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Engineers of Tomorrow 2017 winners revealed

For those who missed the event, IFSEC Global is delighted to reveal the heat winners of the 19th annual Engineers of Tomorrow competition, which takes place annually at IFSEC International. The contest pits more than 50 young engineers against each other in an installation challenge taking place across three days at London ExCeL. Competitors have 90 minutes in which to install and find faults with a security system.

Overall heat winners and their employers will be invited to the Security & Fire Excellence Awards, taking place in November. Heat winners: Day one winners: Corrie Stewart and Martin Hannaway , New College Lanarkshire Day two heat winners: Danny Harding and Max Wheeler, Chubb Fire & Security Day three heat winners: Sean Reynolds and Josh Williams, Trinity Fire and Security Systems Day one heat winners: Corrie Stewart and Martin Hannaway, New College Lanarkshire Day two heat winners: Danny Harding and Max Wheeler, Chubb Fire & Security Day three heat winners: Sean Reynolds and Josh Williams, Trinity Fire and Security Systems Sponsored by CSL DualCom, NSI, SSAIB and Skills for Security the competition serves as a platform through which apprentices and engineers not only burnish their credentials as installers/engineers but help to raise the profile of their employers too. Launched 18 years ago by Skills For Security (then the Security Industry Training Organisation) as the IFSEC Apprentice Challenge the Engineers of Tomorrow competition gave rise to the 100 in 100 initiative six years ago. Now called Apprentices for Fire and Security this initiative targets the placement of 100 security apprentices in 100 days. Apprentices for Fire and Security, which was co-founded by Skills for Security and CSL DualCom group managing director Simon Banks, has already helped launch the careers of more than 3,000 young apprentices. The winners also earn NVQ portfolio credits. Entries are now open for 2018. embedded content Free download: The video surveillance report 2017 Sponsored by IDIS The Video Surveillance Report 2017 covers all things video surveillance based on a poll of hundreds of security professionals. Specifically looking at topics such as open platforms, 4K, low-light cameras, video analytics, warranties and this year due to the growing threat posed, the cybersecurity landscape.

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Why has a life-changing industry been ignored?

Private Eye s FIREX cartoon

Britain s leading satirical magazine reveals conversations overheard at FIREX International following the fire at Grenfell Tower. Asking Why has a life-chaning industry been ignored , the cartoon provides is a cross-section of industry opinion about Grenfell and its causes. Some of the anonymous quotations from visitors and exhibitors include: We push for adequate regulations and are basically told as long as we re only killing 300 people a year in ones and twos they won t happen Austerity hasn t decided not to review approved document B, it s been the de-regulatory environment at the DCLG of the last 30 years You do an inspection and say what s not right but you re dealing with so many levels of command, each squeezed of funds, that eventually they don t do anything.

The cartoon is part of a feature chronicling how residents of Grenfell have been let down by Kensington & Chelsea Council, the Homes and Communities Agency and building regulations. Read more in the latest issue of Private Eye. Visit FIREX International for cutting-edge solutions, essential knowledge and the ability to grow your business by getting direct access to the whole fire safety industry. It is the perfect place to get your product in front of thousands of buyers, across a multitude of featured areas. From the brand new Drone Zone, the ARC Village, ASFP Passive Protection Zone, the Engineers of Tomorrow competition and more, it s all under one roof so you ll never miss a beat.

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Watch: NSI CEO Richard Jenkins on IFSEC TV

IFseC 2017 Watch Richard Jenkins, CEO of the National Security Inspectorate (NSI), speak to IFSEC TV during IFSEC 2017, which took place at London ExCeL. Watch more videos from IFSEC 2017 here . embedded content Richard Jenkins also championed the Engineers of Tomorrow competition, which the NSI sponsors.

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Watch: Marioff fire protection with HI-FOG Water Mist on FIREX TV

Watch Ryan Conaghan, sales director at Marioff, interviewed on FIREX TV during FIREX 2017. HI-FOG is a world leading fire protection system that accomplishes fire suppression with water mist. embedded content Visit FIREX International for cutting-edge solutions, essential knowledge and the ability to grow your business by getting direct access to the whole fire safety industry.

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Sprinkler retrofits can be done inexpensively without moving residents out: BAFSA

Grenfell fire While it has been the view of many fire safety professionals that automatic fire suppression systems can supplement existing fire safety provision in high rise buildings, the underuse of sprinkler systems is in question following the Grenfell tower block fire. Since 2012 the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association (BAFSA) in collaboration with the UK fire and rescue services have invited local authorities, central government and housing associations to numerous free-to-attend seminars that focus on protecting lives, high rise communities and properties from fire. According to BAFSA, around 100 blocks of the estimated 4,000 throughout the UK have been retrofitted as a direct result.

