BAFE, FPA, NSI and SSAIB move to support Fire and Security Association Awards

A series of leading bodies from across the fire, emergency and security sectors are now supporting this year’s Fire and Security Association (FSA) Awards, which are currently open to nominations from the entire industry. In addition to leading electrotechnical Trade Associations SELECT and the Electrical Contractors’ Association, who are partnering on the FSA Awards, the industry bodies now in full support of these highly prestigious annual honours are British Approvals for Fire Equipment (BAFE), the Fire Protection Association, the National Security Inspectorate and the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board.

There are two FSA Awards – the Peter Greenwood Security Award and the Ian Marsh Fire Award. A panel of independent judges from the FSA’s partners and supporters will determine the winning duo.

The Peter Greenwood Security Award recognises individuals who’ve made an outstanding contribution to the security systems industry. It’s the longest-established individual award in the security profession and has been in existence since Peter Greenwood’s untimely death back in January 1995.

Greenwood was a former head of the ECA’s Security Group and also involved with its Fire Group. In addition, Greenwood was a founder member of the Security Industry Lead Body.

Last year’s winner was Andy Gilmore of AAI Security for 25 years’ of upholding technical standards.

The Ian Marsh Fire Award recognises individuals who demonstrate enthusiasm and selfless concern for the fire and emergency systems industry. The accolade was renamed in honour of Ian Marsh in 2013, the year after he died from illness.

Marsh made a major contribution to the industry, including through an active involvement with both British Standards and the Wiring Regulations, as well as having a pivotal role in the creation of certification body ELECSA.

Last year’s winner was Chris Watts of Wavelength Associates, notably for his commitment to emergency lighting.

Steve Martin, head of the FSA, explained to Risk UK: “The FSA Awards are moving from strength to strength with the entire industry now supporting both the Peter Greenwood Security Award and the Ian Marsh Fire Award. With the FSA celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year, we look forward to honouring another two industry champions who’ve changed the sector for the better.”

BAFE’s CEO Stephen Adams added: “BAFE is pleased to support the FSA Awards. As the electrical and fire protection industries grow closer, it’s now more vital than ever before that companies are third party certified to offer evidence of their competency.”

*The deadline for FSA Awards nominations in 2017 is Friday 15 September at 5.00 pm. For more details, or to nominate an individual for either award, please access:

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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.

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