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10 Years after Penhallow: Have we learned anything?

It is now 10 years after Penhallow, which has been described as the worst British hotel fire for 50 years and I think that it is important to look back at what we have learnt from this tragic failure of our fire safety laws. To add to this we now have the Grenfell Tower Fire that will surely be the worst fire that the UK has seen in living memory. I am also including some of the fire safety failures that I found during my recent undercover inspection of hotels in the South West for the BBC to illustrate the problem.

The Penhallow Hotel Fire 2007 For those who may have forgotten what happened this was an article that I wrote following the fire The Penhallow fire: accident, arson or imcompetence? The one part of this tragic incident that has remained with me over this period is this statement given by one of the witnesses at the inquest. She told the inquest how she saw one of the victims, 80-year old Joan Harper, trapped in her blazing room. She said that firefighters with just one engine and no firefighting ladder were to ill-equipped to come to the rescue. Describing the moment firemen did arrive at the scene, she is quoted as saying: Everybody was shouting at the fire brigade to save the lady, but they did not take any actions to save her When I saw their single fire engine with one hosepipe, this just reinforced my despair. They did not have the capability to deal with the fire. Tragically, this was not the only fatality as Peter Hughes jumped from a third story window and his 86 year old mother Monica Hughes also perished. At the inquest there were also many other factors that came to light including a poor fire risk assessment, poor access, lack of water, lack of equipment (high rise ladder) and the FRS (Fire and Rescue Service) being sent to the wrong address. Following this incident the FRS went around the country informing interested parties about this fire and when I asked them about aspects such as being sent to the wrong address they replied that they had no knowledge of this but these items are clearly in the inquest records both written and recorded.

The Grenfell Tower Fire 2017 Whilst obviously I cannot say a lot about this fire I think it is important to say that, if what has been reported in the media is true, then there are a number of similarities to the Penhallow Hotel Fire particularly in respect of people being trapped in the building and late arrival of a high rise ladder.

10 Years of Fires So what have we learnt in the last 10 years as we are always informed following these tragic incidents that we must learn from these tragic fires so they never happen again . Clearly when we find out what happened in the Grenfell Tower Fire there does need to be some major changes and Brexit should give us the opportunity to make these changes but I wonder if the will and impetus is there to make the radical changes that in my opinion are needed. Another important aspect that has come to light since the Grenfell Tower Fire is the subject of how we investigate serious fires and it is my view that I have stated many times that we need to establish a more robust, independent and open system that people can trust and respect. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 Whilst Fire Certificates issued under the Fire precautions Act had their drawbacks I think that on balance it was a far better system than Fire Risk Assessments that in my opinion don t really work. There are many reasons for this and one of them is how the legislation is enforced. Figures released to the Guardian under the Freedom of Information Act showed the number of specialist staff in 26 fire services had fallen from 924 to 680, a loss of 244 officers between 2011 and 2017. Between 2011 and 2016, the government reduced its funding for fire services by between 26% and 39%, according to the National Audit Office, which in turn resulted in a 17% average real-terms reduction in spending power. Together with cuts to the FRS we have to look at how FRA are carried out and with no real standard assessment in place and poorly defined competency levels this was a recipe for failure. I found these words from a very well respected hotelier during the BBC investigation very interesting: I wish that the old system of fire certification with annual inspection was still in place.

The interesting thing here is that back in the 70 s/ 80 s each Fire Brigade interpreted legislation differently from area to area. The problem now is that consultants and operators interpret differently which of course in turn leads to a plethora of interpretations. In addition it is hard enough being a good hotelier let alone an expert in Health and safety/fire/food safety etc etc as well, however we do try to comply coupled with contracted professional guidance. Whilst the RRO appears on the surface to offer a better solution to our fire safety needs by placing the onus on the responsible person in practice I don t think that it works for the following reasons: Poorly defined standards. Poorly defined competency levels Poor enforcement and training/experience. Lack of clarity and transparency by enforcing authorities. Fire Deaths The latest figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government show that 294 people died in fires in England during 2015, an increase of 21% compared with the 242 deaths recorded in 2014 and the largest increase since figures were published in 2001-02. The rise comes after a decade in which the long-term trend in the death toll from fires fell, from a peak of 469 in 2003 and obviously don t take into account the Grenfell Tower Fire. Significant Fires There are a number of significant fires that I think highlight why the system doesn t work and these are just four that highlight the tragic loss of life, our heritage and to fire service personnel.

