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A clear indication of both, the company’s improved relationship with Government, and the incredible effort of individuals, is the secondment of two specialists from FIA members to the Department of International Trade - UK Defence and Security Exports. Here is what the key people involved in this great partnership have to say. Ian Moore, CEO, FIA: "Working with Government for our members and the wider industry is, and has always been, a key priority. We are proud our relationship with Government has improved over the last few years which has allowed us to better address the three key issues of Brexit, COVID-19 and Grenfell. It has taken incredible effort from both sides to get this great working relationship to where it is today." products and services I am immensely grateful and proud of the individuals and their companies allowing them to give up their time" "From weekly meetings with UK Defence and Security Exports on the transition period to sharing live updates on Brexit and how to best support our members export. A clear indication of both our improved relationship with Government and the incredible effort of individuals is the secondment of two specialists from FIA members to the Department of International Trade - UK Defence and Security Exports." "Sarah and Michelle’s work is key to ensuring that the fire industry is able to continue exporting our world-leading products and services. I am immensely grateful and proud of the individuals and their companies allowing them to give up their time. Doing so will help everyone out in in this crucial area at this vital time in our history." first responder capability campaign Sarah Adamson, Sector Specialist - First Responder Capability: “I’m thrilled to have been appointed as a sector specialist for the first responder capability campaign for the UK Defence and Security Export team. For Angloco this is a chance to support the development of the UK export market for Fire and Rescue products, and to help the UK bounce back." "During the secondments of the sector specialists, our ambition is to pull together and showcase the very best of the UK Defence and Security sector to be shared with the world. The purpose is to grow the knowledge of our customers and DIT colleagues alike, to enable more British Products and Services to flow around the world. I strongly believe that working together with the Government, as UK businesses, is our best way to work together." positive move forward "It’s fantastic for our industry to be engaged directly and we should all be sharing the experiences that we have gained for the benefit of the whole sector.” I think it is a great initiative of the DIT to mix trade and Civil Servants together to obtain mixed views" Michelle Agius, Sector Specialist - Infrastructure: “I am delighted to be a part of this initiative from the DIT, as a UK based SME myself I totally understand the difficulties of SMEs’ exporting. I think it is a great initiative of the DIT to mix trade and Civil Servants together to obtain mixed views. Any initiative to push and assist the visibility of UK SMEs is a positive move forward and one I am proud to be associated with." training and products "Like most things in the business world, this is a complicated subject but our aim is to make it as simple as possible for the overseas posts to understand the great benefits of working with UK companies to obtain the best knowledge, experience, training and products.” Tracy Buckingham, Deputy Director, Security & Cyber Exports in UK Defence & Security Exports: “While recognizing the many challenges businesses are facing as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, UK Defence and Security Exports is here to help. As we start the economic recovery, we’re thinking about what happens next and how you can stay one step ahead of your competitors." providing strategic leadership If you would like your company to be involved in this campaign, please get in touch with our sector specialists" "As part of our implementation of the Security Exports Strategy, we are drawing together a series of UK Security Offers for our international partners. These offers will demonstrate to overseas buyers the fantastic capabilities that UK companies have across a range of sectors." "This initiative is one way in which we are providing strategic leadership that contributes towards the key Government policy of encouraging more companies to trade internationally and to increase the value of UK goods and services that are exported. We are currently looking for companies who provide products and services in the first responder or infrastructure buyer categories to join the UK Security Offer and help us to showcase your capabilities to overseas buyers." work effectively together "This is a unique opportunity to contribute to the UK’s national security and prosperity. If you would like your company to be involved in this capability campaign, please get in touch with our sector specialists. We hope this represents a valuable opportunity for individuals from industry to engage directly with UK Defence and Security Exports to shape the way in which we support UK exporters and to create a legacy that can be built on to ensure that Government and industry work effectively together into the future.”
