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FSA - Fire & Security Association

FSA operates as a specialist group within ECA for the fire, emergency and security systems, and monitoring centres industry. In partnership with SELECT (The Scottish Electrical Contractors Association) we offer national representation and the highest level of expertise for those who design, install, commission, maintain and monitor fire, emergency and security systems .

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Supporting Members with business resilience, growth and getting your voice heard

As a part of FSA, you can enjoy full access to the suite of comprehensive benefits and services ECA has to offer.

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Member Benefits

Expert Member Support

ECA’s teams of experts offer free support and guidance for Members across Technical, Employee Relations, Health & Safety, Business & Legal, Education & Skills and CSR & Environment.

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Industry-Leading Content

Keep up to date with the latest news in the electrotechnical and wider engineering service industry with our Member only newsletters, webinars, guidance notes and more.

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Dedicated Member Tools

ECA have developed industry-leading tried and tested tools. From creating risk assessments and method statements, to employee competence management, Members can access these free of charge.

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Specialist Services & Schemes

Access specialist business support services giving Members extra protection with the Guarantee of Works & Bond schemes. Plus, access ECIS private medical insurance and a Loan Labour scheme.

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Regional Network

Become part of ECA’s regional network. Members benefit from a dedicated regional team, regional events, training, seminars, and networking opportunities.

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Exclusive Discounts

Benefit from a wide range of discounts exclusively available to ECA Members, such as software tools, training and accreditation. Examples include Part P, NICEIC training and BSI subscriptions.

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Shaping Your Industry

ECA works to ensure the future of the industry is safe and fair through lobbying the government on policy and supply-chain practice, hosting specialist committees and as members of forums and boards.

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Promote Your Business

As an ECA Member you can showcase your business as a trusted, competent and compliant contractor backed by expert support and ECA's assurance schemes.

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Fire & Emergency System Companies
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Fire & Emergency System Companies

Emergency Lighting, Fire Detection and Alarm Systems form an integral part of a building's fire strategy - designed to provide an early warning and safe evacuation in the event of an emergency such as fire or electrical failure. These systems help reduce the devastating effects of fire within buildings and help protect the life of people who occupy them.

Already certified with any of the below schemes? You could be eligible to fast-track your membership!  

Fire Detection and Alarm Systems:

  • LPS 1014 BRE Certification
  • NSI BAFE SP203-1 (Gold or Silver FIRE Schemes)
  • SSAIB BAFE SP203-1 (FIRE Scheme)
  • BSI BAFE SP203-1
  • IEC BAFE SP203-1
  • SELECT - Approved Certification within Construction for Fire Detection & Alarm Systems

Emergency and Escape Lighting:

  • NSI BAFE SP203-4
  • BSI Kitemark BAFE SP203-4
  • SELECT - Approved Certification within Construction for Emergency and Escape Lighting

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Security Systems Companies
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Security Systems Companies

A well designed security system offers an effective solution in protecting against a number of elements such as unauthorised entry of buildings and its surrounding areas, providing deterence against criminal damage or anti social behaviour, also offering personal protection and peace of mind. 

Many of these systems serve a single purpose but often interface with combined elements such as CCTV, access control, intruder alarms, holdup alarm, social alarms and other building services which are monitored and maintained to offer the most comprehensive protection against the identified risks.

Already certified with any of the below schemes? You could be eligible to fast-track your membership! 

  • NSI Gold or Silver certification in either: intruder alarm, CCTV or access control systems
  • SSAIB certification in either: intruder alarm, CCTV, access control or telecare

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Monitoring Centres
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Monitoring Centres

Alarm Receiving Centres (ARCs) and Remote Video Response Centres (RVRCs) provide the highest level of assurance by continually monitoring security and fire alarm systems, filtering false alarms and alerting the relevant emergency services or key holders in the event of the system activating.

Monitoring centres are uniquely positioned alongside system installer and the end user to ensure that once the system is activated an action and outcome is achieved. Systems requiring a police response must be monitored by UKAS accredited centres.

Already certified with any of the below schemes? You could be eligible to fast-track your membership!

  • NSI Gold ARC’s or RVRC’s
  • SSAIB Monitoring

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You could also receive a 25% discount on your first year membership!

BSI Online Standards Library

Make huge savings by taking advantage of ECA's exclusive subscription to the BSI Online Standards Library!

FESS Apprenticeships

As part of the government's Trailblazer Initiative, an employer group with the support of the FSA, BSIA, FIA and other industry stakeholders have developed a Fire, Emergency and Security Systems Technicians (FESS) Apprenticeship which was launched in February 2017. It focuses on Employer-designed apprenticeships standards to ensure apprentices' training and assessment meet precise industry and business needs. 

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Find out all you need to know about FSA and why you should become a Member and become a part of FSA. Start your journey today!

Who we work with

BAFE is the independent registration body for third party certified fire protection companies across the UK. A national independent register of quality fire safety service providers. BAFE develops schemes to support quality standards for fire protection companies to achieve and become third party certified.

BRE (Building Research Establishment) are an innovative group of researchers, scientists, engineers and technicians who share a common goal – to make the built environment better for all

BSI is the business standards company that helps organisations make excellence a habit – all over the world. The BSI were the world’s first national standards body and we remain a leading global standards maker.


ECA has secured an exclusive subscription for ECA Members to the BSI Online Standards Library - with a 12-month subscription of only £100.00 + VAT for 80+ standards with access for up to 5 users! Potentially saving ECA Members up to £18k per year. 

The Federation is a not for profit non-government organisation established to act as a forum for the discussion of fire-related issues of interest to its membership and to evolve as a central source of information on all aspects relating to fire. It brings together representatives from a range of stakeholders which make up the UK Fire Sector.

The new National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) came into effect on April 1, 2017 and will provide fire services across the UK a prime opportunity to deliver and develop the Fire Reform agenda.

The NPCC brings police forces in the UK together to help policing coordinate operations, reform, improve and provide value for money.

The NSI is recognised as the leading certification body for the security and fire protection industries in the UK.

NICEIC is the UK’s leading voluntary regulatory body for the electrical contracting industry. The brand which is managed by Certsure, a company collectively owned by the ECA and ESF.

The Security Commonwealth is an umbrella organisation of independent membership bodies across the security profession. It provides a forum to consult and co-operate in the common interest and in the promotion of professionalism, best practice and information sharing to enhance UK security.

SELECT is the trade association for the electrical contracting industry in Scotland. Founded in 1900 as The Electrical Contractors' Association of Scotland, SELECT became the first trade association in the world to serve the electrical industry.

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