Industrial Fire Journal - Fire & Rescue - Hemming Group Ltd
Tyco Fire Protection Products launches new TechXchange Training Academy in Manchester, UK
Published:  28 January, 2013

TechXchange will provide training services to fire and mechanical installers, contractors, specifiers and engineers who design and install fire protection and mechanical solutions, throughout the EMEA region.

The Academy, which will be used by Tyco’s regional sales teams and technical trainers from around EMEA, will provide support to customers throughout the region. This will be achieved through hands-on practical and theoretical sessions conducted in local language. The wide range of training solutions that will be provided include automatic sprinkler systems, gaseous suppression, foam fire protection, restaurant fire suppression systems, fire detection  and alarm, mechanical and grooved piping solutions and importantly how to design, install and maintain a fire protection system.

The Training Academy is easily accessible due to its central location close to both Manchester and Liverpool international airports and motorway network. The centre has a 50m² conference room, a 49m² Sprinkler, Suppression & Mechanical hands-on training room, a 59m² Detection hands-on training room and a 12m² spray demonstration room. It is estimated that there will be 90 – 100 training sessions, with over 1000 people trained annually.

Geoff Harris, Area Manager at the Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service officially opened the new TechXchange Training Academy, he said "I am pleased to have been invited to open the TechXchange Academy; a training centre such as this will raise awareness on the importance of fire protection systems within the UK for life safety and property protection”.

 “Regional facilities allow our customers to access a full range of training services. Professional training tailored to local needs and regulations is key to providing best practice in fire safety,” explained Jan Schumer, Territory Manager, UK for, Tyco Fire Protection Products. “With these well equipped new facilities, regional teams will be able to easily hold customised sessions.”

At the official opening Tyco welcomed more than 60 customers and visitors to the centre. Through an overview of both practical and theory based presentations that will be delivered, attendees were given a detailed insight into the current strategy and future of the centre. As part of the business’ commitment to sharing its knowledge and expertise within the fire protection industry, Tyco is continuing to investigate further opportunities for additional local training centres across EMEA.