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NFCC expresses shock at evidence presented during Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 2

Evidence that emerged during the opening days of the second phase of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry has been met with shock and anger by the chair of the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC). The NFCC believes that the evidence presented during the first three days of Phase 2 shows a...
Posted On 07 Feb 2020
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Fire Compartmentation, Fire Curtains and Certification

With fire safety increasingly a key consideration for the design of any commercial building, James Reed explains the key features to look for in a fire curtain to ensure it proves the best possible line of defence if and when a fire breaks out. As a result of several high-profile...
Posted On 15 Jan 2020
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ASSA ABLOY Door Group unveils detail of Openings Studio BIM software

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is changing the building landscape, bringing with it improvements in design, specification, delivery and asset management. According to NBS’ National BIM Report 2019, 96% of contractors plan to use BIM in the next five years, but there appears...
Posted On 18 Dec 2019
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FPA’s leader strongly urges Government to mandate third party certification

Focusing on the Public Inquiry into the Grenfell Tower disaster, Fire Protection Association (FPA) managing director Jonathan O’Neill OBE has used the organisation’s annual Fire Sector Summit as a platform for urging the Conservative Government to “get on with...
Posted On 14 Nov 2019
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FIA develops new Level 3 qualification in fire detection and alarm systems

The Fire Industry Association (FIA) is offering training to a new Level 3 qualification for the fire detection and alarms (FD&A) sector, namely the FIA Awarding Organisation Level 3 Fundamentals of Fire Detection and Alarm Systems in Non-Domestic Premises. This qualification...
Posted On 13 Nov 2019
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CIC announces support for sprinkler installations in buildings above 11 metres

The Construction Industry Council, which is the representative forum for professional bodies, research organisations and specialist business associations in the construction industry, has released a statement referencing the use of sprinklers that will form the basis of its...
Posted On 21 Oct 2019
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NFCC chair outlines key focus areas in wake of new fire minister’s appointment

The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) is “looking forward” to working with Kit Malthouse, the newly-appointed Minister of State for Crime, Policing and the Fire Service at the Home Office. NFCC chair Roy Wilsher has outlined key areas for which he would like to see...
Posted On 04 Sep 2019
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Fire Risk: Are We Asking the Right Questions?

A recent study conducted by the Business Sprinkler Alliance – entitled ‘UK: Commercial and Industrial Attitudes Study 2018- – confirmed that the uptake of fire safety sprinkler systems is low, with 68% of those interviewed having been involved in a decision not...
Posted On 19 Aug 2019
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“Improving building safety must be top priority for new Government” urges LFB

People are at risk from slow action to improve building safety, with developers and those responsible not doing enough. The Fire Service is wrongly being seen as the safety net for the shortfalls in building safety, warns London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton. After sharing her...
Posted On 26 Jul 2019
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Understanding Fire Safety Sprinkler Systems and Dispelling the Myths

In a recent study conducted by the Business Sprinkler Alliance (BSA), 22% of those respondents surveyed felt there was no necessity to include sprinkler installations in industrial and commercial buildings. The reluctance to install automatic fire safety sprinkler systems in...
Posted On 24 Jul 2019