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British Government Home Office Updates The Fire Industry Association (FIA) On Key Worker Status Of Fire Safety Personnel

The Fire Industry Association (FIA) is continuously seeking further clarification from the Government's position on this issue after Boris Johnson's speech on Monday 23rd at 20:30. FIA CEO Ian Moore has been in discussions with the Home Office on this subject over the last few days. FIA CEO Ian Moore says, “We have received hundreds of calls requesting clarification on what is meant by the Home Office statements. My first response is to be pragmatic about what you deem to be important und...

BAFE Updates About ‘Key Worker’ Status

As one comes to terms with the latest restrictions announced by the Prime Minister, one shares the uncertainties of the ‘lockdown’ requirements.  BAFE had the news recently that fire alarm technicians are considered key workers, when they are responding to alarms or system failures. However, to date there is no other clarification regarding other services.  BAFE has set out to remind property managers of their obligations under legislation to maintain fire protection syst...

BAFE Releases Fire Safety Advisory During The Coronavirus (COVID19) Pandemic

BAFE has announced releasing a fire safety advisory during the on-going coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic. The advisory stated, “During this extraordinary situation, it must be noted that fire safety cannot be put on hold. Fire does not discriminate, and it is important that your fire safety policy is well maintained appropriately”. Fire safety systems and provisions It further reads, ”BAFE have discussed this fact before, but fire safety systems and provisions are different to...

UK Government Announces New Proposed Fire Safety Bill In The Midst Of The On-Going Coronavirus Pandemic

The new fire safety bill, announced by the UK government post consultations with FIA (Fire Industry Association) and fire industry experts, aims to help people feel safe in their homes around the country, whilst ensuring that a fire related tragedy similar to that of Grenfell Tower fire never happens again. Fire Safety Bill The proposed Fire Safety Bill will amend the Fire Safety Order 2005 to clarify that the responsible person or duty-holder for multi-occupied, residential buildings must man...

FIA Announces Opportunities For People From Active Fire Protection Industry To Engage Directly With DIT DSO

The FIA Export Council and all of ‘FIA Exporters’ are aware that they work closely with the Department for International Trade [DIT] and its Defence and Security Organisation [DSO], in respect of promoting the fire sector’s export interests overseas. The FIA is writing to highlight the opportunities for industry sector specialists to work within DIT DSO on time-limited projects to support UK exports. As part of the new 2019 Security Export Strategy, DIT DSO are seeking support...

BAFE Releases Coronavirus Guidance For Registered Companies’ Access To Client Premises

As BAFE Registered Companies will be aware, there are certain time period requirements when service and maintenance work should be performed for fire safety provisions and systems. At present, if a client is not permitting access on-site due to coronavirus precautions, the company should make sure that they explain that it is their decision to not allow the completion of the work. It is the role of the premises management (i.e. Responsible Person/Duty Holder) to ensure they fulfil their fire sa...

Cambridgeshire Fire And Rescue Service Ready To Provide Emergency Response Treatment In Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service announced that it has been putting plans in place to ensure residents across the county will get emergency response treatment when they need it during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Emergency response treatment Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, Chief Fire Officer, Chris Strickland said, “We want to assure residents that we are taking the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic very seriously. We have been working closely with our...

REV Fire California Announces Partnership With Southern California Fleet Services, Inc.

REV Fire California, popular fire department equipment supplier and subsidiary of REV Group, is proud to announce a partnership with Southern California Fleet Services, Inc. (So Cal Fleet) to provide service and warranty work for its Southern California customers with E-One, KME, and Ferrara apparatus. So Cal Fleet is based in Corona, CA and has multiple locations and road crews that are available 24 hours a day for all repair and maintenance needs. enhanced service and warranty experience Whe...

Cambridgeshire Fire And Rescue Service Hosts BAFSA One-Day Business Seminar Themed – ‘Providing A Fire Resilient Environment For All’

Around 200 delegates from the building and design industries in the region and beyond attended a one-day business seminar on ‘Providing a fire resilient environment for all’. Organised by the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association Ltd (BAFSA) in collaboration with, and hosted by, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, the event focused on raising awareness of the life-saving benefits sprinkler and suppression systems can provide to communities. It was held at The Burgess Hall...

NVFC Partners With DRONERESPONDERS To Help America’s Volunteer Fire And Emergency Services Utilize Drones In Public Safety

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), the non-profit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue services, has announced a partnership with DRONERESPONDERS – the world’s fastest growing program supporting public safety – to help coordinate, cooperate, and co-promote efforts to enhance the use of drones in the pursuit of public safety. Drone Operations The memorandum of understanding outlines the key initiatives under which th...

NVFC Introduces The HERO Act To Address Public Safety Behavioral Health

On January 28, Senators Jacky Rosen and Deb Fischer introduced the HERO Act, S. 3244, companion legislation to H.R. 1646, which was introduced last year by Representatives Ami Bera and Brian Fitzpatrick. The HERO Act establishes a series of programs to address public safety behavioral health issues, including: Creates a grant program for peer-support behavioral health and wellness programs at fire departments and EMS agencies Directs the U.S. Fire Administration in coordination with the Depa...

BAFE Responds To Government Fire Safety Consultation About Risk Prioritization In Existing Buildings

The Government consultation ‘Fire safety: risk prioritization in existing buildings’, closed recently. In January Stephen Adams, Chief Executive, BAFE, encouraged everyone to review the document provided on the MHCLG website and to respond accordingly. The call for evidence noted it was “in line with the Secretary of State’s commitment to conducting a full-scale technical review of the Fire Safety guidance to the Building Regulations (Approved Document B) and to provide...

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