The Clandon Park Fire 2015 I looked at this investigation https://www.ifsecglobal.com/clandon-park-fire-questions-from-national-trust-member/ because I was a National Trust Member and would like to have seen what the NT investigation had to say and because I had some concerns about the FRS Report but even though I registered an official request and complaint the NT has never made this information available about what steps they took to protect our heritage neither did they address my complaint. Whilst there was no life loss in this fire it shows how difficult it is to get answers to questions raised by the media and public. The Cathedral Green Fire (Royal Clarence Hotel) 2016 This hotel was destroyed by a fire that started in Cathedral Green in Exeter and again it raised questions from the media and public that would not be answered. This was the article that I wrote https://www.ifsecglobal.com/royal-clarence-hotel-fire-destruction-uks-oldest-hotel/ unfortunately, we still don t have answers to these important questions. Lakanal House Fire 2009 Tragically, six people, including three children, died on the 10th and 11th floors. It is reported that those who died had been told to stay in their homes by 999 operators, who believed fire safety measures would be sufficient to prevent flames and smoke from reaching them . Southwark council admitted it failed to address fire risks at Lakanal House in Camberwell, south-east London, in the years leading up to the UK s worst ever tower block fire up to the 3 July 2009. Atherstone on Stour Warehouse Fire 2007 On 2 November 2007 a major fire occurred at a warehouse near the village of Atherstone on Stour in Warwickshire. Four firefighters from the Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service were killed whilst tackling the blaze.

This was the largest loss of life for a fire brigade in the United Kingdom for 35 years. BBC Inside Out South West Investigation This is the third investigation that I have carried out for the BBC and this does not convince me that the level of fire safety is improving in fact quite the opposite. The BBC asked me to look at two hotels that had recently appeared on the Enforcement Register and the first one was so bad that I notified the FRS of my concerns because of a missing fire door at the head of the stairs and a fire exit that would not open. The second one had done some fire safety improvement work but still had many problems including combustible rubbish and compressed gas cylinders stored under an external fire escape, poor fire compartmentation and poorly fitting fire doors. The third hotel was one that I could see had carried out a lot of fire safety work but needed improvement because of poor housekeeping, unprotected escape routes, fire doors wedged open and poor electrical installation. It was also good that the hotel owner was very cooperative and agreed to action the items that I had raised. The fourth hotel was one that had not been covered in the TV programme but one that I had stayed in and this was a hotel that had a great 150 year history together with many fire safety problems these were just a few: Hotel bedroom fire door with lock removed Corridor fire door poorly fitting at head Poorly fitting fire door in corridor Unprotected window adjacent to external fire escape This is where both fire escapes meet note the portable building and ventilation plant under the common bridge and staircase. There were a lot more problems that I noted but I think that you can understand my concerns I did write to the hotel and the FRS and the hotel responded indicating that they wanted to resolve the problems. Clearly, this hotel would have had a Fire Certificate under the FP Act together with a number of Fire Risk Assessments under the RRO so how did we get to this position?

1. Looking at the hotel and the standard of fire safety I can clearly see what was done under the FP Act to gain a Fire Certificate and this would probably have included bedrooms fire doors and separation of the main stair case to allow people to by pass it.

2. It is rather more difficult to establish what has been done under the RRO as the standard does not appear to have changed a great deal but there may have been some upgrading of the fire alarm and automatic fire detection but this is just a guess.

3. Clearly, the biggest problem here is where to two fire escapes converge above the portable building and the associated ventilation plant below the one stair case as any fire here may render both escape routes useless. Unfortunately, in my travels I find many hotels with similar problems and this is why I feel that the RRO is not working.

