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The fire sector response to the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety
10:45 - 11:15
Panel: Grenfell - one year on - Fire Sector Federation
11:25 - 12:20
Lead on Regulation & Guidance
Lead on Competency
Lead on National Strategy & Policy
Lead on Products and Testing

As we approach the Grenfell anniversary and anticipate the publication of recommendations from Dame Judith Hackitt’s review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, the Fire Sector Federation has assembled a panel of fire safety experts. The panel will review activities of the last year, discuss proposals for legislative change and make recommendations for improving fire protection throughout the built environment. The panel, representing different aspects of the fire sector, will be available to answer your questions and offer views on developing an appropriate fire safety solution that ensures a tragedy such as Grenfell can never happen again.

Chairperson: Paul Fuller, CBE QFSM

The wider implications of the Grenfell disaster for health and safety regulation
12:30 - 13:00
Chair of NAtional Compliance and Risk Qualifications

The Grenfell Tower disaster has of course immediate lessons for fire prevention. It also shares many characteristics of wider health and safety disasters such as the fact that it was foreseen, that it took place within an unsatisfactory regulatory framework and that it is still unclear that the remedial measures so far proposed will satisfactorily address the underlying problem. In his talk
Geoffrey Podger will ask why it takes a major disaster to motivate us to take preventive and proportionate action on health and safety risks and whether past lessons of how to achieve this have really been learnt.

Churchill Fellowship study into evacuation from tall buildings
13:10 - 13:50
Fire Officer
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

This presentation will give a global perspective of evolving evacuation methods from high-rise buildings and identifying potential fire and life safety improvements within this complex vertical world. This presentation will draw upon research gathered as part of an Australian Winston Churchill Fellowship conducted throughout eleven different countries. Including:

High-rise buildings – the codes, standards, design, construction and on-going management

Occupants – how to evacuate and implement safety procedures to manage the occupants

Incidents – analysis of previous high-rise incidents and identify the capabilities and challenges facing firefighters

New fire detection & alarm qualifications
13:55 - 14:25

The Fire Industry Association (FIA) has become a recognised awarding Organisation that can register qualifications on the National Curriculum. Four FD&A qualifications have been announced (Design, Install, Commissioning & Maintenance). Find out what the thinking behind this move was and what the vision is.
This session will look at the Foundation unit launched in January 2018. What is included, initial feedback and future plans.

Post Grenfell - what have we learned about fire safety deficiency (from a legal standpoint) in the UK in 2018?
14:30 - 15:00

Main findings from the Grenfell enquiry so far:
- What the real fire safety issues are
- Who could and should be liable for those issues
- What are the likely fines for companies / individuals in the event of prosecution
- Top tips to avoid exposure to the risk of prosecution

Fire Risk Assessment - what does it look like now?
15:10 - 15:40
Managing Director
Safety Management (UK)

By the time I come to deliver this, Dame Judith Hackitt is expected to have delivered her report and we will likely be looking at the brave new world of fire safety. From what we already know, there is an increased focus on the ‘quality’ of the product.

This has brought a number of significant issues to the fore in the last 12 months;

• Resources required to deliver the FRAs
• Competence and qualifications - what is good enough?
• Client needs and expectations – how will you balance large quantities of work, with the very best standards of quality, and price…
• What is a Type 4 fire risk assessment? Does the outside of building for part of the FRA?
• Is there enough cross discipline thinking and working in the fire safety industry?

These issues and more questions will be addressed.

Third party certification, what’s in it for me?
15:50 - 16:20

- Brief explanation/intro of TPC and the 2 main schemes and how they work 

- The main requirements of the BAFE modular scheme (as its most popular) and the main BAFE schemes, 101, 203, 205 etc. 

- Evidence of BAFE compliant works and non BAFE compliant (photos of workmanship etc.) 

-  Anecdotal evidence of companies being asked for BAFE by public bodies, businesses etc. 

- Why companies should get BAFE certification and the rewards if they do (quality of work, contracts etc.)   

-  How the FIA can help 

Preventing false alarms in residential buildings
16:30 - 17:00
UK Business Development Manager

This presentation will cover:

False alarms - are they a major issue?

Estimated costs and implications

What the industry is doing


Fire system choice

  *   Potential causes of false alarm

  *   Where to start

  *   What software features to consider

  *   Defining building areas

False alarm management choices

  *   Alarm verification scenarios

  *   Investigation delay scenarios