FIA announced a new course in Evacuation Alert Systems (BS 8629), this training is the first of its kind and emanates from the work that has been done since the Grenfell Tower tragedy. The training course can be taken online and, in the future, it will be able to be taken in class to enable learners to choose a teaching style that suits their needs. Evacuation Of Residents Ian Moore CEO of the FIA added, “The FIA has been involved from day one with the Evacuation Alert System concept." "As part of the expert committee following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, it was clear that the Fire and Rescue Services needed another arrow in their quiver to assist with the evacuation of residents if needed.” New British Standard Ian Moore also states, “Moving on from the initial concept, the FIA formed a special interest group with a number of key stakeholders from across the industry and Fire and Rescue Services to lay out the plans to develop an accelerated new British Standard (to be known as BS 8629).” “It is worth noting that this only adds to the stay-put policy which the FIA continues to stand strongly behind. The FIA FD&A (fire detection and alarm) Council progressed this work where it is believed to be one of the quickest British Standards ever brought to fruition from concept to reality.” Training The Industry Ian Moore continues, “The next logical step is to train the industry on this important standard because it is crucial that people are competent in designing, installing, commissioning and maintaining of Evacuation Alert Systems in line with BS 8629." Evacuating Building In A Controlled Manner Will Lloyd, FIA Technical Manager added, “Before BS 8629 buildings that were designed to have a stay-put policy prior to this standard had no easy way of changing that policy to a simultaneous or phased evacuation policy." "This new standard enables fire and rescue service across the country to evacuate a stay-put building in a more controlled manner.” Electronic System Will Lloyd continues, “This is now an electronic system which has been reinvented to become a valuable, powerful and necessary tool for use by the fire and rescue service.” “Anyone that is designing, installing, commissioning, and maintaining should be competent to work with these systems and this course is a great step in becoming more competent.”
The FIA has unveiled its participation as a founding member in a new, industry-wide initiative designed to attract and develop a new generation of fire protection engineers. Zitko Talent is an alliance of leading manufacturers, installation companies and educators who will be providing an intensive 12-month program of salaried work experience, training and development. The program is suitable for a wide audience, from college leavers and career changers to engineers wishing to cross-train from other sectors. Trainees combine frontline installation experience with intensive training and education customized to their specific workplace. The FIA will be the principal training provider for all fire aspects. develop new talent This will include adapting courses for individual employers and their trainees - drawing on an extensive catalog that includes BS 5839 Fundamentals and the Advanced FD&A qualifications. For employers, it’s the opportunity to attract and develop new talent far more efficiently and cost-effectively than they could do so alone, with all training sourced and administered centrally as part of the fee. Employers who are FIA members will qualify for a 20% program discount. That represents a saving of almost £2,000 for every trainee they take on. fire safety industry Zitko Talent has been three years in the making and from the start we viewed FIA involvement as essential" Ian Moore - FIA CEO: “I’m delighted we’re taking part in the Zitko Talent program. It affords us the opportunity to promote the fire safety industry to a wider audience, including talented young people who are the future of our industry. We’ll also be working with our partners on another key aspect of our mission: championing and continually raising the bar on professional standards." "The reason I am behind this program is that it is bringing people in from outside the fire safety industry and not “fishing in the same pond”; and will undoubtedly help to deliver a lasting solution to the looming skills shortage.” Gold standard training George Zitko - Zitko Talent MD: “Zitko Talent has been three years in the making and from the start we viewed FIA involvement as essential. Their involvement as our Fire training partner provides access to the sector’s Gold standard training, with courses such as BS5839 Fundamentals and Advanced FD&A included in the Zitko Talent fee. I’m thoroughly looking forward to working with the FIA on developing the next generation of fire engineers.”
