The Fire Industry Association (FIA) has announced that it will be merging with FIRESA, the Fire and Rescue Suppliers Association, on 2 April 2013. FIRESA has grown in its standing and influence year-on-year since its formal inception in April 2005. However, it has been seeking new ways to develop itself to benefit its fire fighting sector members. Recent discussions, followed by a formal vote by the membership, have resulted in the decision to integrate FIRESA into the FIA. FIRESA Chairman, Derek Gotts, described the move as ‘a natural progression’ for both parties. He added, ‘The FIA provides a robust mature trade body with structured additional resources and capabilities, while FIRESA brings a strong and credible reputation that complements the FIA and will allow us to have a stronger joint voice to represent our members’ best interests. It is my belief that this will deliver better value, structure, and clarity of message for the FIRESA members’. Although it has remained a separate trade association representing suppliers to the Fire and Rescue sector, FIRESA’s secretariat services have been provided by the FIA for the last eight years. This relationship means that the planned merger will be fairly straightforward. FIA CEO, Graham Ellicott, stated, ‘The FIA welcomes the integration of FIRESA and sees this coming together as a really positive move for both associations. The weight that the FIRESA brand brings to the FIA can only add credibility and strength of voice when representing our members to other stakeholders. We have seen in recent joint projects that we are both working with the same stakeholders, and it is logical to join forces and take advantage of the greater critical mass’. The existing FIRESA Council will sit alongside the five FIA Councils and will continue to operate as the driving force behind fire fighting sector activities. The FIRESA Chairman will sit on the FIA Board. FIRESA members will become FIA members with access to all FIA membership benefits and subject to the FIA Memorandum and Articles of Association.
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.