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