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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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Best Practice in Managing and Reducing False Fire Alarms

The proliferation of false fire alarms places a huge burden on the Fire and Rescue Service. Understanding false fire alarm causes and taking steps to prevent them can help reduce false dispatches, as Jim O’Dwyer explains.  The threat of fire is known to all. There’s...
Posted On 05 Feb 2020
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British Red Cross calls for change in law to improve response when UK emergencies strike

The British Red Cross is calling for the law to be updated to give individuals and communities alike more say in how they’re treated and the support they receive during an emergency scenario. Currently, the Emergency Services, Government bodies and councils, who together...
Posted On 20 Nov 2019
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“Risk of major fire tragedy remains” claims ECA in wake of ‘Raising The Bar’ consultation

The risk of further fire tragedies following the fatal Grenfell Tower blaze has been raised by leading engineering services Trade Association the ECA in its response to the ‘Raising The Bar’ consultation. In the aftermath of the tragic blaze at the Grenfell Tower high-rise block...
Posted On 31 Oct 2019
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Loss of life at Grenfell Tower caused by “deep-seated culture of complacency”

A pamphlet issued by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and launched at the Labour Party’s Annual Conference claims that Government bears ultimate responsibility for the Grenfell Tower fire and that deregulation by consecutive administrations led to the tragedy. ‘The...
Posted On 26 Sep 2019
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False Alarms: Making Sure the Level of Alert is Right

Safety alerts elicit an urgent response with good reason. Put simply, the cost of not responding in time is potentially astronomical. Fire, for example, can destroy equipment and entire buildings and have catastrophic human cost. Businesses are naturally committed to keeping...
Posted On 29 Aug 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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FIA Technical Briefing

When selecting a detector there can be a number of issues that arise from choosing the wrong type of detector for the area it needs to protect from fire. For those that perhaps have less experience in this area, it can become confusing. Do you use an optical smoke detector,...
Posted On 25 Apr 2019
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How To Prevent Fire Extinguisher and Exit Door Misuse

Are your business premises suffering from fire extinguisher and exit door misuse? It’s not unheard of to see fire extinguishers being used as temporary doorstops, especially in conjunction with exit door misuse – but they’re also prone to theft and, when discharged...
Posted On 14 Mar 2019
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Registration now open for National Security Inspectorate’s 2019 Summit

The National Security Inspectorate’s (NSI) Annual Summit 2019 will take place on Thursday 21 March at The Vox Conference Centre in Birmingham. Now in its sixth year, this highly popular, informative and free to attend one-day event offers an opportunity for NSI approved...
Posted On 22 Jan 2019