Key industry associations line up to support Fire Safety North event in Manchester

Fire Safety North makes its debut at EventCity in Manchester on Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 October, with the Western Business Exhibitions-organised event being supported by a number of key associations in the fire sector. Industry bodies backing the show are the Institute of Fire Safety Managers, the Association for Specialist Fire Protection, the National Association of Healthcare Fire Officers, the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association and the Association of Insurance Surveyors.

Fire Safety North represents an ideal arena in which to network with like-minded professionals and share Best Practice. Both the Institute of Fire Safety Managers and the Association of Insurance Surveyors will be hosting open meetings on Tuesday 10 October and all delegates are welcome to attend.

Indeed, delegates will be treated to more than 14 hours of free educational content that’s being split across two theatres, namely the Fire Safety Keynote Theatre* and the Fire and Evacuation Theatre.

In addition, delegates are invited to attend breakfast briefings on both days where they will be able to network and learn from education sessions on subjects including understanding passive fire protection (10 October) and tall building fires (11 October). The sessions begin at 8.00 am, which is an hour before the doors to the event open, and will provide attendees with an exclusive first look at the exhibition.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours are available for all the seminar sessions. The content on offer is not to be missed. Day One will focus on legislation compliance, with delegates invited to take part in a fire safety mock trial. Leading fire safety prosecutor Warren Spencer will lead the prosecution against a defendant in a case brought under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, while a leading barrister will attempt to convince the Jury of the defendant’s innocence. Delegates will then be given the opportunity to serve as ‘Judge and Jury’.

For his part, Spencer has prosecuted more than 100 cases under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. In a separate seminar, he will share with delegates some of the most common pitfalls that have led to prosecutions against companies across the UK.

Business continuity and disaster planning 

In another interactive session, experienced fire safety trainer Roy Smith is set to deliver a live chemical explosion demonstration specifically designed to show the devastating effects of not safely storing chemicals.

Day Two of the programme will provide a focus on business continuity and disaster planning, including a session from representatives of Manchester City Council about how the organisation responded to the recent bombing at the Manchester Evening News Arena. The Welsh Government will also deliver an address about how it successfully passed legislation that makes it a legal requirement to install sprinklers in all new buildings. In addition, there are to be detailed sessions on how to eliminate false alarms and the role of the ‘Responsible Person’.

Fire Safety North is co-located with the long-established Health and Safety North event. Upwards of 130 exhibitors are going to showcase the latest products and innovations in the fire and Health and Safety sectors.

Fire Safety North features leading brands including Advanced, C-Tec, Wagner, Gerda, FirePro, Evac+Chair, EMS, Jactone and BT Redcare.

*The Fire Safety Keynote Theatre is sponsored by Advanced

**Attendance at Fire Safety North is free. For more information or to register visit

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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