The multi-year agreement will see the launch of the Fire and Security Matters Awards, which take place at the Ricoh Arena in 2022 with entries for the event set to open in the year 2022. The event aims to recognize excellence and innovation in the fire and security sectors and will be supported by the industries’ publications Fire Safety Matters and Security Matters. Fire Safety Matters will also publish an essential annual guide to the UK’s fire safety sector in partnership with the FIA. This will be sent to all Fire Safety Matters subscribers and all FIA members. Fire Safety Matters In addition, all FIA members will be offered the opportunity to receive a copy of Fire Safety Matters as an additional membership benefit. The magazine is the market provider in the fire sector and published four times per annum. It’s also the publication in the sector that offers Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points to readers. Commenting on the strategic agreement, Fire Industry Association CEO Ian Moore said: “There are a range of opportunities offered by Western Business Media in this agreement that stand to benefit all of our members. They will always be our focus. I have been contributing to Fire Safety Matters magazine for some time and look forward to opening it up to FIA members to input their thoughts. In addition, the new awards evening serves as a great opportunity to promote and recognize innovation in the fire safety world.” Keeping people and premises safe Western Business Media’s CEO Mark Sennett responded: “We’re delighted to be extending our already great relationship with the FIA. This partnership will provide the FIA with access to our database of more than 300,000 industry professionals. We’re always keen to help share updates on the organization’s essential work within the sector.” Sennett added: “Launching the Fire and Security Matters Awards was a logical step based on industry feedback and follows on from the successful launch of the Health and Safety Excellence Awards, for which the FIA has served on the judging panel since 2018. Both the FIA and Fire Safety Matters are keen to recognize the vital role played by the industry in keeping people and premises safe.” UK fire safety sector In addition, Sennett explained: “We’re also excited to be partnering with the FIA on the launch of an annual guide focused on the state of the UK fire safety sector, which will provide key information on legislation and Best Practice as well as research on trends. This will be published annually starting from 2021.”
Leaders from across the fire safety sector offered their expertise on how they believe the industry has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and what their various associations have been doing to support their members. Presentations come from the heads of the Fire Industry Association (FIA), Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP), Fire Sector Federation and Fire Protection Association. Social distancing rules Following the presentations, speakers took audience questions, covering: Whether the impact will have long lasting effects on the sector. How have fire safety officers dealt with social distancing rules? Will technology be utilized to improve standards in the UK going forward? Speakers: Ian Moore, CEO, FIA Jonathan O’Neill, OBE, Managing Director, Fire Protection Association Niall Rowan, CEO, ASFP Dennis Davis, Executive Officer, Fire Sector Federation
Ian Moore, CEO of the FIA, would like to inform that the long awaited update to The Building Regulations 2010, specifically Approved Document. B (ADB): Fire safety, Volumes 1 and 2, is now available from the Government website. The changes highlighted in this amendment take effect on 26 November 2020 for use in England, until then the 2019 edition will continue to apply (within certain listed constraints). The changes focus on the fire safety provisions in blocks of flats for water-based extinguishing systems (a reduction in the trigger height from 30m to 11m) and wayfinding signage for the fire service.
