FIA outlines programme for 2020 Northern Ireland Fire Industry Conference

As part of the Fire Industry Association’s (FIA) Northern Ireland Week, the FIA will be hosting its very first Northern Ireland Fire Industry Conference (NIFIC). The event will take place on Thursday 23 April at the Titanic Centre in Belfast, itself a monument to Belfast’s maritime heritage located on the site of the former Harland & Wolff shipyard in the city’s Titanic Quarter where the RMS Titanic was built.

In today’s competitive and ever-changing industry, it’s now more important than ever to keep up-to-date with the latest industry developments, which is why this conference serves as an opportunity for all fire industry stakeholders. The event is aimed at all individuals already working in the fire trade, whether focused on maintenance, installation, commissioning, designing, portable extinguishers, extinguishing systems or fire risk assessment and also those looking to move into the industry, the FIA’s NIFIC agenda should appeal to all.

The NIFIC will commence at 8.30 am with registration and finish at 4.15 pm. This content-rich conference has a whole host of varied and important topics on the agenda. There will be a discussion around competency which is currently the most important word in the industry. There’s also going to be seminars on BS 5839-1:2017 and its equally important counterpart BS 5839-6:2019. This serves an opportunity to better understand what has been the iconic ‘guidebooks’ for decades. They’re both recognised as being at the forefront of every decision made on the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire detection and alarm systems.

Prior to the buffet luncheon, there will be an opportunity to hear from businesses who are behind a selection of industry-changing innovations.

In the afternoon, the NIFIC will cover all of the transformational recommendations and changes that will come from Dame Judith Hackitt’s ‘Building a Safer Future: Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety’. The conference will then explore a variety of the FIA’s research projects on meaningful insights into the industry.

The NIFIC will be free to attend for all delegates. All seminars that take place will count towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Fire Industry Manufacturers’ Expo

In tandem with the NIFIC, the Fire Industry Manufacturers’ (FIM) Expo is heading to Northern Ireland this Spring on Wednesday 22 April and will be held at the same venue.

Organised by the FIA, as always the FIM Expo provides a showcase for many of the UK’s leading fire detection and alarm manufacturers and focuses on showcasing the latest products and developments in this sector of the industry.

With up to 20 exhibitors, the FIM Expo is for anyone working in this area, whether they be an installer or maintainer of fire detection and alarm systems, a manager of such systems in commercial premises or an architect or person specifying what type of fire protection systems should be installed in a building.

The event is a roadshow that travels around the UK, providing an intimate forum for networking as well as finding out what’s new in fire detection. It’s designed to give delegates access to all the key manufacturers in one location on one day. As stated, delegates will have the occasion to benefit from free CPD-accredited seminar sessions.

*FIM Expo is open from 9.00 am to 3.30 pm. For more information and to register visit

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 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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