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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
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Property developers warned by London Fire Brigade to stop ignoring sprinkler advice

The London Fire Brigade has made numerous warnings about the importance of fitting sprinklers in property developments, but it seems that its advice is still being ignored. An audit of purpose-built flats refurbished in 2016 found that only two out of 15 blocks had sprinkler...
Posted On 14 Feb 2019
Karen Trigg
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Are Funding Levels Actively Harming Public Safety and Security?

When restricted by budgets, safety and security standards can waver. Here, Karen Trigg discusses how to overcome financial challenges and outlines precisely why large budgets should not legitimise complacency when it comes to security provision.  Addressing budgetary restrictions...
Posted On 07 Feb 2019
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FIA Technical Briefing

Becoming qualified is a vital process in demonstrating competence in the fire industry, writes Ian Moore. Fire safety has to be taken seriously, as we’ve seen from the many devastating fires in the news over the last year or two (Grenfell Tower immediately springs to mind...
Posted On 23 Jan 2019
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IFED secures 239 years’ jail time for fraudsters as specialist unit turns seven

The City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED), which has now secured 239 years in custodial sentences, is celebrating its seven-year anniversary this month. Since its inception back in 2012, the IFED has convicted 433 insurance fraudsters leading to...
Posted On 10 Jan 2019
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Enforcement activity will continue to fall “until Fire and Rescue Services are allocated sufficient additional resources”

Fire safety inspections in buildings have fallen by 40%, leaving thousands of people at risk. According to the Fire Protection Association (FPA), that statistic “should be a source of deep shame for this Government”. “What value do we place on the lives of our...
Posted On 09 Jan 2019
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Fire Sector Federation welcomes Government’s decision on Fire Safety Implementation Plan

The Fire Sector Federation has welcomed the publication of the Government’s Implementation Plan in response to Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety. The Federation is heartened that the Government “agrees with the Review’s diagnosis and...
Posted On 03 Jan 2019
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Government publishes Implementation Plan for change in wake of Hackitt Review

The Government has published its plan for implementing changes to the regulatory framework around building safety in response to the recommendations set out in the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety overseen by Dame Judith Hackitt. The Implementation Plan...
Posted On 19 Dec 2018