Ian Moore, CEO of the FIA, has been working closely with the Government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on behalf of the FIA members on a number of issues, more recently the work has focused mainly on the business issues created by COVID-19; such as working safely during COVID-19 in offices, construction industry recovery plans, key worker status, training while on furlough etc. He states “BEIS have posted a lot of valuable guidance for businesses affected by Coronavirus but it is often lost amongst the barrage of information being issued. The FIA are trying to filter what is relevant to its members, so please keep looking in this area of our website as the information will undoubtedly be of interest to you. The latest updates from BEIS are as below.” Now Open: Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Roadmap taskforces to plan how closed sectors can reopen safely Government to support businesses through Trade Credit Insurance guarantee
Ian Moore, CEO of the FIA, has been working closely with the Government’s Department of International Trade (DIT) on behalf of the FIA members for some time now; and given BREXIT and now COVID-19, this is more important than ever. He states “DIT are doing their best to inform SME’s of their options in the current climate and they have just released a series of webinars that would be really useful to listen into – try to find the time as there is some really useful information on offer.” Free SME COVID-19 webinars: Tax Relief & Support for Small BusinessesDate: 19 May 2020 Enhance your Sales ToolsDate: 20 May 2020 Managing Supply Chain DisruptionsDate: 21 May 2020 Navigating HR & Employee RoadblocksDate: 22 May 2020
Ian Moore CEO of the FIA encourages business to join Dame Carolyn Fairbairn (Director-General, CBI) and The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP (Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) for an invaluable discussion on UK business and economy - including: An update on the government’s major support packages including the JRS, and access to finance An overview of the government’s thinking on the UK’s recovery plan Advice on how businesses can help the government efforts to fight the pandemic When: Friday 17th April 2020, 10:00 - 10:45
BAFE, British Approvals for Fire Equipment has announced that it welcomes the statement from the UK Home Office, regarding the Key Worker status for all fire industry employees, providing essential services, as published by the FIA, Fire Industry Association. The BAFE statement added that the organization was grateful for the FIA initiative to clarify this. Key Worker Status directly to FIA The Minister of State for Security, the Rt. Hon James Brokenshire, MP in the UK Parliament, has written to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the FIA, detailing his support for the fire safety industry through the challenges and uncertainties created by the COVID-19 pandemic and repeats his message that “The British Government is grateful for the fire safety sector’s continuing efforts at this challenging time.” The UK Minister of State’s letter contains important information (and can be printed off and used as necessary) for those providing vital and essential support services and equipment to the fire and security industry, and those helping to relieve pressure on the emergency services, the basis of which is to provide essential safety to people as they go about their daily lives. FIA joint statement Ian Moore, Chief Executive Officer of the Fire Industry Association (FIA) and Derek Gotts, Chair of the FIA said in a joint statement that they would like to thank colleagues at the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) and the UK Home Office for their support in getting this important and clear message across from the Minister of State for Security in the British establishment.
SSAIB were overcome with pride upon discovering that registered firm PLP Fire Protection have been providing invaluable assistance in the building of the Government’s first emergency field hospital at the ExCel in London. The temporary NHS Nightingale hospital has been set up to treat up to 4,000 coronavirus patients, with Dorset-based PLP Fire Protection helping to transform the ExCel exhibition space – which was due to host IFSEC International and FIREX International next month, before the COVID-19 pandemic forced a reschedule – into a hospital in just nine days. complete the transformation BAFE SP203-registered PLP Fire Protection have worked with 160+ other contractors – as well as 200 army engineers – to complete the transformation and Director Rob Beeching revealed just how hard the work was for him and his team, who he had nothing but praise for in what had been a tough week for them all. Working conditions have been very tough both physically and mentally" Replying to an email from FIA (Fire Industry Association) CEO Ian Moore, Rob stated: “This week, quite honestly has been hell. We were literally brought back to site on Monday morning and had the most unrealistic time to get the initial 500 beds section installed and signed off. The effort from my guys and the subbys [sub-contractors] I have got in has been incredible. I am so proud of them all." close proximity to the virus "We have even had tears from some of our guys, but proud tears. Working conditions have been very tough both physically and mentally. I have been getting home at midnight most days this week, I get home and just feel like breaking down. It's been an emotional rollercoaster for sure.” With the initial 500 beds in place, the hospital will care for patients with the virus in intensive care who have been transferred from other London hospitals. The building work continues in order to get the space sorted for the other 3,500 beds planned, but Rob insisted that he would not force his committed team to continue to work if they were worried about being in close proximity to the virus. personally delivering our equipment The help being offered from so many people has been breath-taking" Rob continued: “We were told - by a representative from the WHO – that once patients start arriving, although they will be sectioned off by a wall, we would still be working in adjacent halls. They said we would be completely safe. I was no way going to force any of my guys if they didn't feel comfortable but, when I asked for a show of hands who wanted to continue, 80% raised their hands." "They are all in this until the end and feel they can’t just leave site until its completed. Even our suppliers have been personally delivering our equipment etc that we need to site. We are so grateful. The help being offered from so many people has been breath-taking.” assisting with the construction SSAIB chief executive Alex Carmichael added: “It’s great to see SSAIB-registered firm PLP Fire Protection assisting with the construction of the NHS Nightingale field hospital and I have to commend them for their dedicated effort during this time. On behalf of everyone at SSAIB, I want to thank Rob and the rest of his team for their heroic commitment to helping the NHS in this way, as they continue to help with the creation of more beds at the facility. I also hope they all stay safe while completing this vital work needed to help with the treatment of the many patients currently being admitted with coronavirus.”
