United Kingdom (UK) Fire Industry News

Shortage Of Volunteers In Fire Service, Growing Need For Trained Personnel

Recruiting and training enough firefighters to meet community needs has been a continuing challenge for decades, especially in the case of volunteer firefighters, who make up 70% of the fire service in the United States. In some areas of the country, the problem has reached a critical stage. A recent report by a commission of lawmakers, city officials and emergency service personnel in Pennsylvania, for example, notes that the population of volunteer firefighters in the state has dwindled from...

Siemens Warns UK Businesses About The Consequences Of False Fire Alarms During Festive Season

As the countdown to Christmas gets well and truly underway with offices and places of work getting into the festive spirit, Siemens Building Technologies is warning UK businesses about the potential consequences of false fire alarms during the busiest period of the year. False alarms from remotely-monitored fire detection and fire alarm systems cost the UK economy an estimated £1 billion in business disruption with 95% of automatically-generated alarms being proved to be false placing Fire...

A New Normal: California Wildfires Deadliest In History

The immense scope and scale of this month’s California wildfires are a timely reminder of a “new normal” that includes a catastrophic toll in human tragedy and presents new challenges for fire service professionals. Some have pointed to the increased frequency of wildfires as a consequence of global warming, and the resulting higher temperatures, less humidity and changing wind and rainfall patterns. President Trump has blamed “poor forest management” (an assertion...

The 2018 Fire Industry Association AGM brought together 300 fire safety industry leaders

The 2018 Fire Industry Association Annual General Meeting (AGM) and lunch was again, one of the standout industry events of the year bringing together more than 300 industry leaders. The FIA AGM provides the ideal opportunity to highlight the achievements of the association over the last year and signal our priorities for the future. Our members mingle with industry colleagues, entertain prospective customers and catch up with the FIA Secretariat team. This year Ellie Taylor provided the after-...

International Fire Safety Standards Coalition appoints experts to help improve building safety worldwide

Leading lights in fire safety have been appointed by the International Fire Safety Standards Coalition [IFSS] to help improve building safety worldwide. A core group of twenty-two leading fire safety experts was appointed to the coalition’s standards setting committee that will work to develop landmark industry standards for fire safety in buildings. Overcoming Risk To Public Safety Past-president of the Association for Project Safety (APS) Bobby Chakravarthy – who is a founder mem...

Comelit Offers Five-Year Guarantee On Complete New Range Of Fire Detection Solutions

Comelit UK is offering a free five-year guarantee from the date of manufacture as standard, across its complete new range of fire detection solutions. The Italian security systems manufacturer, known for its high specification solutions, presents an innovative range of automatic fire detection systems, including conventional and addressable panels, that have proven successful across Europe. Already pledging its commitment to the sector by becoming a member of the FIA, and ensuring its complete...

Checkmate Fire Solutions meet the demand for compliance and installation services with new office in Swindon

Checkmate Fire Solutions, one of the UK’s biggest passive fire protection specialist, is continuing its expansion with the opening of a new office in Swindon. The Yorkshire-headquartered business already has regional offices in Birmingham and Essex, but rising demand for its compliance and third-party accredited installation services means it now needs an additional location. The new office at Swindon’s Windmill Hill Business Park will be managed by Mark Cawthra, who will oversee th...

Dräger Provides PARAT 5550 Fire Escape Hood To Protect Victims From Toxic Smoke

Standards are being set with fire and rescue services in the UK adopting escape hoods to protect trapped and injured people from toxic smoke during evacuation at fires. Latest figures show in the year 2017/2018 firefighters attended 717,890 incidents in the UK, with 213,464 being fires. Fire related fatalities totalled 401 and there were 5113 non-fatal fire related casualties requiring hospital treatment. The London Fire Brigade is the first in the UK to carry the PARAT 5550 to protect members...

Intersec 2019 to focus on government regulations and infrastructure investment as key drivers for fire safety industry

The Middle East’s US$1.9 billion fire safety systems and equipment market will see solid growth over the next six years, with new government regulations around life safety and fire protection along with large-scale infrastructure investment among the key market drivers. A November 2018 report by analysts 6Wresearch estimates the Middle East market for firefighting systems, fire detection & alarm systems, and emergency exit & lighting, will be worth US$3 billion by 2024, growing at...

In Search Of Best Practices As Grenfell Tower’s Impact Reverberates

From a dozen or more perspectives, the tragic fire at London’s Grenfell Tower was a wakeup call. The shear scope of the tragedy – 72 deaths, 70 injuries in the worst United Kingdom residential fire since World War II – is a stark reminder of the importance of fire prevention, and the catastrophic consequences of its failure. There are additional lessons to be learned from the fire service response to the blaze, which burned for 60 hours and involved 250 London Fire Brigade fir...

IFEDA appoints Mike Tobin as the Chairman of the association

IFEDA, the Independent Fire Engineering & Distributors Association, welcomes Mike Tobin as the new Chairman of the association. Mr Tobin was voted in at the recent IFEDA AGM. Mr Tobin has worked in the fire protection industry for 27 years, and is Managing Director of Security and Fire Experts Ltd (SAFE). With a background in fire detection and alarm systems, he has evolved SAFE, which now provides fire extinguishers, security, and electrical installations to clients worldwide. This recent...

Checkmate Fire Solutions Expands Team With Internal Compliance Auditors For Enhancing Quality Levels

Checkmate Fire Solutions, the UK’s passive fire protection specialist, is delighted to announce the appointments of Ash Babb and Andrew Heywood as Internal Technical Compliance Auditors, with responsibility for further improving its quality levels.    The pair will undertake additional audits on Checkmate’s Passive Fire Protection, Fire Door, Intumescent Paint and Fire-Resistant Glazing installations and repairs, over and above the inspections carried out for third-party a...

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