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BWF expresses fire door concerns in letter to councils across England and Wales

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has been forced to highlight to local council leads that the delay in replacing faulty fire doors is, frankly, too slow. This is especially relevant after the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) confirmed that...
Posted On 12 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
The devastating fire at Grenfell Tower in West London took place in June 2017
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“Government ‘far too slow’ in Grenfell Tower fire response” states HCLG Committee

In the two years since the Grenfell Tower fire, the Government has been “far too slow” in reforming the building and fire safety regime and is still not doing enough to remove dangerous cladding from existing buildings. That’s the view of the Housing, Communities and Local...
Posted On 24 Jul 2019
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100% of timber fire doors pass rigorous MHCLG fire-resistance test procedures

All timber fire doors which underwent fire-resistance testing by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) were found to have met the required standards, exceeding the minimum 30-minute burn time requirement, with one door resisting flames for as long as...
Posted On 19 Jul 2019
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FSF chair acknowledges frustration at progress to prevent fires like Grenfell Tower

Introducing a lively debate on ‘Building a Safer Future’ at FIREX International, Michael Harper (who became the Fire Sector Federation’s chairman last year) welcomed the progress made, while also expressing the frustration professionals and residents have concerning...
Posted On 28 Jun 2019
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Home Office launches call for evidence on fire safety in non-domestic premises

Employers and business owners are being asked for their views on fire safety in workplaces in England as part of a Home Office call for evidence. The central Government department is seeking feedback on the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, which underpins fire safety...
Posted On 06 Jun 2019
City Hall: the GLA's headquarters in the heart of the capital
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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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Timber fire doors demonstrate “outstanding performance” in ongoing MHCLG investigation

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) is standing firm in its view that the only way in which to address the “legacy of fire door neglect” is through rigorous product testing and third party certification. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local...
Posted On 13 Mar 2019
Sadiq Khan: Mayor of London
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London Mayor’s Budget proposes additional £234 million for policing and tackling crime

Sadiq Khan, The Mayor of London, has announced plans to invest an additional £234 million in policing and tackling violent crime in the capital. This includes an extra £119 million from London’s business rates to support and protect policing numbers in future years from proposed...
Posted On 20 Feb 2019
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BAFE issues new instructional video focused on benefits of third party certification

BAFE, the independent register of fire safety service providers, has released a new instructional video promoting the benefits of third party certification. The video, entitled ‘What is Third Party Certification?’ and available either on the BAFE website or...
Posted On 19 Feb 2019