All-new training course in Fire Safety Signs and Notices developed by the FIA

Are you a security or risk manager tasked with looking after fire safety issues on behalf of your employer? If so, do you know what Fire Safety Signs and Notices you need to display on company premises and where to locate them? If not, the Fire Industry Association (FIA) has just developed a brand new course designed to help you with the different fire-related safety signs.

Available from September, the course is the first of its kind from the FIA and aims to unpick Government legislation on the placement of Fire Safety Signs and Notices, offering practical advice and real-life examples of exactly where and when – and even which – signs should be used.

“Knowing which signs to use and how these should be incorporated into the building according to the fire risk assessment can be tricky without proper instruction,” explained Ian Gurling, the FIA’s training manager. “This course will help untangle the web of misconceptions surrounding the different Fire Safety Signs and help learners understand and use them correctly in line with legislation and the latest British Standards.”

Gurling added: “Even if you think you’re already familiar with Fire Safety Signs, it’s vital that you keep up-to-date with your training as new standards are being created all the time. This course is perfect for those who are new to the industry as well as more experienced professionals.”

Ian Gurling

Ian Gurling

Designed by experts in the field, the course affords you detail on everything you need to know about Fire Safety Signs, which is ideal if you have little or no experience in this area. Gain knowledge about Escape Plans and how to use signs according to Best Practice to ensure that people can escape a building safely in the event of a fire.

Also, learn about the Fire Safety Signs and Notices for door control mechanisms (eg door closers, hold open devices, access control solutions and latch mechanisms) and know the appropriate signs and notices that may be required. The FIA will even give you guidance on making signs visible in respect of light and lighting levels and the notices that would be required for fire safety facilities, equipment and systems such as rising mains, AOVs, extinguishers and fire alarms.

Information, guides and discussion points

This one-day course is packed with information, guides, and discussion points, and gives course participants the opportunity to have all of their questions answered.

As is the case with all FIA training, the course will be delivered by professionals with decades of experience in the fire industry, so you can be sure that you will benefit from their dedicated industry knowledge. This course is industry-recognised and a certificate will be issued to learners upon successful completion.

“Our courses are often oversubscribed and sell out extremely fast, so it’s well worth booking in advance to avoid disappointment,” concluded Gurling.

*Courses start from £150 +VAT for members of the FIA and £240 +VAT for non-members. To book, or to become a member, visit: www.fia.uk.com

Home Office publishes first set of fire statistics

The Home Office has published its first set of fire statistics since assuming control of Fire and Rescue Services from the Department for Communities and Local Government earlier this year. The latest figures include detail on the causes of fires, the use of smoke alarms, the seasonality and temporality of fires and other topics of interest to the fire statistics community.

Some of the headline figures from the Government’s report include the following:

*There were roughly 496,000 incidents attended by Fire and Rescue Services in 2014-2015. Of these incidents, around 155,000 (31%) were fire incidents and roughly 31,300 (6%) dwelling fire incidents

*In 2014-2015, 41% of all fatalities in fires in England were people aged 65 years old and over compared to 23% of all casualties. For every one million people in England, there were 4.8 fire-related fatalities

*Fires where a smoke alarm was not present accounted for 30% of all dwelling fires and 35% of all dwelling fire fatalities during 2014-2015

*46% of all fires across England in 2014-2015 took place between 4.00 pm and 10.00 pm

*In contrast to the number of fires, the number of fatalities is more stable across the day. However, a quarter (25%) of fatalities occur between midnight and 6.00 am despite only 13% of fires occurring over the same six hours

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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