During the course of the BBC investigation I stayed in 2 hotels and visited two more and all four had problems of varying concern including one where the FRS took 7 bedrooms out of use following my report because a fire door had been removed at the head of a stair case and a fire exit would not open. I was interesting to note that this hotel had recently been the subject of enforcement action. Where to now for fire safety? The last 10 years have seen some significant failures of our fire safety standards that have clearly not given us the level of fire safety that I feel are required in this day and age.We have seen significant failures in both life and property safety in the UK and whilst it is hoped that the outcome from the Grenfell Tower tragedy will provide an answer I think that with Brexit on the horizon we need to think about how we can overcome these problems with a more open and transparent fire safety regime that people can have confidence in. Having started my career in the age of fire certificates I am well aware of the advantages and disadvantages of this form of control and wonder if a combination of fire certificates and risk assessments may provide a better solution. This could take the form of a combined building control and fire certification authority that certified the building structure and approved the occupiers operational plan for its use. I does appear inconsistent in this day and age when we can go to a restaurant and find out its hygiene rating or buy a car and find out its crash rating but have no idea of the fire safety level of buildings that we stay/work in together with no way of establishing this. It would be nice to think that this information could be obtained by Freedom of Information (FOI) requests but the FRS are constrained by the Data Protection Act and are also using the response that they cannot provide this information because it may be used for acts of terrorism. I was recently trying to establish how many fire risk assessments that selected FRS had carried out in hotels and how many were found to be unsatisfactory and I was surprised at the variation in replies whilst a number gave me their figures, one indicated that they did not record this information and one required a payment of 450 for the information.

I would have personally thought that this was fairly basic information that should be easily available. I think that now is the time that the fire safety profession needs to get behind a scheme to improve fire safety to protect people and our heritage and not just to protect individual organisations or interests. Free Download: A Technical Guide to Fire Detection and Alarm Systems Fire legislation, which is written for the purpose of life safety, requires duty holders in non-domestic premises to assess fire risks and put in place arrangements for the prevention of fire and to protect people from fire when it occurs.

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Nominations open for UK OSPAs

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The criteria for the awards are based on extensive research into key factors that contribute to and characterise outstanding performance. Perpetuity Research has contributed to the creation of the criteria. The OSPAs are organised in collaboration with security associations and groups in the countries they take place in, with standardised award categories and criteria. Nominations are open until the November 13 2017. Submissions are invited in several categories. These include: Outstanding In-House Security Team , Outstanding In-House Security Manager , Outstanding Contract Security Company , Outstanding Security Consultant and Outstanding Customer Service Initiative . Entry to the UK OSPAs is free and is open to companies, teams and individuals who have performed at an exceptional level. The nomination process is simple with only two questions to answer. A panel of leading industry figures will select award winners from finalists and the UK OSPAs will be presented at a prestigious awards dinner to be held at the Royal Lancaster, London on March 1 2018.

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Fire industry expert, Tom Brookes, appointed as new FSA chair

Tom Brookes, who is a senior figure in the fire safety industry, has been appointed as the new chair of the Fire & Security Association (FSA). Tom Brookes career history He began his career as a fire engineer in 1992. He then went on to buy Lindum Fire Services in 2002.

Brookes turned Lindum Fire Services into one of Lincolnshire s top fire detection and alarm systems firms. During his 25-year career in the industry Brookes has worked with several industry bodies. They include technical committee member at the British Standards Institute (BSI) and chairman of the British Fire Consortium. Steve Martin, head of the FSA, says: The FSA is pleased to confirm that Tom Brookes has taken over the role of chair from Pat Allen. Pat has done a fantastic job in recent years and we look forward to continued success with Tom at the helm. Moving forwards at the FSA Brookes says: I aim to utilise my 25 years experience in the fire sector to ensure that the industry drives through improvements in the safety of both residential and commercial buildings. The British government recently announced an independent review of the Building Regulations and Fire Safety , following the Grenfell Tower disaster in Kensington, London. The FSA will respond to the review on behalf of the industry, notably in respect to high-rise residential and commercial buildings. Dame Judith Hackitt will lead an independent review into Building Regulations and Fire Safety .

