Expertise & Guidance Theatre

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Facing a Safer Future
11:00 - 11:30
Fire Sector Federation

Tremendous effort has surrounded the post Grenfell Tower fire as government and industry try to prevent any future tragedies. The Fire Sector Federation with its members and partners has contributed to this national effort. Many themes are emerging around what an improved system might look like and how it might apply. Federation Chair Michael Harper will address these themes and offer insight from the fire sector’s perspective.

FSF panel: Building Towards a Fire Safe Future
11:30 - 12:20
Executive Officer
Fire Sector Federation
Chief Fire Officer
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
Managing Director
Fire Protection Association
Assistant Vice President & Senior Consultant within the International Codes and Standards Group
FM Global

• Oversight and Enforcement
• Assurance and Quality
• Products and People
• Residents and Maintenance

Double Fatality Fire and the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations 2015
12:30 - 13:00
Head of Fire Investigation and Expert Witness Services

On 20th February 2016, Jake and Logan Taylor died in their cots from a fire involving a TV in their upstairs bedroom. Their mother and elder brother, both downstairs, were initially unaware of the fire as the house they were renting had not been fitted with smoke alarms. By the time they realised a fire was ensuing, it was too late to save Jake or Logan. This presentation will set out the investigation, reconstruction and analysis that took place to establish that the absence of the smoke alarm was a principle cause of these deaths, and led to the prosecution of the landlord for failing to meet his duties under the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015, and his failure causing the deaths of these two toddlers.

High Rise Firefighting in Toronto, Canada
13:10 - 13:50
Acting Captain
Toronto Fire Services

Synopsis coming soon

Defining the Competency in the Fire Industry with FIA Qualifications
14:00 - 14:30
Fire Industry Association [FIA]

The FIA is pleased to offer qualifications developed by our own nationally regulated awarding Organisation for the fire detection and alarm sector - the FIA AO (Fire Industry Association Awarding Organisation).
FIA created the qualification with reference to the National Occupational Standards (NOS), current legislation and published standards, along with codes of practice and industry best practice to give learners the opportunity to expand their knowledge and understanding in a clear, in-depth and by expert guidance.

Panel Discussion: Hackitt's Golden Thread - aspiration or action
14:35 - 15:15
Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE)
Assistant Vice President & Senior Consultant within the International Codes and Standards Group
FM Global

Dame Judith Hackitt’s ‘Building a Safer Future: Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety’ has spoken about the need for the industry to recognise that as well as regulatory change a culture change is essential. Part of this is a proposed change to the control process and associated record keeping requirements, linking to the recommendation for a digital record for every building: a ‘golden thread of information’.

But how achievable is this golden thread of information that spans regulatory, design, compliance, construction and operational management functions?

Will we ever be able to create a process that the entire supply chain can agree on and achieve true transparency of information across our buildings and if so, what actions do we need to take?

Competency of Fire, Emergency and Security System Technicians
15:20 - 15:50

Synopsis coming soon

Implications of recent joint publication “A Guide For Selecting Flat Entrance Doorsets”
16:00 - 16:30
Head of Communications Gerda Security Products,Chair TDG,Door & Hardware Federation and FIA representative on fire doorsets

The recent joint publication “A Guide for Selecting Flat Entrance Doorsets: a publication for housing associations, landlords, building owners and local authorities in England” is produced by the FIA( Fire Industry Association), DHF (Door & Hardware Federation), and SBD (Secured by Design) and represents a  landmark in collaboration.  The guidance gives confidence to specifiers throughout the UK 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 guidance 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.  This seminar explores what has changed and the implications on specification for flat entrance doorsets.