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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.