Aico are delighted to have been selected as a supplier on all categories of the West Midlands Fire Service Framework, which will shortly be available to all UK Fire & Rescue Services (subject to contract).

The West Midlands Fire Service Framework will facilitate the procurement of Fire and Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms for all UK Fire and Rescue Services (FRS), in a move towards the standardisation of requirements as outlined in regulations. As part of the supplier status, market-leading Aico will provide Smoke, Heat and CO alarms, including their technologically advanced, award-winning alarms for total protection.

Paul Cartwright, Aico National Accounts Manager says “As the UK market-leading supplier of domestic smoke and CO alarms it is fantastic that we can now offer the same level of support and the same quality product to our FRS for their safety work with the general public. We aim to be the number one supplier to the FRS moving forward and intend to bring a level of support to the contract that has never been seen before.

When safe to do so, we will be making our team of 23 supportive Regional Specification Managers and our four mobile training units available for use by the FRS, offering free FIA CPD training to any service employees. The mobile units can also be used for awareness and engagement events where needed.

Every product Aico will supply to the contract will be individually tested at least four times before leaving our factory in Ireland, ensuring every alarm works as designed, to sit on the ceiling silently protecting occupants for a full 10 years.

Our innovative SmartLINK system has been adopted by over a hundred social landlords across the UK and we are very pleased that West Midlands Fire & Rescue Service have extended the Framework to provide for future technology. SmartLINK is now available through the Framework for the FRS to deliver additional protection for the most vulnerable in society, providing a simple GSM Gateway connected system for occupants and their families and carers.”

This opportunity comes in the wake of a new campaign by Aico to increase support to the Fire and Rescue Service across the UK. The campaign launched in September 2020 with the focus of offering increased support to each of the 52 Fire and Rescue Brigades in the UK, through the provision of Aico’s FIA approved CPD training based on BS 5839-6:2019, use of Aico’s mobile training and demonstration units and access to office space at their Centre of Excellence, as well as homeowner and tenant safety packs.

Neal Hooper, Managing Director of Aico commented “For us, it is not just about alarms. One of our core values is creating safer communities and we have decided to increase our support for the Fire and Rescue Service. We already have strong partnerships with several Fire and Rescue Services around the UK but feel we could be doing more.”

Aico has rapidly grown over 31 years to become the recognised UK market leader in domestic Fire and Carbon Monoxide protection that they are today, with education, quality, service and innovation at the core of everything they do. With life safety products, quality is paramount. Aico are always looking towards the future and will continue to pioneer in the latest technological advancements in sensor technology and advance the connected home, maintaining their position as the leader in home life safety, promoting best practice and engaging with their communities to deliver safer homes.