Danielle Amara Cotton
BAFSA, the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association Ltd is delighted to report that the London Assembly has launched a powerful and comprehensive report calling for the mandatory installation sprinklers in all new homes in England. London Assembly Report In the opening statement of this proposal, Navin Shah, Chair of the London Assembly, stated “We pay our respects to all those who have died in fires in their place of residency and those who’ve been affected. Our thoughts are particularly with the families and loved ones of all those who died and suffered following the Grenfell Tower block fire.” He added, “It is crucial that we use the outrage and the lessons of this fire to ensure that every Londoner is better protected from fire in their homes. That is why I led this review on behalf of the Planning Committee to look at whether sprinklers should be made mandatory in London’s homes.” Importance of fire sprinklers Sprinklers are a reliable and cost-effective fire safety measure that can greatly reduce risk of death and injury The evidence clearly suggests that sprinklers can provide an additional layer of fire safety before the London Fire Brigade arrives at the scene. The Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade, Danielle Amara Cotton told the London Assembly, “As a measure as part of a range of options in making buildings safe [sprinklers] are key going forward.” Sprinklers are a reliable and cost-effective fire safety measure that can greatly reduce risk of death, injury, property damage and harm to local communities. In the long term the evidence also strongly points towards making sprinklers mandatory in all residential buildings as has been the case in Wales since 2016. Retrofitting sprinklers in buildings But, it is also important to be pragmatic and accept that given the magnitude of the task, it is not feasible to make sprinklers immediately mandatory in all buildings in England. Retrofitting sprinklers in buildings over 30 meters high or 10 storys tall in London alone could cost up to £500 million and the relatively small sprinkler industry would be overwhelmed due to the issues of capacity. As such, the London Assembly is calling for a risk-based, phased, ‘road map’ towards making sprinklers mandatory in all homes in England. So, the assembly recommended that the Building Regulations should require all new residential buildings over 18 meters high or 6 storys tall, new care homes and sheltered housing be fitted with sprinklers immediately. The London Assembly also called on the UK Government to require sprinklers to be retrofitted in every existing tall building, care home and sheltered housing block during refurbishment work.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, appoints Andy Roe as London’s new Fire Commissioner. Andy Roe will take up the post as the head of London Fire Brigade (LFB) on 1 January 2020, following a comprehensive international recruitment process. He will be taking over from Dany Cotton who last week announced she would be stepping down as Commissioner at the end of December. Andy Roe will be responsible for leading the transformational change needed at LFB and will work closely with the Deputy Mayor for Fire and Resilience, Fiona Twycross, to deliver on the recommendations of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase One report. He will also ensure the Brigade contributes effectively in Phase Two of the Inquiry. Busiest Fire And Rescue Services He is responsible for LFB’s 103 fire stations and its 5,000 firefighters and staff The new Fire Commissioner will also lead the production of the next London Safety Plan, which outlines everything the LFB will do to make the capital safe – from attending and tackling fires and being prepared to respond to a terrorist incident to fitting smoke alarms and rescuing someone involved in a road traffic collision. Andy Roe brings a wealth of experience of dealing with major incidents and having operational command of Britain’s busiest fire and rescue service. A former British Army officer, he has worked at London Fire Brigade since 2002, progressing through the ranks as a firefighter - initially at Clerkenwell and West Hampstead. He became Assistant Commissioner in January 2017 before stepping up as Deputy Commissioner for Operations last month. He is responsible for LFB’s 103 fire stations and its 5,000 firefighters and staff. Hugely Experienced Firefighter He had operational command for the Croydon tram crash in 2016 and took the decision to revoke the ‘stay put’ advice minutes after becoming incident commander at the Grenfell Tower fire. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Keeping Londoners safe is my number-one priority and I’m determined to do everything I can to ensure we have a fire and rescue service that is the best in the world. Andy Roe is a hugely experienced firefighter and I’m really pleased to have appointed him as London’s Fire Commissioner.” “The Grenfell Tower Inquiry report made it clear there were institutional failures that meant, while firefighters performed with great courage and bravery, the overall response to the disaster was not good enough, and there are significant lessons for London Fire Brigade. I look forward to working with Andy Roe to deliver on the Inquiry’s recommendations and to ensure the transformation of the Brigade is carried out as effectively and swiftly as possible.” Period Of Transformation It is an enormous privilege to be offered this opportunity to lead London Fire Brigade into a new decade" Andy Roe, said: “It is an enormous privilege to be offered this opportunity to lead London Fire Brigade into a new decade. My priority is to protect and serve all Londoners and make sure the capital’s fire and rescue service is the very best it can be.” “We have some real challenges ahead, but I’ll be working tirelessly with the Brigade, the Mayor and London’s communities to ensure we deliver on the recommendations of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry report. I’m looking forward to leading the Brigade through a period of transformation and delivering a workforce that truly reflects the diverse city we serve.” Response To Major Incidents Fiona Twycross, London’s Deputy Mayor for Fire and Resilience, said: “I welcome the appointment of Andy Roe as London’s new Fire Commissioner. He is hugely experienced, both as a firefighter and in leading the response to major incidents.” “There are tough challenges ahead for the Brigade in terms of implementing the recommendations from the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. Andy is clear on the direction the Brigade needs to take and how to deliver the best service possible in order to keep Londoners safe. I’m truly proud of our firefighters and the Brigade and I am confident Andy is the right person to lead them.”
