Fire Safety Conference: Building a safer future
“It is quite clear that the tragedy at Grenfell Tower will have enduring implications for all those involved in fire and building safety. It simply cannot happen again and it is our responsibility to ensure it is never repeated.” – Nick Hurd, Fire Service Minister
The Grenfell Tower fire, which claimed the lives of 71 people and left many more without a permanent home, was the largest tragedy of its kind in the UK since the Second World War. It has prompted numerous inquiries and lead to a major rethink of fire safety standards.
The December 2017 government report “Building a Safer Future” found that the current system of regulation and enforcement is in need of “significant improvement”. Councils across the country are also working with housing providers in the public and private sectors to investigate if safety standards have been compromised by years of austerity.
Join us for the Fire Safety Conference where leading experts in fire prevention will explain how to make our homes and workplaces as safe as possible. Understand how safety standards are changing in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy, learn how to improve emergency response and see how different agencies can work together to improve and promote fire safety standards.
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Registration, exhibition and refreshments
Opening Remarks from Chair
Dennis Davis CBE, Vice Chair, Fire Sector Federation
Competency lies at the heart of all professional endeavours and fire is no exception. It has been a recurring theme in many tragic and high cost fires and requires positive intervention and oversight from all the parties engaged throughout a buildings life to ensure there is installed and continually maintained appropriate fire protection.
Martin Taylor, Local Authority Building Control Team
Bob Birtles, Station Manager and Fire Engineer, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
Safeguarding and protecting communities at risk of fire
Questions and discussion
Please pick either seminar A or B to attend
Seminar session A
Ian Cavanagh, Cavanagh Consulting
Fire Doors – the poor relative
Fire doors are classed as ‘passive’ fire protection devices despite being one of the most ‘active’ elements in any building. They are also in our experience the most overlooked when it comes to maintenance – despite being critical in protecting lives and property.
Seminar session B
Yusuf Muhammad, Co-founder and Design Director, Plumis Ltd
As the national requirements for fire safety tighten, having a mandatory fire sprinkler system in residential properties throughout the country is inevitable. It’s therefore essential to find cost effective solutions—solutions that not only ensure new builds meet these standards, but also, prove a pragmatic solution for retrofit.
In order to implement these changes, the industry must be progressive. Designed to not only look at the problem at hand, but also, looking ahead to the foreseeable future of fire safety nationwide. Plumis’ Automist Smartscan has established itself as a leading residential fire suppression system. Plumis aggressively tests its effectiveness to ensure, it not merely meets standards, but also exceeds them. Plumis believes Automist could be at the forefront of installing watermist in all residential properties for effective fire protection.
Kizzy Augustin, Partner, Russell-Cooke Solicitors
A legal perspective
Questions and discussion
Lunch, exhibition and networking break
Jeff Brydon, Account Director, International Fire Consultants Ltd.
A holistic approach to fire safety, the importance of third party certification
Robin Lawler, Chief Executive, Northwards Housing
Case study: Managing the fire risks of social housing
Aisling Sands, Business Development Manager, Kingspan
Fire performance of insulated panel and rainscreen façade systems
Exploring the differences between metal faced LPCB approved PIR core insulated panel systems and site-assembled built-up systems including rain screen. This presentation outlines the fire testing of insulated panels for life safety and asset protection and property insurance requirements and relevant Building Regulation requirements as well as behaviours of LPCB approved PIR core insulated panels in real fire scenarios.
Question and discussion
Refreshments, exhibition and networking break
Tim Moxey, National Specification Manager, Booth Muirie
*Please note, programme is subject to change without notice
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- Covering the findings and recommendations of the interim Building Regulation and Fire Safety review – “Building a Safer Future”
- Understanding what the implications are for current legislation and anticipating changes that will come in the next year
- What does culture change in the buildings industry look like: where are clear lines of accountability to be drawn?
- Effectively evaluating and understanding what fire safety regulations are not fit for purpose
- Implementing an effective outlet for residents to raise concerns and issues
- Establishing quick and clear resolutions for concerns
- Improving quality assurance on all industry wide products currently in use or procured for future use of construction projects
- What is the future of compliance and regulations?
- How can sectors work collaboratively and with understanding to drive up standards and response to fire incidents
Who should attend?
- Building Inspector
- Civil Engineer
- Construction Engineer
- Construction Manager
- Contract Manager
- Equipment Operator
- Field Engineer
- Project Manager
- Safety Director
- Safety Manager