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Finalists announced for the Security & Fire Excellence Awards 2017

AWARDS Finalists have been announced for the 2017 edition of the Security & Fire Excellence Awards. The winners will once again be revealed at the London Hilton on Park Lane, on 22 November 2017. The event, which is supported by IFSEC and FIREX International, was sold out in the previous three years so you are advised to book your place as soon as possible.

This year s headline sponsor is Hanwha Techwin, the video surveillance specialist whose flagship brand is the WISENET series of CCTV cameras and equipment. Other sponsors include First Response Group, ICTS UK and Ireland, Oprema, Axis Communications and Honeywell. Find out who won in 2016, when the awards were compered by comedian Jimmy Carr. 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Services SmartSec Solutions Lovely way to start the week Oculi has made it as a finalist in the Security & Fire Excellence Awards @SecurityXAwards pic.twitter.com/BvQwnpNBbl Luminite Electronics (@LuminitePIR) September 25, 2017 Active Fire Innovation of the Year Accessium with Emergency Evacuations Management System Honeywell Security and Fire with VESDA VEA Nobel Fire Systems with Avantis Fire System Control Panel Ontech Security with Wardiam Pro Fire Trust Security with Haddon Hall, Derbyshire Best Contribution to Standards in the Security Sector Linx International Group Sainsbury s, Mitie, PaS and Sussex Police by Mitie Total Security Management CCTV Camera Equipment of the Year Avigilon Corporation with H4 Mini Dome Axis Communications with AXIS Q1659 Network Camera Dahua Technology Mini Thermal Hybrid Bullet Camera FLIR Systems with PT-Series HD Hanwha Techwin Europe with Wisenet X series of 2MP and 5MP H.265 cameras and domes Hikvision with DarkfighterX Honeywell Security and 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We’re so proud to be finalists in 3 categories in this year’s Security & Fire Excellence Awards! @SecurityXAwards pic.twitter.com/JMbc5HqtnK Chris Lewis FS (@ChrisLewisFS) September 25, 2017 Cyber Security Innovation of the Year Axis Communications with Ensuring surveillance camera cybersecurity with Dell and Device Authority Genetec with CHAVE IndigoVision with CyberVigilant Nedap Security Management with AEOS end-to-end security Event Security Team of the Year Croma Vigilant Edinburgh International Conference Centre Security Team Effective Security Services Exclusec Security Solutions FGH Security with Worthy View Security Team Glastonbury G4S with One Love Manchester Concert Team Houses of Parliament with Parliamentary Security Department Jaguar Land Rover with Corporate Security & Business Protection Logic Service Management Boston May Fair Event Security Team SecuriGroup Services with Events Division SGC Security Services Intruder Alarm or Exterior Deterrent Product of the Year Ajax Systems with Smart wireless security system Avigilon Corporation with Presence Detector Axis Communications with AXIS D2050-VE Network Radar Detector Chuango Security Technology with Chuango D11 WiFi & Cellular Smart Home Control Enforcer V10 by Pyronix ERA with HomeGuard GJD with Laser-Watch Luminite Electronics with Luminite OCULi Wireless PIR Camera Ontech Security with Wardiam Perimeter Tyco Security Products / Johnson Controls with Visonic GB-502 PG2 Glass Break Detector Large Security Installer of the Year CBES Kings Security Mitie Total Security Management SecuriPlex Thompson AVC Universal Security Systems VPS and VPS Site Security VSG So pleased to be a finalist at the Security and Fire Excellence Awards 2017 https://t.co/8HU9j0lcw4 looking forward to the night! pic.twitter.com/BWH6UBbHBm NW Systems Group (@nwsystemsgroup) September 25, 2017 Passive Fire Innovation of the Year Hilti (Gt. Britain) with Hilti CFS-TTS Firestop top track seal LINIAN with