Fire Sector Federation acknowledges promise of step change on building fire safety

The Fire Sector Federation (FSF) has acknowledged and welcomed the announcement made by the Government in advance of a debate in Parliament on the Grenfell Tower fire. The delay in positive action has been a deep cause of concern to Federation members so the outlined steps, particular in relation to the role of the Health and Safety Executive and the promise of a new Act of Parliament, are seen as helping to move the whole process forward.

Federation members have been working together with many others for over two years now in a bid to improve fire safety by advancing standards and quality. Picking up the theme highlighted by the Building Safety Review of “not marking your own homework” and the need for developing third party assurance for people and products, the Federation has called for fast-tracking third party certification by recognising it within formal guidance and using third party assured companies to supply products and services such as fire risk assessments.

The Federation hopes that the announcement from Westminster demonstrates that a serious transition step of turning deliberation and advice into action is now actually starting.

Michael Harper, chairman of the FSF, stated: “Having called for a decade of change to prevent another tragedy and to help ensure we have a UK built environment safer from fire, I welcome and acknowledge on behalf of the Fire Sector Federation the Governments’ significant announcement and commitment to improve building fire safety.”

Stephen Adams, CEO of BAFE, commented: “BAFE welcomes the statement made by the Secretary of State concerning the development of new Fire Safety Regulations and fully endorses the response from the Fire Sector Federation. We continue to actively participate in relevant Working Groups to ensure the recognition of competence and third party certification for fire protection solution providers.”
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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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