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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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LFB urges Government to take stronger action on “buildings that fail”

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) has called on the Government to undertake urgent research and take stronger action on “buildings that fail”. Buildings that were designed to have a ‘stay put’ policy have been closely looked at by the Brigade, which is now...
Posted On 17 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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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
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Deputy Mayor and Fire Commissioner call on Government for tougher fire safety rules

Fiona Twycross, the Deputy London Mayor for Fire and Resilience, and the London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton are calling on the Government to tighten up Building Regulations in order to prioritise the need for sprinklers and address the shortage of skilled fire engineers....
Posted On 13 May 2019
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Fire Brigades Union offers recommendations in wake of Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase One

Phase One of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry has concluded and, in the closing statements, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) gave a series of recommendations. The FBU has requested a review of Fire Service procedures and training to plan for residents of all high-rise buildings to be...
Posted On 17 Dec 2018
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British Woodworking Federation and Building Research Establishment collaborate to raise standards in fire safety

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) and the Building Research Establishment (BRE) have joined forces in a bid to raise awareness of the importance of fire doors and to help advance standards in their design, manufacture and installation. Fire doors are the first line of...
Posted On 25 Sep 2018
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Body-Worn Cameras: The Real-Time Way to Reduce Security Risk

Body-worn cameras may have started life primarily as a niche tool used in law enforcement and similar surveillance scenarios. However, due to enhancements such as an increase in battery power, their uses have expanded exponentially over the last few years, writes Richard Revis....
Posted On 18 Sep 2018
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Home Office champions “more diverse” Fire and Rescue Services in all-new campaign

Firefighters in England are approximately 95% male and white. Only 5.2% of firefighters in England are women, while just 3.9% are from an ethnic minority background (BAME).With this in mind, the Home Office is launching a new campaign designed to help Fire and Rescue Services...
Posted On 27 Aug 2018
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Fifth International Tall Building Fire Safety Conference focuses on issues arising from Grenfell Tower blaze

The rate and complexity of tall building construction is increasing worldwide, with cities forecast to house many more people in such structures as the years progress. In parallel, the tragedy that occurred at Grenfell Tower in London back in June, along with several other...
Posted On 27 Nov 2017