Programme details announced for tall building fire safety events running in 2017-2018

The recent fires at Grenfell Tower in London and at The Torch in Dubai have highlighted the need for improvements in tall building design, construction, management and firefighting. With this in mind, the Tall Building Fire Safety Network – which offers regular courses and conferences on tall building fire safety management in locations around the world – has just announced a full schedule of educational events for 2017-2018.

The 5th International Tall Building Fire Safety Conference will run from 19-21 June 2018 at ExCeL London alongside FIREX International. Day 1 will consider design and fire engineering in tall buildings, including the fire testing of cladding systems. Day 2 focuses on the management and insurance of fire risk in tall buildings, with a determined focus on construction and refurbishment, while the last day will examine the subject of firefighting in tall buildings.

This event will be followed on 22 June by a Tall Building Firefighting Summit. The objective of this Summit is to bring together fire chiefs and firefighters from around the world to discuss and challenge the current ‘state-of-the-art’ with regards to tall building firefighting. The event will be free to attend for serving firefighters and seek to develop the next generation of firefighting procedures for tall buildings.

Meanwhile, the next Institution of Fire Engineers Tall Building Fire Safety Management training course will take place at The Shard in London from 11-15 December. Other dates in the UK are as follows: 15-19 January 2018 (Birmingham), 19-23 February 2018 (London), 19-23 March 2018 (Manchester) and 21-25 May 2018 (London).

Courses are also scheduled in Australia, taking in Perth (9-13 October 2017), Melbourne (16-20 October 2017) and Sydney (23-27 October 2017).

The Tall Building Fire Safety Management training course is packed with useful advice and techniques for those tasked with management. The training will address the issues raised by the Grenfell Tower fire. Instructors on the course are experts in their field and come with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Delivered over five days in existing tall buildings, the course covers a wide syllabus of relevant topics and Case Studies including:

*prevention (encompassing Case Studies, fire risk assessments and management systems)

*detection and alarms, cause and effect, maintenance, degraded systems and false alarms

*escape and evacuation strategies, lifts, disabled escape, wayfinding and car parks

*containment, passive barriers, steel protection, sprinklers and construction work

*firefighting, fire statistics, fire growth, firefighting techniques and wind-driven fires

The course is ideal for anyone who has a responsibility for managing fire safety in a tall building, including high rise residential structures, hotels, business and office blocks and mixed use developments.

For further information on the course or to book places on one of the training days listed contact Russ Timpson: russ.timpson@horizonscanbcp.com

About the Author

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.

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