Housing arsonists and reporting 50 fires a week yet HM Prison Service fails dismally on fire safety

The Grenfell disaster prompted the editor of The Prisons Handbook for England and Wales to issue a freedom of information request to the organisation responsible for fire safety in prisons. What was sent in response he found deeply troubling . Writing for, Mark Leech said the issue of fire safety had never really crossed my mind during his 20 years in the role until the Grenfell inferno unfolded.

The fat that fire safety is not mentioned in any inspection report from HM Inspectorate of Prisons augured badly as he began his research. The expectations document on which all prison inspections are based doesn t mention the word fire once, he said. The documents returned to Leech revealed that every single CPFIG inspection conducted in the year to June 2017 there were 19 in total had failed statutory fire safety tests and resulted in non-compliance orders. In some cases Statutory Enforcement Notices were then issued to prison governors who failed to take action within the 28-day period stipulated. Governors have to prioritise staff and bluntly, when it comes to unlocking prisoners for medication, food or visits, or conducting fire safety checks, the latter doesn t even come near the top of the list. Mark Leech, editor, Prisons Handbook for England and Wales There were nearly 50 fires a week 2,580 in total in England and Wales in 2016, Parliament heard in March. Fire safety in prisons is the responsibility of the Crown Properties Fire Inspection Group (CPFIG), based in the Home Office. It was to CPFIG that Leech submitted his freedom of information request, asking for copies of all CPFIG fire safety inspection reports on prison and young offender establishments carried out in the last 12 months. Problems found at a prison in Bristol included: Inadequate personal emergency evacuation plans Ignition sources discovered too close to combustible materials Ventilation ductwork between cells did not adequately protect against the spread of fire Emergency doors were difficult to open A lack of water misting equipment Multiple shortcomings Seizing on the information disclosed to Leech, The Chronicle has reported that fire inspectors have uncovered multiple shortcomings in fire safety measures at HMP Northumberland.

Inspectors identified inadequate measures to control the risk of fire and smoke spreading within common areas and staff have not been given enough training about how to deal with a fire in a cell. More than 83,000 men and women are currently incarcerated in UK prisons, which equates to 148.3 prisoners per 100,000 people more than three times that of the Netherlands and much higher than Spain (137.9), France (98.3), Italy (86.4) and Germany (77.4). Despite the soaring prison population, 900m has been slashed from the prison budget since 2010. Speaking to the Independent in the wake of his disclosures, Leech said: You ve got criminals including arsonists, but also many people with mental health problems. In that atmosphere, governors have to prioritise staff and bluntly, when it comes to unlocking prisoners for medication, food or visits, or conducting fire safety checks, the latter doesn t even come near the top of the list. Such shortcomings would not be tolerated in any other place than in prisons, he added. It is obvious from the shocking reports that I have uncovered that the theory and practice are light-years apart. Continuing Crown Immunity from prosecution for failures in places which have 50 fires a week and which, by necessity detain those with mental health problems and convictions for arson, must now surely end it is simply inexplicable in this day and age. A Prison Services spokesperson said: We take fire safety extremely seriously.

All nineteen prisons have undertaken immediate action to address the recommendations made by the inspection group. Every single prison across the estate has a mandatory annual fire risk assessment, carried out by a fire safety specialist, and individual fire strategies in place which are closely monitored. Cladding The Ministry of Justice insists that none of its prisons have the type of cladding believed to have been used at Grenfell Tower. In 2015, the National Offender Management Service published Fire Safety in Prison Establishments , which outlines the requirements on the Responsible Person under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 with regards to providing a fire safety compliant environment in Public Sector Prisons. In July last year, Clive Webster, a senior fire consultant from BB7, wrote on IFSEC Global that the prison service would benefit from formalising its fire-risk-management system using PAS 7: 2013 Fire Risk Management System Specification . Published in 2013, PAS 7: 2013 Fire Risk Management System Specification emerged from a steering group that included representatives from CFOA, The Institution of Fire Engineers, The Fire Sector Federation and the Association of British Insurers. Using PAS 7 2013 it is possible to improve fire safety while achieving process improvements and reducing the cost of compliance overtime, wrote Webster.

At a time when purse strings have never been tighter and the need to improve fire safety has never been so high on the agenda, PAS 7 could provide the solution to the problems highlighted by the media.

PAS 7 presents requirements for an organisational fire risk management system (FRMS), which can be applied in organizations operating across multiple sites, separate management divisions within an organization, or individual premises within a single entity, Ben Bradford, MD of BB7, wrote in 2014.

MOBOTIX completes Mx6 6MP camera series with new indoor models

product launch MOBOTIX has added new indoor models c26, i26, p26 and v26 to the Mx6 6MP camera line. The German surveillance brand says it marks the completion of the Mx6 series, which it launched earlier in the year. The Mx6 series is a major departure for MOBOTIX as it accommodates the video compression industry standard H.264 for the first time.