Safer High Rise Living the Callow Mount Sprinkler Retrofit Project is a report published by BAFSA in 2012, which shows that it is cost-effective and practical to retrofit automatic fire sprinklers in existing high-rise tower blocks built between 1950 and 1970. Pilot project A pilot project, sponsored by the sprinkler industry and overseen by BAFSA resulted in the successful installation of sprinklers in Callow Mount, a 1960s tower block in Sheffield. A key aim of the project was to determine the practicality of installing a complete system without residents having to move out during the refit. The 2012 report clearly demonstrated that it is possible to retrofit sprinklers into occupied, high-rise, social housing without evacuating residents and that these installations can be fast-tracked The sprinkler system installation took less than four weeks to complete. The approach adopted demonstrated how significant improvements in life and building safety can be achieved with minimal disruption by retrofitting an automatic fire suppression system. The report reviews the identification of risks associated with high rise blocks, direct and indirect consequences of fire in-rise residential premises, the relevant recommendations in current fire safety legislation and guidance documents and looks at research into the use of sprinklers in residential and domestic premises. The 2012 report clearly demonstrated that it is possible to retrofit sprinklers into occupied, high-rise, social housing without evacuating residents and that these installations can be fast-tracked. It also found that tenants and residents feel safer knowing they are better protected with a sprinkler system in place and that the potential trauma and disruption to individuals and communities following a fire would be reduced. According to the report, retrofitting sprinklers as part of a major refurbishment project would form only a small part of the overall costs, while the retrofit design and installation can be adapted for high-rise blocks with different layouts.

The final cost of the project in 2012 produced an average cost per one bedroomed flat of just 1,148.63, which included the provision of sprinklers in utility rooms, common areas, bin stores and an office. During the inquest into the Lakanal House fire in 2009, Judge Frances Kirkham said the evidence indicated that retrofitting of sprinkler systems in high-rise residential buildings might now be possible at lower cost than had previously been thought to be the case, and with modest disruption to residents. Visit FIREX International for cutting-edge solutions, essential knowledge and the ability to grow your business by getting direct access to the whole fire safety industry. It is the perfect place to get your product in front of thousands of buyers, across a multitude of featured areas. From the brand new Drone Zone, the ARC Village, ASFP Passive Protection Zone, the Engineers of Tomorrow competition and more, it s all under one roof so you ll never miss a beat.

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Watch: Fire Protection Association discusses the Grenfell fire with FIREX TV

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London Fire Brigade: Every day we see unsuitable fire risk assessments

FIREX 2017 Andy Jack, Head of Regulatory Enforcement at London Fire Brigade spoke to a packed audience at FIREX 2017 about the inadequate fire risk assessments he sees every day of the week . Taking pains to mention that he is not commenting on Grenfell Tower, which is currently under criminal investigation, Andy Jack spelled out the role of responsible persons in fire risk assessment. It is twenty years since fire risk assessment came in and ten years since reg 38 (or 16B) packs were introduced but has it made any difference?

he asked the audience. Responsible for what? The law spells out the needs for responsible persons, but responsible for what ? Article 9 from the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 explains that: The responsible person must make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to which relevant persons are exposed for the purpose of identifying the measures they need to take to comply with the requirements and prohibitions imposed on them by the Order. However the law doesn t explain what responsible persons are responsible for and the suitable and sufficient assessment in article 9 means, very broad said Andy. Are these fire risk assessments suitable and sufficient? Andy Jack explained a number of assessments that, as an enforcer, he sees coming across his desk every day There are many cases where the fire risk assessor did not go to all parts of the building e.g. a locked manager s office or false ceilings, leaving areas of the building unchecked.It is common for assessors to ignore basements or top floors. Excuses can range from difficulty accessing the building to safety, but these things are are simply wrong.

In other cases, Andy sees assessors completely misconstruing what building is made of The assessment tells us that the premises are of brick and concrete constructuion, when it s actually made from timber frame with studwork. Too often Fire Information Packs don t get passed to the fire risk assessor who is missing out on a whole wealth of information . What have London Fire Brigade have learned? It is clear there is an inconsistent views on who is responsible and liable for fire risk assessments but you can t get rid of the duty, you can t saw it s nothing to do with you, or to mitigate your responsibility . Co-operation and co-ordination between the responsible person and their fire risk assessor is often is not all it might be and causing problems. Jack s advice to the industry is: Get co-operation working to get a better fire risk assessment, reduce risk to relevant persons, and reduce risk of litigation from the likes of me. I d rather I didn t have to do it at all, to be honest. There are plenty of things I d much rather do with my time than litigating. Visit FIREX International for cutting-edge solutions, essential knowledge and the ability to grow your business by getting direct access to the whole fire safety industry.

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Grenfell fire presentations added to FIREX 2017 programme

FIREX 2017 Two seminars examining the Grenfell tower tragedy have been added to the FIREX Expertise & Guidance Theatre. Details are as follows: Tuesday 20 June, 12.00-12.50 Grenfell Tower: Why building regulations need to be reviewed Speakers: Steve Seaber British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association Tom Roche Fire Sector Federation Built Environment Issues & Affairs Workstream Chair Martin Harvey Fire Industry Association Niall Rowan Association for Specialist Fire Protection Stephen MacKenzie International Fire Risk, Security Aspects and Emergency Planning Independent Consultant Thursday 22 June, 15.00-15.50 Reflections on the FIREX community s reactions to Grenfell Tower Speakers: Stephen MacKenzie, International Fire Risk, Security Aspects and Emergency Planning Independent Consultant Plus a panel of senior industry stakeholders For the second session, which is the final seminar of FIREX 2017, the audience will be asked to write down their 5-10 key priorities for the fire sector. IFSEC Global will collate the results, write a feature and send it to the public enquiry.

