Preventive maintenance is a priority at CBFM, and it is here that the role of Al Mareefa Training Bus takes central focus in the company’s plans.

Al Mareefa was created by a team of in-house carpenters and electricians who renovated a second-hand school bus, which included the removal of 75% of its seats in order to build workbenches for the training. The bus has also been modified with a mini-theatre style seating arrangement and TV monitor for class-room type training delivery.

Simulation panels, such as electrical distribution boards for the practical part of the training were also installed. The bus features a vehicle fire suppression system and an on-board generator for power supply. Training provided aboard Al Mareefa is technically inclined and covers MEP and HVAC services, for which equipment has been installed and space created to impart practical education.

Up to 14 people are simultaneously trained aboard the bus, which remains stationary throughout.

“We are very focused on a preventative approach to maintenance, so the Al Mareefa Training Bus plays a critical role in ensuring our teams are updated about tools and techniques like vibration analysis, alignment instruments, thermal imagery, and data loggers, to name a few,” Harfield notes.

However, CBFM’s awareness of market requirements extends beyond the technical facets of MEP and HVAC delivery, as is evidenced by its contract with Aldar Academies.

CBFM’s work with Aldar includes the all-girl Al Mamoura School, leading the company to employ its first female maintenance team. The company will provide full hard and soft FM services for the facilities, including the operational and maintenance (O&M) of electrical services and HVAC systems, and round-the-clock MEP services.

“At Aldar’s all-girls school, only female students and staff are permitted during the school day, and within set times,” the CEO explains.

“We have therefore deployed only female technicians at the school to carry out routine work during the day in order to comply with the all-female environment. These technicians liaise closely with the project coordinator, prioritise corrective tasks to be scheduled and completed outside of the protected school environment, as well as schedule teams at the appropriate times to complete tasks.

“CBFM’s key differentiating factor is our people. We genuinely care about the skill levels of all our staff and to this end we invest in them, care for them, and bring them on our very own journey to excellence.

“CBFM is a motivated and positive entity, and all its employees, supervisors, and managers are aligned with one clear vision – to do a job well, safely, and effectively,” Harfield adds.


Looking ahead, CBFM’s work in the MEP and HVAC sector will benefit from the firm’s recently received accreditation as an energy services company (ESCO).

“One of our parent companies, ENGIE, is heavily invested in energy services, so our development in this sector is extremely complementary to their activities,” Harfield concludes.

“We can never stop; to stand still in this market is to regress. With the technology now increasingly available, Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives and the scope of integration opportunities, our focus is always on what we can provide, rather than just what we do.”