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 under the title of Key Worker. Your health and the health of others is Key and the Government’s advice to cease travel as far as possible is the priority - this is why it is being discussed. Just because you work in the fire safety industry does not mean you are designated a Key Worker. It is also important to state that the FIA are not making any statements here and it is for you to interpret what the Government statement means when applied to you.” Key worker status extended to fire safety personnel UK Home Office has to confirm that fire risk assessment, fire alarm testing, service and repair is classed as 'essential' work" He adds, “I do however, fully understand the need for clarity given the Prime Minister’s latest address on Monday 23rd March at 20:30 and the restrictions it implies. I have sought further clarification and asked the question “Can we get the Home Office to confirm that fire risk assessment, fire alarm testing, maintenance and repair is classed as “essential” work and that the requirements of the Fire Safety Order still apply?” and expressed the importance so employers can make informed decisions on manpower allocation. Michael Gove MP has just stated that "construction in the open air” is to continue, as long as the 2-metre rule is observed, which undoubtedly needs to have fire safety input at all stages. We will update this website and soon as we receive a response from the Home Office.” “Security & fire safety personnel can play a vital role at this time of national challenge. People working in these sectors who are essential to national infrastructure are “Key Workers” for the purposes of the Government’s guidance on COVID-19.”, said James Brokenshire, Minister of State for Security at the Home Office. Enhancing public fire safety FIA CEO, Ian Moore has just been informed that James Brokenshire (Minister of State for Security at the Home Office) has extended the Key Worker status to all fire safety personnel actively working to improve public fire safety. Ian states “I hope this clarifies the position for our members which I know has been a major concern not only for the current position to do with the Coronavirus situation but also what could come next in the clampdown on unessential travel. A common-sense approach should be used on when to use the Key Worker status as there are many roles and situations that do not warrant its use.” Should you need any further clarification then please ring the FIA offices (all lines are manned)" Ian further said, “Should you need any further clarification then please ring the FIA offices (all lines are manned) and we will attempt to answer your questions. Once again thanks to the Home Office for listening to my concerns (on behalf of the fire safety industry) and reacting to it. I have been inundated with calls and emails looking for clarity on this vital subject for our industry. Importance of fire rescue services He adds, “Fire Engineers carry out a mission-critical job to not only fix but maintain fire systems and products such as extinguishers, fire alarms systems, etc. We have real first-hand knowledge and evidence of the dangerous and potentially deadly effects that a lack of maintenance on fire systems can lead to; I don’t have to mention the implications if we were to have a major fire incident as a result of the fire safety equipment not working correctly." Ian concludes, "In addition, many of our members are the only suppliers to the fire and rescue services who need their equipment to do their job efficiently and safely. Maybe they are covered under the fire and rescue service “support staff” section of the Public Safety section - maybe clarification is required here? Nonetheless, the above statement is a good start, for which I thank the Home Office for clarification; however, the FIA will continue to push for recognition of fire safety-related workers as Key Workers in a number of other key areas to ensure we maintain public fire safety.”
