Fire and Security Association organises series of seminars for IFSEC and FIREX International

Fire safety and security professionals are being urged to attend next month’s IFSEC International Conference Programme in the wake of the Fire and Security Association (FSA) and the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) agreeing on a partnership with the organiser UBM to host a series of seminars highlighting new business opportunities and major developments in both sectors.

IFSEC International – which is aimed at security professionals from across the supply chain – and its sister event FIREX International, itself devoted to the fire industry, will be held from Tuesday 21 to Thursday 23 June at London’s ExCeL.

During IFSEC and FIREX International, the ECA and FSA will be involved in the following seminar presentations:

*21 June (midday-12.30 pm): Growing Your Security Business (Installer Theatre)

*22 June (12.40-1.10 pm): Electrical Safety – The Hidden Perils (Smart Theatre)

*23 June (2.00 pm-2.50 pm): The Future of Home Automation (Smart Theatre)

*23 June (midday-12.50 pm): Smart Buildings and Home Technology (Smart Theatre)

Steve Martin of the FSA

Steve Martin of the FSA

Steve Martin, head of the FSA, commented: “IFSEC International is without doubt one of the biggest occasions in the fire and security calendar, and we’re delighted to have such a prominent role at this year’s conference. Our seminars aim to showcase some of the biggest innovations in the industry, and to give professionals the information they need in order to grow their business and expand into new areas of work.”

Blend of products, technical expertise and learning

In response, Gerry Dunphy – event director for IFSEC and FIREX International – stated: “IFSEC and FIREX are delighted to be welcoming the FSA to this year’s shows as the organisation’s members represent a key audience within the security and fire sectors. The shows provide a blend of products, technical expertise and learning opportunities to help FSA members harness vital knowledge in order to develop and grow their businesses.”

Gerry Dunphy

Gerry Dunphy

Some of the Keynote Speakers during the three-day Protection and Management Series at ExCeL include former British Army officer Colonel Tim Collins, BBC broadcaster Kate Adie and double Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell.

The FSA and ECA will also have an ongoing presence during the conference by hosting a stand within the exhibition area. The FSA, which has 280 members across the UK, operates as a specialist division within the Electrical Contractors’ Association and in conjunction with Select (the Scottish electrical contractors), all the while representing the interests of specialist contractors who operate in the fire and security systems sector.

*IFSEC International and FIREX International are free to attend. To find out more and confirm your attendance, visit and

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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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