IFSEC and FIREX International hailed “a great success” for National Security Inspectorate

The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) shared in the success of this year’s IFSEC and FIREX International exhibitions at London’s ExCeL as the integrated events proved important forums for approved companies and applicants, as well as key industry stakeholders, to engage face-to-face with NSI experts.

The three-day events that ran from 18-20 June provided a vital opportunity to raise awareness of the valuable role of independent certification in enhancing performance and operational effectiveness across the sectors.

The NSI’s continued support for the ‘Show Me How’ feature was evident with a series of sessions on the NSI Stand.  The topics included updates on PD 6662 for the installation of alarm systems, the new Kitchen Fire Protection Systems Scheme (SP206), the NSI’s CCTV Code of Practice NCP104 and the latest modifications to the Security Industry Authority Approved Contractor Scheme Workbook.

The NSI’s head of field operations (systems), namely John Davidson, spoke to a packed theatre at FIREX International all about the importance of using competent and trained risk assessors to complete life safety fire risk assessments.

Once again, NSI auditors judged the work of teams competing in the Engineers of Tomorrow competition, a key attraction within IFSEC International. This year, the competition not only showcased the skills and talent of apprentices, but also laid the foundations for becoming part of the highly respected World Skills competition.

Richard Jenkins: CEO at the NSI

Richard Jenkins: CEO at the NSI

NSI CEO Richard Jenkins presented the heat winners’ prizes at the end of the final day in the Keynote Arena. The heat winners on day three were Matt Eminson and Ryan Harker from Chubb (intruder alarm competition) and Callum Tootle and Chris Lomax from EFT Systems (fire competition).

Jenkins commented: “Once again, IFSEC and FIREX exemplified the benefits of industry professionals joining forces to enhance public security. Our stand welcomed a considerable number of enquiries from companies interested in engaging with the NSI’s highly-trained team of experts. ndependent certification is recognised as an important framework for continual improvement for businesses. It’s one we are pleased to spearhead within the security and fire safety sectors. We employ the most highly-trained professionals who help to drive up the performance of businesses of all sizes as part of the assessment for approval.”

Jenkins added: “It was inspiring to see so many NSI approved companies attend this year’s event and we were proud to play our part in helping to shine a spotlight on new talent within the sector. It was also a pleasure to welcome so many invited guests to our VIP drinks reception that celebrated a collective commitment to raising standards.”

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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