Recently, James Brokenshire, Minister of State for Security at the Home Office stated, “Security and fire safety personnel can play a vital role at this time of national challenge. People working in these sectors who are essential to national infrastructure are ‘key workers’ for the purposes of the Government’s guidance on COVID-19.” While the Fire Industry Association is continually seeking further clarification from the Government on the issue, Ian Moore, CEO, has commented, “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 under the title of ‘key worker’.” Need for clarity “Your health and the health of others is key and the Government’s advice to cease travel as far as possible is the priority, this is why it is being discussed. Just because you work in the fire safety industry does not mean you are designated a key worker. It is also important to state that the FIA are not making any statements here and it is for you to interpret what the Government statement means when applied to you.” “I do however, fully understand the need for clarity given the Prime Minister’s latest address on Monday 23rd at 20:30 and the restrictions it implies.” Fire risk assessment “I have sought further clarification and asked the question “Can we get the Home Office to confirm that fire risk assessment, fire alarm testing, maintenance and repair is classed as “essential” work and that the requirements of the Fire Safety Order still apply?” and expressed the importance so employers can make informed decisions on manpower allocation.” “Michael Gove MP has just stated that “construction in the open air” is to continue, as long as the two-meter rule is observed, which undoubtedly needs to have fire safety input at all stages. We will provide an update on this soon as we receive a response from the Home Office.”
The FIA Extinguishing Council has seated its first female member. Nicki Stewart, managing director of Firexo for UK and Ireland, said she was excited to confirm her seat for the next two years. "I’m honored to have a seat on the extinguishing council; I have big plans during my time here and I am really eager to work with influential market leaders at the FIA,” she said. First Female On The Fire Extinguishing Council Nicki has continued to show her ongoing passion for educating consumers in fire safety through her work with Firexo and the FIA are delighted to be celebrating this industry first with her. FIA CEO, Ian Moore, commented, "We want to make the FIA accessible for everyone and having Nicki join as the first female on the fire extinguishing council helps us build awareness for more females in the fire safety industry.”
The next Fire Industry Manufacturers’ (FIM) Expo which will take place Wednesday 16th October, 2019. This time the FIM Expo will take place at Sheffield United Football Club. Organized by the Fire Industry Association (FIA), FIM Expo features many of the UK's pioneer fire detection and alarm manufacturers and focuses on showcasing the latest products and developments in this sector of the industry.A wide range of exhibitors are confirmed so far: Advanced Global Fire Equipment Ampac Haes Systems Apollo Hochiki Baldwin Boxall Kentec BAFE Lan Control Systems C-Tec Morley-IAS Eaton Nittan Eurotech SSAIB Everlux Sterling Safety Systems FFE Vimpex FirePro Xtralis Fire protection systems Fire protection systems The FIM Expo is for anyone working in this area, whether as an installer or maintainer of fire detection and alarm systems, a manager of such systems in commercial premises or as an architect or person specifying what type of fire protection systems should be installed in a building. The FIA will also be hosting two free, CPD accredited, seminars at the Expo. Both sessions will focus on key topics affecting FD&A world. Those interested can meet the Membership Manager and enquire about the benefits of FIA membership First session will start at 10am and Will Lloyd, Technical Manager at the FIA will present the ‘Overview of the Changes to: BS 5839-6:2019’. Second seminar will start right after lunch at 1pm and Ian Moore CEO of the Fire Industry Association will give an introduction to the Interim Report of the Industry Response Group following on from Dame Judith Hackitt’s post Grenfell Tower Review. Fire protection training and qualifications The Fire Industry Association will also have a stand, so that those interested can meet the Membership Manager and enquire about the benefits of FIA membership (which includes discounts on fire protection training and qualifications, and the possibility of a stand at FIM Expo).Chris Tilley, FIA Membership Manager comments that: “Competency and how you prove it is at the forefront of everyone’s mind right now, and if it’s not then it should be. At FIM Expo this October the FIA have invited BAFE and leading certification bodies to offer you a one stop shop solution. Come and visit us to get expert industry advice on how best to achieve competency for your company and engineers”. With an average of 25 exhibitors over the last few years, FIM Expo has grown to become the best local expo for the fire industry. FIM Expo is open from 08.30 to 15.30 on Wednesday 16th October and is free to attend. Parking and refreshments are also available free of charge, including a buffet.
