Fire Industry Association gearing up for October seminars on ‘Update to BS 5839-1:2017’

During October, the Fire Industry Association (FIA) will be holding four seminars under the banner ‘Update to BS 5839-1:2017’. The new British Standard, which focuses on Fire Detection and Fire Alarm Systems for Buildings, was published on Friday 1 September. Due to the popularity of these seminars, with one event already fully-booked, an extra date has now been added.

The update to the British Standard brings with it many changes due to a research project named ‘Live Investigations of False Fire Alarms’, which was carried out by the Building Research Establishment in partnership with the FIA. The research makes 36 recommendations based upon the investigations the team made into false alarms. These recommendations look at ways in which to reduce false alarms and what steps can be taken to prevent false alarm events from occurring.

Following the report on ‘Live Investigations of False Fire Alarms’, which was issued early last year, the FIA’s Fire Detection and Alarm Council examined the research and began its own R&D project to see which recommendations from the document could be included in the British Standard.

The Fire Detection and Alarm Council then worked with the British Standards Institution and others to present its own recommendations for potential changes to BS 5839-1. These changes will now be included in the update to the British Standard.

In order to keep its members fully up-to-date with the changes, the FIA will be presenting four fully-accredited CPD seminars on the subject in different parts of the UK. The events are free to attend and will cover all of the changes made to the British Standard.

Presentation dates and locations are as follows:

*Wednesday 4 October: Fire Industry Manufacturers Expo, Glasgow Science Centre (Presenter: Will Lloyd) (LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE – Register for FIM Expo to guarantee entry to the seminar)

*Thursday 5 October: FIA, Hampton, South West London (Presenter: Don Scott) – Morning session (FULLY BOOKED)

*Thursday 5 October: FIA, Hampton, South West London (Presenter: Don Scott) – Afternoon session (LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE)

*Friday 13 October: Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Winsford (Presenter: Will Lloyd) – (LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE)

To book your place at one of these education sessions, visit and click on ‘Events’

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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