFE2. With 30 years' experience in the manufacture of fire extinguishers, detection systems and gas systems, he represents the SABS at ISO Meetings and SABS working committees.




Brett Birch

Brett Birch

Member

Brett holds a B.Sc.Eng (Electronics) and IMM Sales Management Certificate and is a registered SAQCC fire detection deisgner. He has 24 years' experience designing fire detection systems, manufacturing fire detection equipment, and in sales, marketing and distribution of fire detection systems.





Nick Collins

Nick Collins

Member

Nick has 33 years in the industry under his belt. He has owned an installation company and a consulting firm with the emphasis on Project Management. Nick is a SAQCC Registered Designer in Detection and Gas Suppression and conducts Gas Suppression Training.

Vaughan Cameron-Gunn

Vaughan Cameron-Gunn

Member

Vaughan has 23 years' experience in the Fire/Gas Suppression field. He designs and supplies fire suppression systems.







Sarah Clayton

Sarah Clayton

Member

Sarah holds a BSc (Hons) PGDIP and SAQCC registered fire detection. She is a specialist Fire Detection and Voice Evacuation systems integrator.







Jim Grant

Jim Grant

Member

Jim's qualifications include City & Guilds: Electrical (UK) Theory & Craft Practices and 39 years' experience as a SAQCC Designer, Fire Detection and Gas Suppression systems.





Charles Thiongo

Charles Thiongo

Member

Charles is a Director at ACF Technologies, which specialises in fire detection systems. He has 15 years' experience in the design and installation of fire detection systems.

Matt Kielty

Matt Kielty

Member








Ivan Radmore

Ivan Radmore

Member

A familiar figure on the local fire industry field, over the past 30 years Ivan has served on many industry committees including SANAS, SABS, FFETA and FDIA. He is self employed as contractor dealing with products across the portables, detection, suppression and sprinkler ranges.

Hanlie Truter

Hanlie Truter

Member

Hanlie is a Gaseous Fire Suppression Systems Designer. Her area of expertise is QM/Certifications.

Shane Nefdt

Shane Nefdt

Member

Shane is a Senior Telecom Technician SAPO and a SAQCC registered fire detection designer. He is involved in training, and is also a lecturer, facilitator, assessor & moderator. He has a passion for educating and developing expertise through training and developing new, current and relevant training material to assist in the development of new skills.

Andy O'Hare

Andy O'Hare

Member

Andy is a registered Gas suppression designer. His area of expertise is FSIB Gas Suppression Training, Tyco (JCI) Training INERT Gas Suppression and Halocarbon Gas Suppression.

Vairaag Panchoo

Vairaag Panchoo

Member