LINIAN Fire Clip Parhelion with LDG StripeLight fireman torch Safe Connect with Hot Connection Indicator Security Consultancy of the Year CornerStone GRG CS Risk Management Future Risk Management Linx International Magenta Security Services MIPL QCIC Group Security Management International VIDEF Security Consulting Security Guarding Company of the Year Over 50M Turnover Axis Security ICTS UK & IRELAND Mitie Total Security Management Wilson James Security Guarding Company of the Year Under 50M Turnover Active Response Security Services CIS Security Croma Vigilant Exclusec Security Solutions FGH Security Global Guardians GMS Security Services Kings Security Magenta Security Services Pilgrims Group SecuriGroup Services Vistech Services Security Manager of the Year Andrew Sindall, Senior Security Manager, SGN David Cox, Security Manager King s Cross Estate, Andrews International Jason Hopwood, UK Strategic Account Manager, Santander by Wilson James Kuldeep Kainth, Security Contract Manager, CIS Security Lee Connelly, The King s School, Canterbury by Sunstone IP Systems Mark Burgin, Head of Security & Risk, Crystal Peaks Shopping Mall and Retail Park Martin Falsey, Physical and Electronic Security Manager, Yorkshire Water Matthew Hollick, Security Manager, Axis Security Muhammad Fahim, Eurostar by Mitie Total Security Management Nigel Moss, Account Manager, STM Group (UK) Paul Brady, Contract Manager, Croma Vigilant Shane Bailey MSyI, Network Rail (High Speed) So proud! TWICE: Qognify is a Finalist for Two Security & Fire Excellence Awards 2017 https://t.co/jPtiHZpNqH Hagar Lev (@hagarlev) September 26, 2017 Security Partnering Initiative of the Year Andrews International with Kings Cross Belfast City Centre Management with Retail Crimewatch CBES/Edesix in partnership with Asda with Body Worn Video System Chroma Vision with Westfield London CornerStone GRG with Google FGH Security with Long Term Brand Contribution iNCENTIVE fm with Bluewater Jaguar Land Rover Corporate Security with GMS Security Services SafetyNet Security Group with Leamington Student Street Marshal Scheme Wilson James with Santander Wilson James with Tate Galleries Security Project or Installation of the Year 2020 Vision Systems with the Yorkshire Seabird Centre, RSPB Bempton Cliffs Axis Communications video monitoring system at Chester Zoo installed by NW Systems Carlisle Support Services with Work-IT for The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust CBRE Global Workplace Solutions and the Post Office with Modernising the Post Office (Security Systems) G4S with East Midlands Airport Refurbishment Project Meesons Speed Gate Installation at 55 Colmore Row, Birmingham Panasonic Business with Rethinking CCTV in Regensburg Case Study Qognify with Gatwick Airport Integrated Security SECOM with Co-op iCCTV Sunstone IP Systems with Solar IP CCTV System (SICS) Swift Fire & Security Domestic sprinkler Installation at Nottingham City Homes Springhead and Holwood Court Syntinex with Tinsley House, Gatwick Universal Security Systems with the GHERKIN Security Training Initiative of the Year Active Response Security Services with Security Awareness Programme Banham Academy with Traineeship and Apprenticeship Programme Chris Lewis Fire and Security with Core Values Training CIS Security Academy Development Journey Croma Vigilant with Critical Incident Management Training Crystal Peaks Shopping Mall and Retail Park with Continuous Improvement Houses of Parliament with Conflict Resolution Training ICTS UK & IRELAND with Charter Management Institute programme (CMI) Layer 8 with Layer 8 Toolkit Milestone Systems Learning & Performance Program Pilgrims Group with Lifesafe Training Programme Swift Fire & Security Culture of Compliance Small to Medium Security Installer of the Year 2020 Vision Systems Chris Lewis Fire & Security CSS Systems Lazerbeam Fire & Security Meesons A.I.