The London Fire Commissioner, Dany Cotton, has announced she will be stepping down from her position at London Fire Brigade on 31 December. The Commissioner had previously announced in June that she intended to retire from the fire and rescue service in April 2020, but in consultation with City Hall it has been agreed that Dany will bring that forward to the end of this year to enable a timely handover to the next Commissioner, as the Brigade works to urgently deliver the recommendations of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry report and its plans for transformation. Interviews for the role of Fire Commissioner take place in December, allowing for a short handover period before Dany Cotton stands down after 32 years of dedicated service to the capital. The London Fire Commissioner, Dany Cotton, said: “When I joined the London Fire Brigade, I joined a service dedicated to helping people and protecting our capital city.” Prevent A terrible incident I feel honored to have served London and I will do all I can to assist the safe transition of my responsibilities" “Throughout my 32 years of service I am proud to have stood shoulder to shoulder with the firefighters, control staff, officers and fire and rescue staff who have maintained that dedication and professionalism. I will never forget tragedies like the Clapham Junction rail disaster or the acts of terrorism that we have faced, but Grenfell Tower was without doubt the worst fire we had ever experienced." "The Brigade has and will keep making the changes it can make and continue its fight for all of the other changes that are needed, to prevent such a terrible incident and loss of life from happening again. I feel honored to have served London and I will do all I can to assist the safe transition of my responsibilities to the new London Fire Commissioner when they are appointed.” fire and rescue service The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I want to thank Dany Cotton for her 32 years of service at the London Fire Brigade. I believe this decision is the right one. I will be appointing a new Fire Commissioner shortly and it’s right that they can quickly take on the responsibility to drive forward the changes being made within the Brigade, and to deliver on the recommendations made in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry report." "Dany has worked her way through the ranks as a firefighter over three decades. She was London Fire Brigade’s first woman Commissioner, has helped to inspire people from all backgrounds into considering a role in the fire and rescue service and shown leadership on the mental health of her firefighters. I wish her all the best in her retirement.”
London South East Colleges announced as BAFSA preferred training provider of the L2 Fire Sprinkler Installation course in London and the South of England. London South East Colleges has been unveiled as BAFSA’s preferred provider in London and the south of England to deliver the IQ Level 2 Certificate in Fire Sprinkler Installation qualification course. This unique qualification, developed by BAFSA, is aimed at individuals employed in the fire sprinkler industry and is designed to help people employed in installing fire sprinklers to develop the knowledge and competencies necessary to meet the industry installation standards. Fire Sprinkler Installation certificate With a labor shortage predicted for 2020, the IQ Level 2 Fire Sprinkler Installation certificate is becoming increasingly important. The course will be delivered at London South East Colleges’ Greenwich Campus. It will cover key topics including health and safety, industry regulations, installation and maintenance skills and resource management. Sprinklers play a really significant role in reducing the impact of fire on people" Attending the launch was Dany Cotton, the London Fire Commissioner who said, “Sprinklers play a really significant role in reducing the impact of fire on people, property and the environment and London Fire Brigade has long been campaigning for sprinklers to be included more widely as a matter of course. I am delighted that London South East Colleges and BAFSA have got together to introduce this first of its kind qualification, colleges have a real role to play in equipping people with skills to help make everyone safer.” Highest professional standards Rob Lynch, Head of Kidbrooke Construction Skills Center said, “Our first cohort of trainees start in November. London South East Colleges is delighted to have the opportunity to deliver such a well-respected course. Both organizations are committed to ensuring that those working in the sector have the skills they need to ensure that sprinkler systems are fitted to the highest professional standards.” Speaking at the launch event Ruth Oliver, BAFSA Consultant said, “We are delighted to announce London South East Colleges as the fifth preferred provider to offer this course. This national qualification will enable those operating in the industry to upskill and ensure that they have the right skills, knowledge and training required to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.”