FIREX Seminars

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Expertise & Guidance Theatre

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
Association for Specialist Fire protection [ASFP]

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

Testing or Third Party Certification - what does it mean?
12:30 - 13:00
Product Manager (Fire)
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)
Hoare Lea
Senior Policy Advisor
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 post Grenfell
15:20 - 15:50

After the Grenfell Tower disaster Dame Judith Hackett’s Building a Safer Future: Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety  declared the current system “Not fit for purpose”.  Gave industry 1 year to come up with industry solutions the year is up . 
Fire and Security Association Chairman Tom Brookes has been a committee member on two of the working groups reporting back to Hackett, WG4 Fire risk assessors and WG2 Installers.
Tom in his own straight talking style will give an overview of Dame Judith’s concerns relating to competency of engineers and a view of working group 2 report, what this means to fire- emergency-security system engineers and companies and how you can meet these challenges in a cost effective way.
New Ofqual approved level 3 qualification being launched, how the new improved ECS card will work for you and your company to prove competency, the thorny issue of “Grandfather rights”, and the Trailblazer apprenticeship scheme.
Tom is not only the Chairman of the FSA sitting on the working groups  but also sits on 8 British Standard Institute committees on fire as well as on the BAFE committee so get the facts from someone who knows them first hand.
Tom and the FSA team will be on stand IF251 for the whole of the show so if you miss the presentation come to see us and get all the facts and see how the FSA can help you achieve competence and help build your business.


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.