UK Parliamentary seminar to consider fire safety in buildings

Published:  01 November, 2013

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) is holding a Parliamentary Seminar on 4 December in conjunction with the Fire Sector Federation (FSF) and the All Party Parliamentary Fire & Rescue Group.

Understanding Fire Safety in Buildings will consider issues that affect fire safety within the modern built environment and investigate how to ensure that appropriate fire protection is designed, specified, installed and maintained throughout the life of a building.

Fire Minister Brandon Lewis MP will welcome delegates to the event, which will bring together fire industry stakeholders, regulatory authorities, the fire service, building designers and building occupiers to consider and debate many of the issues that must be addressed to ensure a safe and sustainable built environment. The seminar will assemble experts from across the fire sector, with each session focusing on a particular aspect of fire safety.

The first session will focus on fire engineering. Allister Smith of Aviva Insurance will offer an insurers’ perspective, while Kevin Hulin, Chairman of the Fire Resistant Glazing Group of the Glass and Glazing Federation will ask whether fire engineering is often seen as a way to cut costs rather than improve safety. Neal Butterworth and Professor Barbara Lane of Arup Fire will call for good practice throughout the fire engineering profession.

The structure and management of buildings will be the theme for the next session, with Dave Curry of the Chief Fire Officers’ Association offering a review of fires in buildings constructed using modern methods of construction. BRE Global’s David Crowder will ask if delegates understand the structure of their buildings, while Peter Gannaway of National Social Housing Fire Strategy Group will explain why fire risk assessment should be a vital part of management policy. 

The afternoon session will consider competency. Dennis Davis CBE of the Fire Sector Federation will look at the need for improved competency within the built environment, while Mike Wood, Chairman of the Passive Fire Protection Federation, will carry forward the outcomes from a recent Fire Summit workshop to examine whether the time is right for a National Fire Safe Register. Cllr Mark Healey, Chairman of Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Authority and Sir Ken Knight CBE QFSM FIFireE will consider fire safety awareness for landlords. A summary of the day will be provided by Brian Robinson CBE, QFSM, FIFireE, President of the Association for Specialist Fire Protection and Chairman of the Fire Sector Federation.

Delegates will be offered time to ask questions after each session, while networking opportunities will be available over lunch, which takes place in the Cholmondeley Room of the House of Lords. After lunch speakers Wilf Butcher, CEO of the ASFP, and Dr Jim Glockling of Fire Protection Association will provide further food for thought over coffee.

The price for this thought-provoking one-day seminar is £175 plus VAT, including lunch overlooking the Thames from the terrace of the House of Lords.

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