FIREX 2019 Seminars

Expertise & Guidance Theatre

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.

Michael Harper
Chair
Fire Sector Federation

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

Dennis Davis
Executive Officer
Fire Sector Federation

Paul Fuller
Chief Fire Officer
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

Jonathan O'Neill
Managing Director
Fire Protection Association

Tom Roche
Assistant Vice President & Senior Consultant within the International Codes and Standards Group
FM Global

Niall Rowan
CEO
Association for Specialist Fire protection [ASFP]

Brent Brooks
Acting Captain
Toronto Fire Services

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.

Ian Moore
CEO
Fire Industry Association [FIA]

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?

Dr Gavin Dunn
CEO
Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE)

Miller Hannah
Partner
Hoare Lea

Sofie Hooper
Senior Policy Advisor
IWFM

Tom Roche
Assistant Vice President & Senior Consultant within the International Codes and Standards Group
FM Global

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.

Tom Brookes
Chairman
FSA

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.

Fiona Critchley BA (Hons) FCIM
Head of Communications Gerda Security Products,Chair TDG,Door & Hardware Federation and FIA representative on fire doorsets

FPA Infozone

Synopsis coming soon

Jon O'Neill, OBE
Representative
FPA

Synopsis coming soon

Chris Callow
Representative
London Fire Brigade

Synopsis coming soon

Dr Jim Glocking
Representative
FPA

Synopsis coming soon

Michael Brooke
Secured by Design - Police Crime Prevention Initiatives

Expertise & Guidance Theatre

The Government has released its proposals for the new building safety regulatory system and a call for evidence on the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety Order) in England. Niall Rowan reviews the proposals and examines their impact on the construction and fire sectors, particularly the passive fire protection industry. He will consider:

  • The design and enforcement processes
  • Product testing and certification
  • Improving levels of competency and understanding throughout the building lifecycle

Niall Rowan
CEO
Association for Specialist Fire protection [ASFP]

During this session, Aico’s National Technical Manager will be discussing the new revision of bs 5839-6:2019. With the recent changes having come into effect, Andy will take you through what these changes are, what they mean to the Fire Industry and what impact they are likely to have. Visit this presentation to find out more and ask any questions that you may have.

Andrew Speake
National Technical Manager
Aico

Richard will discuss the importance of training and qualifications as a way of demonstrating competency. He will also outline the role the BRE Academy has in delivering training.

Richard Colwell
Product Manager (Fire)
BRE

This presentation explores the development of test methods to assess the performance of video smoke and video flame detectors. The successful development of methods for testing these types of detectors on the bench and to full size fires paves the way for the drafting of a standard to certify these complex systems supporting their increased use in the future.

Raman Chagger
Representative
BRE

Synopsis coming soon.

John Paul Reeves
Owner & Director
Smoke Ventilation Consultancy Ltd.

Many companies are aware of their general fire safety obligations but few employees and representatives / third party consultants that work in fire safety are as familiar with their own fire safety duties and the way in which the potential changes to UK fire safety legislation and the observations from the Grenfell enquiry might impact them. Those that design, manufacture, import or supply materials or equipment for use at work also have their own safety obligations that are not often discussed within the industry. During this session, Kizzy will highlight the key fire safety risks for individuals (as well as the overarching duties for companies) that work in the fire safety industry – including contractors, surveyors, suppliers, designers, manufacturers and installers – and how to limit liability and exposure to the risk of prosecution.

Kizzy Augustin
Partner
Russell-Cooke Solicitors

This presentation will explore some of the preliminary findings from a collaborative research study to identify the causes of fire injuries and fatalities in Scotland. By analysing data from the Incident Recording System used by Fire and Rescue Services to record all incidents attended a number of recommendations have been proposed that using technology can potentially help to reduce these.

Raman Chagger
Representative
BRE

TBC

Paul Speight
Watch Manager - Virtual Reality/Road Safety
Leicesrershire Fire and Rescue Services (LFRS)

It's not auditing, it's identification of risk then offering suitable and sufficient strategies to control that risk. Grenfell has worried built environment operators, they are more focused on compliance, with suitability being the poor cousin. This leads to a Service Delivery Gap and a financial viability trap for all parties.

Brian Gregory
Representative
Safety-Management UK

Expertise and Guidance Theatre

The Government’s proposals for the new building safety regulatory system consider how the competence of all those who design, commission, build and manage high-risk residential buildings (HRRBS) can be monitored. It recommends an overarching framework to manage and ensure competence be set up for all involved in the construction industry.

The proposals will consider the recommendations of the Competency Steering Group which were established by the Industry Response Group to define and develop relevant competency requirements. This session will consider progress to date and discuss possible routes for demonstrating competency, particularly for installers of passive fire protection.

Niall Rowan
CEO
Association for Specialist Fire protection [ASFP]

A technical seminar that will demonstrate how fire-resistant glazing performs when exposed to fire and smoke. This seminar highlights the key areas of a building where fire-resistant glazing should be installed and looks at the different roles in the fire-resistant glazing supply chain - and why they have equal importance. The presentation will also refer to the comprehensive GGF Fire Resistant Glazing Guide which is included in Building Regulations. Each attendee at this presentation will receive a free printed copy of the Guide (retail value of £150).

Adrian Blaydon
GGF Technical Officer and Secretary
Fire Resistant Glazing Group of the Glass and Glazing Federation

The process of the UK leaving the EU is one that will without a doubt, affect us all. It will transform the processes with which the UK use to interact with the rest of the world. But how will it affect fire safety laws? What are the implications of Britain’s exit from the EU and what will it mean for the fire safety industry in the UK?

Ian Moore
CEO
Fire Industry Association [FIA]

Synopsis coming soon.

Russ Timpson
Organiser
Tall Building Fire Safety

The Industry has formed a Competence Steering Group to develop proposals for an overarching competence body and competence framework for all trades and professions working on high rise residential buildings. Final proposals from the Group are expected by April 2019. The Government will review the industry’s proposals and consider whether legislation is necessary to underpin a new system to assure competence This presentation will look at the overall work of the Competency Steering Group and focus on the recommendation for installers.

Martin Duggan
General Manager
Fire Industry Association [FIA]

Synopsis coming soon.

Howard Passey
Representative
FPA

FPA Infozone

Synopsis coming soon.

Howard Passey
Representative
FPA

Synopsis coming soon.

Roger Gentle
Representative
Gentle Fire Solutions

Synopsis coming soon.

Conor Logan
Representative
Colt International Limited

Synopsis coming soon.

David Poxon
Representative
FPA