Security Engineering Sunstone IP Systems Taylor Technology Systems Tyneside Security The Inspiration in HR Award Axis Group & The Axis Academy CIS Security Securitas Ward Security Wilson James We are over the moon to announce that we are shortlisted for TWO entries in the Security & Fire Excellence Awards 2017! @SecurityXAwards pic.twitter.com/9eAmnKC8cm Lazerbeam F&S (@LazerbeamF_S) September 26, 2017 Related Topics Young professionals: Share your fire-safety ideas and jumpstart your career (and maybe win a prize) Benchmark Innovation Awards 2017: winners revealed Mike Tennent of Tavcom Training wins posthumous industry contribution award all winners revealed

Young professionals: Share your fire-safety ideas and jumpstart your career (and maybe win a prize)

INSTITUTE OF FIRE SAFETY MANAGERS Look around at any fire safety event aimed at the professionals and you will see a raft of experienced heads; you can tell that by the grey hair and, indeed, the lack of hair! It s a lot harder to spot the future fire safety expert; the ones just starting out on the journey that the older generation have travelled along. A recent article on IFSEC Global highlighted the skills shortage in fire systems engineering but that can be said of many fire disciplines too: fire risk assessors, fire engineers, fire safety managers and trainers.

The IFSM (Institute of Fire Safety Managers) council have young professionals on their radar, and below are some ideas and initiatives they would like to introduce, aimed directly at supporting the young and student members of the IFSM and wider fire safety community. Who are young professionals? Those in their teens, 20s and early 30s. Career pathways, mentor support and career opportunities One thing is obvious in the fire community: the career path the Fire and Rescue Service has provided for many senior figures in UK fire today. However, that system of progressing through the fire service isn t for everyone. Indeed, the flow of well-trained and experienced fire safety professionals leaving the service to work in the private sector has slowed down. Many other career paths into fire safety are less clearly defined, especially in the fields of fire-risk assessment and fire-risk management. A stepping stone! The IFSM is working with various organisations on a fire-safety apprenticeship scheme.

It s early days at the moment, but having a structured foundation course delivered on an academic basis will undoubtedly encourage young people to make fire safety a career choice. We all need a helping hand! When you work in an industry where the answer to any question is it depends , there will always be times when you need the help of a wise old head or even just a second opinion on something. For those with an established network there is always a peer at the end of a phone or email who can be a sounding board. Even those with many years under their belt need to chat through tricky problems. The IFSM Council and, hopefully, senior members of the institute will be available as mentors. Young professionals and student s members can approach the institute and have a mentor assigned to them. They will give you a helping hand or a second opinion, within reason and if they can! Membership has its free privileges!

We will continue to engage with the fire universities in the UK and recruit as many student members as we can. Membership for full-time students is free and Lloyd and Simon are embarking on a virtual and physical tour of universities in the UK to try and sign up new and existing students. They will be starting in September this year, with an aim of lowering the average membership age significantly. Students will enjoy the benefits of IFSM membership and hopefully become lifelong members. This is me! How can employers find and recruit new and talented young professionals? We would like to feature graduates and young professionals in the institute s quarterly magazine, Daedalus, in a series of interviews. The articles will be a broad look at the individual both professionally and personally in an attempt to introduce the person to as wide a community as possible. If you are, or know of, a young professional, please get in touch with us at the foot of this article.

That s New!

200 award for the most original and thought-provoking article. We are looking for an original thinker, someone with a new approach to fire and fire safety, a fresh pair of eyes looking at the sector and sector-specific issues. Tell us about what ideas, theories or strategies you can see working.

We are looking for 250 to 1,000 words on anything fire related We will print the best ones in Daedalus (The Institute s newsletter) and present the award to our winner at our AGM in Manchester on 10 October. This competition is open to members and non-member students and young professionals. See below for contact details.

Lloyd Morgan: [email protected] Simon Ince: [email protected]

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Study method Online, self-paced Duration 10 Hours

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Study method Online, self-paced Duration 50 Hours

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Study method Online, self-paced Duration 90 Hours

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Study method Online, self-paced Duration 150 Hours, Part-time

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Study method Online, self-paced Duration 20 Hours

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