There will also be a drop-in session in the FPA Infozone where people can ask the experts about anything about the Grenfell fire and fire safety in general. This runs on Thursday 22 June between 12.00-14.00. View the full FIREX agenda here. FIREX International takes place between 20-22 June 2017 at London ExCeL. Get your free badge now. Visit FIREX International for cutting-edge solutions, essential knowledge and the ability to grow your business by getting direct access to the whole fire safety industry. It is the perfect place to get your product in front of thousands of buyers, across a multitude of featured areas.

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Detector testers to launch innovative new smoke detector tester at FIREX 2017

FIREX preview Detectortesters is unveiling Solo 365, a new smoke detector tester, at FIREX 2017. Solo 365 is lighter, quicker to test, compatible with a wider range of applications and almost impossible to over-apply, says the Hertfordshire-based company. A proximity sensor within the test cup triggers the generation of smoke by the auto-start feature, eliminating the risk of contamination and minimising smoke wastage.

And a new, flexible head and slimline design means Solo 365 can more easily access tight spaces and test more detectors. Responding to feedback from customers Detectortesters has added an auto LED torch for testing in dark areas. The torch automatically switches on when light levels drop. In common with other Detectortesters products, Solo 365 has been approved by leading detector manufacturers and is fully compliant with the latest standards and regulations. Detectortesters (AKA No Climb Products Ltd) has more than three decades experience in the design and manufacture of detector test equipment. It is also launching new aerosol cans which comply with forthcoming regulations affecting the use of some pressurised smoke aerosols for use in the Solo 330 dispenser. And the company is introducing a new Urban range of kit pitched at mobile engineers working on large sites and built-up areas. Solo 365 will be available later this month and will be the main focus of the Detectortesters stand atFIREX International. FIREX International takes place between 20-22 June 2017 at London ExCeL.

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Fire doorsets: How do we know that the fire safety measures we put in place are compliant?

Gerda As a responsible person under the RR(FS)O, we want to know that the fire safety measures we put in place are compliant, perform and are durable. Furthermore we want to show that we have done our homework accordingly. This paper highlights how this can be achieved with the focus on fire doorsets.

Fire doorsets are an integral part of compartmentation in buildings. Legislation and guidance point towards designed and fully tested doorsets: Replacement with suitable, purpose-designed and tested doorset constructions is always preferable A fire doorset s function may differ dependent on the type of doorset. A flat entrance doorset will require different test standards to that of a cross corridor doorset. For the housing provider/specifier it is important to check the test report data be it fire resistance (EN1634-1/BS476 pt 22), smoke control (EN1634-3 / BS476 pt 31) security (PAS24 or similar with BS6375) , acoustics (EN ISO 10140-2) thermal insulation (EN ISO 10077) and so on. Performance tests Do ensure that the different performance tests correlate to the same design, composition and construction for the doorset. The installation of a fire doorset impacts on whether the doorset will actually perform as designed in the event of a fire. By choosing a certified installer, through a recognised body such as BM Trada, Firas, or LPCB and working with the manufacturer s instructions, this should ensure that the work is carried out properly. Assuming we have properly checked the fire doorset test report data and certification this can be logged. However, how do we verify and document that the installation is compliant?

Often at sign-off the work is complete and the finished item is visible only. Technology is now available with image based evidence for installation stages specific to a given doorset. This not only demonstrates compliance, it also provides an audit trail. Lower costs Under the RR(FS)O there is a requirement to maintain fire doorsets and ensure they are in good repair (section 38.1) The same technology can document on-going maintenance for the doorset as well as any unscheduled repairs needing to be carried out. This translates through to lower service provision costs for the building provider, whilst future-proofing the investment. Available to use with a smart enabled phone or tablet device it is entirely mobile with a downloadable app. Tailored to the specific doorset, it provides the DNA and full history of any changes or maintenance. Particularly beneficial in refurbishment, where doorset sizes and functionality may differ, all dimensions, components and important reference information is stored with that doorset s unique code and location. This assists the building provider in the fast identification and replacement of parts where needed all of which is a necessity for fire doorsets.

The Gerda G Smart system brings auditable compliance to all Gerda fire doorset ranges. It documents effective real-time installation and maintenance of fire doorsets and provides the DNA and life history of the doorset. We see that the fire safety measures fire doorsets can offer built-in compliance for asset management. FIREX International takes place between 20-22 June 2017 at London ExCeL. Gerda is exhibiting on stand E120. Get your free badge now. Visit FIREX International for cutting-edge solutions, essential knowledge and the ability to grow your business by getting direct access to the whole fire safety industry. It is the perfect place to get your product in front of thousands of buyers, across a multitude of featured areas. From the brand new Drone Zone, the ARC Village, ASFP Passive Protection Zone, the Engineers of Tomorrow competition and more, it s all under one roof so you ll never miss a beat.

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