The Fire Protection Association (FPA) is slated to host a Midlands’ Seminar themed, ‘Building a Safer Future: A Call for Evidence’– an opportunity to discuss the government’s long awaited changes to fire safety regulations, including the Fire Safety Order, Call for Evidence and the Building Safety Consultation. Fire safety proposals Following a commitment to improve fire safety regulations within the built environment, 6th June 2019 saw the British Government provide a strong indication on areas in which the fire safety industry can expect to see long-awaited change. These new proposals are intended to put residents at the heart of a new regulatory system These new proposals are intended to put residents at the heart of a new regulatory system and provide clarity to what has previously been an ambiguous area. Fire Protection Association Seminar The Fire Protection Association’s Seminar will endeavor to unravel the government’s response, addressing the detail of proposed changes to both the building regulations and regulatory system. They will look at implications for fire safety and future regulations, competency, the responsible person, product certification and the evolution of the enforcement regulation landscape. Commenting on the relevance of the seminar, Fire Protection Association Managing Director Jonathan O’Neill said, “In the past there was confusion in the interpretation of the Fire Safety Order with regards to the materials used on the outside of buildings. Clearly since Grenfell, and the very recent fire at the block of flats with wooden balconies in Barking, legislation had to change.” Panel of speakers The event will be chaired by John Smeaton, Chair of the Fire Protection Association and the renowned panel of speakers will include: Rod McLean, Head of the British Home Office’s Fire Safety Unit - The Home Office’s response on the Fire Safety Order, Call for Evidence and Building Safety Consultation Jonathan O'Neill OBE, Managing Director, The Fire Protection Association - Post Grenfell: Implications for fire safety and future regulations Tony Corcoran, Membership Officer, Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) - Understanding best practice in passive fire protection - getting it right. Howard Passey, Principal Consultant, The Fire Protection Association - The Responsible Person Ian Moore, Chief Executive Officer, The Fire Industry Association (FIA) - People & product certification and approvals Nick Coombe, Vice-Chair, National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) - How will the enforcement regulation landscape evolve? James Wilson, British Standards Institution (BSI) - BSI’s response to the Grenfell tower tragedy The seminar includes: Access to fire industry experts Topical discussions on the government’s response Networking sessions Delegate pack Lunch Tea, coffee and refreshments Free entrance to the British Motor Museum 5 IFSM CPD hours This Midlands-based seminar is ideal for: Social housing providers Building owners, landlords and managing agents Insurers/brokers Facilities/building managers Health and safety managers Construction industry professionals and manufacturers Architects and designers Building control officers and approved inspectors Fire risk assessors Fire engineers Fire and rescue services enforcement officers
In an unprecedented collaboration within the fire and security industry, three not-for-profit organizations with expertise in fire and security doorsets have combined their knowledge to offer guidance on a newly-published document on flat entrance doorsets. The joint publication: ‘A Guide for Selecting Flat Entrance Doorsets; A publication for housing associations, landlords, building owners and local authorities in England’, relates to new doorsets and is the product of DHF (Door & Hardware Federation), Secured by Design (SBD) and the Fire Industry Association (FIA). The publication brings together the best collaborative advice available from the industry in one straightforward document to highlight the fundamental issues of fire safety and security for those selecting fire doorsets. The publication makes the point that there is no conflict between fire and security with Building Regulations ADB and ADQ carrying equal weight Equal Weightage For ADB And ADQ Importantly, the publication makes the point that there is no conflict between fire and security with Building Regulations ADB (fire) and ADQ (security) carrying equal weight with neither taking precedence over the other. It explains why only factory produced doorsets can meet both ADB and ADQ. Specifiers can have confidence in using the publication as an authoritative source of information as they are guided through the complexities of an extremely important area of Building Regulations to help them make informed choices. The publication, which can be downloaded from any of the co-operating organizations’ websites, comes in the wake of the 2017 Grenfell Tower tragedy and in response to the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Governments’ (MHCLG) Implementation Plan – ‘Building a Safer Future’, released at the end of December 2018. Enabling Safer, Easier Escape This new guidance document recommends that all fire doorsets are factory-prepared, and audited by a third-partyThis new guidance document, which launched in March of this year, recommends that all fire doorsets are factory-prepared (as opposed to prepared on-site), and furthermore, audited by a third-party. It is suggested these recommendations will offer greater assurance on door performance and protect occupants, control the spread of fire and enable safer, easier escape in the event of an incident. “We are delighted to have collaborated with SBD and FIA, in sharing our joint expertise on doorsets and fire safety,” explains DHF’s CEO, Bob Perry. “It seemed a natural partnership to come together and offer guidance on what to look for in a flat entrance doorset, how this relates to the latest advice supplied by Government (MHCLG) and why third-party certification of fire and security doorset manufacture, installation and maintenance is a critical part of the protection against fire ingress and unlawful entry. “Third party certification of manufacture, installation, maintenance and inspection of fire, smoke and security doors is something DHF has lobbied for tirelessly, as well as issues surrounding poorly or ill-fitting door closers,” he continues. “These form a vital part of fire safety.” Importance Of Third-Party Certification It is worth noting that although this document is specific to England and Wales, it is also useful information for Northern Ireland and Scotland"FIA’s CEO, Ian Moore, says: “We are very pleased to work with DHF and Secured by Design in producing a guidance document to assist housing associations, landlords, building owners and local authorities on what to look for in a new flat entrance doorset and why third-party certification of fire doorset manufacture, installation and maintenance is a critical part of fire protection. “This underlines the Fire Industry Association’s objective to improve and perfect fire protection work and builds on MHCLG guidance within the Government’s building safety program. It is worth noting that although this document is specific to England and Wales, it is also useful information for Northern Ireland and Scotland.” Establishing Effective Security Standards Chief Operating Officer of Secured by Design, Jon Cole, emphasized how important it is for the three organizations to work together to provide a holistic overview. Third party certification, by suitably qualified bodies, has certainly delivered consistency and quality within the security sector"He says: “For many years, we have worked closely with national and local government, manufacturers, trade associations and standards authorities at home and abroad to establish effective security standards in the building and construction industry. We insist on United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) accredited independent, third-party certification to provide product control and to ensure that specification and quality is maintained over time.” “Third party certification, by suitably qualified bodies, has certainly delivered consistency and quality within the security sector. This is why, we have campaigned for flat entrance doorsets to have dual certification, meeting all the relevant requirements for security and fire resistance in a single combined design specification. We believe that certification remains the best and only way to assure that effective quality products are delivered to market, providing additional assurance of performance.”
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-lunch entertainment, which helped create the memorable experience. Recognizing contributions to fire safety industry The FIA Honorary Award signifies a member's sustained commitment and outstanding volunteer contributions to FIAAfter lunch and the Chairman’s address the FIA recognizes the exceptional contribution to the fire safety industry. This year Jonathan O’Neill received the FIA’s most prestigious, Lifetime achievement award. As he collected his award, FIA CEO, Ian Moore cited some of Jonathan’s achievements and commented “I cannot think of anyone better connected within the fire industry than Jonathan – he has been consistent in his support for improving the resilience of the built environment and has provided educated and informed challenge where it is due both within the UK and internationally.” The FIA Honorary Award signifies a member's sustained commitment and outstanding volunteer contributions to FIA. Both Martin Harvey and David Murfitt were recognized for their long-term contribution that started before the formation of the FIA, back in the days of BFPSA and FETA. Congratulations once again to all the award winners! The 2018 FIA AGM & Lunch was brought to the members in association with the industry leading FIREX International, the world's leading fire safety exhibition.