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Lack of assessors hits fire risk checks, says London Fire Brigade

There should be competence in fire risk assessment.
The matter of fire risk assessment was raised in Fire Safety Order conference organised by LFB

London Fire Brigade has focussed on the need of 'competence' in fire risk assessment.

Fire risk assessments are in danger as landlords are struggling to find competent assessors, it has been revealed. A fire safety manager for London Fire Brigade (LFB) has said "competence is what we need" at a conference about the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order. Nick Coombe, member of LFB's fire safety regulation team, was speaking at the Social Housing and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order conference, organised by the LFB in association with Peabody.

Mr Coobe told the conference that assessors cannot be competent in fire risk assessment processes "after a five-day course". He said: "We don't want it to be a consultant's charter. It might not say it in the law, but being competent is what we need." The conference was held on November 23rd to explore subjects including the fire risk assessment process, sourcing competent fire safety advice, developing a fire safety strategy and compliance with fire safety regulations. 

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