FIREX International reflects present national agenda on fire safety in built environment

Over 18,000 visitors (representing a 12% increase on the 2017 event) and more than 140 exhibitors – 70 of which were new this year – came together from 29 countries at FIREX International in June to drive and reflect on the life safety landscape in the UK.

For three days at ExCeL London, fire safety professionals accessed over 10,000-plus life safety solutions held to the highest standards. Amidst the present national agenda regarding fire safety in the built environment – with a particular emphasis on social housing – FIREX International was the dedicated platform for engaging with leading experts, exploring proven technologies and receiving essential guidance.

Gerry Dunphy, brand director of FIREX International, explained: “It’s reflective of the times we’re in that a fully-fledged fire safety event is resonating so deeply with the market, and we’re pleased to see an increase in life safety professionals engaging with the event. The show’s growth is a testament to the industry’s demand for change. Both visitor and exhibitor sentiment reflected the criticality of FIREX. The conversations held on the show floor speak volumes for the way in which FIREX is changing perceptions around life safety being a right, not a privilege.”

The show welcomed the Fifth International Tall Building Fire Safety Conference, which is exclusive to FIREX, in addition to an in-depth seminar programme across the Expertise & Guidance Theatre (sponsored by BAFE) as well as the FPA InfoZone.

A particular highlight of the seminar programme included Dr Chris Cocking’s talk under the heading ‘Human Behaviour During an Emergency’. This hugely popular seminar, presented at the FPA InfoZone, provided insight into the rarity of mass panic, and indicated that there’s very little evidence to suggest that people panic if they are made aware of the threat – which means that information should not be withheld. His analysis was paired with a tangible solution to provide vital information about what’s going on, what the threat is and what people need to do to escape from it.

New in 2018

New to FIREX International 2018 were ‘Show Me How’ demonstrations in the brand new Sprinkler Zone. These addressed the fire safety concerns keeping visitors up at night by not only offering the latest solutions and technology, but also showing how to use them. There were also live smoke demonstrations by GERDA showing the crucial role of fire doorsets in passive fire protection.

With a newly introduced fire challenge, the 20th Anniversary of the Engineers of Tomorrow competition saw fire apprentices compete in live installation challenges.

The Inspirational Speaker Series also drew massive crowds as the show welcomed a fantastic line-up, including comedian and mental health expert Ruby Wax OBE, English rugby legend Sir Clive Woodward OBE and Nicky Moffat CBE, formerly the British Army’s highest-ranking female officer.

Jeremy Rees, Acting CEO at ExCeL London, commented: “We were delighted to welcome FIREX to ExCeL London. Our teams are working closely with UBM to support its ambitions for growth and we are delighted that they had another successful event with us. This event, together with the wider Protection and Management Series, is playing a vital role in maintaining and creating safe and secure environments. This is something that resonates strongly with us. We look forward to welcoming visitors and exhibitors again next year, when they will be able to travel to ExCeL more quickly than ever before via the Elizabeth Line.”

*FIREX International 2019 takes place from 18-20 June at ExCeL London

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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