Features (across all four models) Processor delivers up to twice as many images per second, at the same resolution, as previous models Video data simultaneously offered in three formats (MxPEG, MJPEG and H.264), as well as a range of resolutions RTSP/multicast enhances flexibility Intelligent motion detection within camera affords spare capacity for additional software applications Available with more powerful CPU H.264 encoder New processor architecture has boosted frame rate and capacity to capture rapid movement Video stream can be displayed on multiple clients simultaneously without compromising frame rate H.264 compression standard format available on MOBOTIX cameras for the first time Users can toggle between high image quality with MxPEG and where video transmission and camera integration is problematic the lower quality industry standard Basic ONVIF functions offered 6-megapixel moonlight sensors Low light performance of > 1 Lux How the models compare c26 is the smallest and lightest MOBOTIX 360 camera yet: 12cm diameter and 200 grams weight. Therefore effective for rapid ceiling mounting in suspended ceilings i26 is also compact and discrete, so suited to corresponding wall mounting. Tilt angle of 15 means the camera can get the kind of complete coverage that would otherwise need four cameras p26 offers flexibility during installation thanks to manual swivel and tilt functions. And 90 lens means total room coverage can be achieved from a corner position v26 is the first vandalism-proof indoor camera to offer all MOBOTIX functions. On-wall audio set and vandalism sets provide robust protection. Mobotix says We will continue to remain true to our decentralized concept storing maximum intelligence in a camera and thereby offer solutions that go above and beyond traditional applications, said MOBOTIX CTO Dr Oliver Gabel. At the same time, we are open to generally used technologies such as H.264 and participation in standard forums such as ONVIF. We do not consider these two parts of our approach to be in conflict with each other; instead, they help our range prepare for the future and stay solution-oriented. About MOBOTIX MOBOTIX was founded in Germany in 1999.

The German IP camera and software specialists has made a name for itself developing the first decentralised IP camera and supplying the Mount Everest webcam. Contrary to popular perception as a hardware provider, the company sees itself as a software specialist with in-house hardware development of digital, high-resolution and network-based video security. It produces complete systems using a single source. 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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Cybersecurity, open platforms, 4K, low-light cameras, video analytics and warranties The Video Surveillance Report 2017 builds on the success of two previous reports in 2015 and 2016 on the same subject also sponsored, like this report, by global surveillance leader IDIS, the largest manufacturer in South Korea. This time round there was one subject in particular that we d have been neglectful to ignore: cybersecurity. Integration with other buildings systems, a spate of breaches including the hijacking of network cameras during the 2017 presidential inauguration and the spectre of more punitive fines for data breaches under the forthcoming EU data protection law (the GDPR), is sharpening minds across the supply chain as vendors, installers and security professionals scramble to strengthen their cyber defences.

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Fire alarm and detection qualifications: FIA reveals more details on pioneering training

skills crisis The FIA, in conjunction with the new awarding organisation for the fire industry, the FIA AO, is going to be releasing not one, but four new formal qualifications in fire detection and alarm systems later this summer. The new qualifications in fire detection and alarm systems will be officially launched at FIREX this year (20-22 nd June, ExCel, London). There will be a range of seminars and workshops to help you understand more about what is actually involved, as well as a large FIA networking bar, where you will be able to meet with FIA staff and ask questions 1:1 (over a beverage, if you like).

But before we talk about the actual content of the qualifications themselves what actually is the FIA AO? The FIA AO (Fire Industry Association Awarding Organisation) is a nationally regulated organisation that is externally quality assured by OFQUAL, QIW and CCEA specifically for the purpose of setting qualifications. The same regulators are responsible for the standards adhered to by the awarding bodies of GCSE s, A Levels and vocational qualifications studied through schools and colleges nationwide. Therefore, learners and business owners looking to embark on the new qualification pathway can be assured of the quality mark of the new qualifications and that the qualifications on offer are validated and properly approved with the relevant government authorised qualification bodies. Ian Gurling, Manager to the new FIA AO, explained how the qualifications were initialised: To get the qualifications off the ground, we started off with gaining recognition for the FIA with the regulators to be an awarding body an awarding organisation as they call us to essentially set up a new company within the FIA. The regulators wanted us to set it up outside of the FIA with its own offices, but I managed to persuade them through proving our integrity, and our corporate governance, that we could do this within the organisation and still have a training arm as well. Ian Gurling of the FIA Composition of the courses As for the qualifications themselves, the FIA AO has developed four qualifications each for the job roles of installer, maintainer, designer, and commissioner of fire detection and alarm systems. Each qualification is made up of four units, all of which have to have a pass recorded against them in order to achieve the qualification. The first unit is a foundation unit, which is covers the common aspects of fire safety across all four roles including legislation and guidance, technology and how they relate to each other.

we ve also tailored them to account for regional variations so if you re in Ireland for example we include IS 3218, and so on and so forth for the various standards and requirements, explained Gurling. Once you ve completed the foundation you can complete the other units in any order you want. We have a Health & Safety unit, and an environmental unit so in that the environmental unit we re covering the environmental impact of a fire alarm system; for example, how to transport and handle ionisation detector heads how to handle gaseous systems if you re working on them in any way. We ve also got the role specific advanced unit for the design, install, maintain, and commission. Once you ve got all four units recorded as a pass, you ve got your qualification. So what level of detail do the qualifications go into and what sort of technical content can we expect? The qualifications call for an in-depth technical knowledge, so it s not just a simple matter of knowing BS5839 or IS 3128 or 7671 actually say (or any other number of standards on the syllabus for the qualifications) technicians will have to be able to apply that knowledge. So it s not just a matter of knowing them and being able to read them, it s understanding how to interpret them as well. The qualifications also explore many other areas such as legislation and the different technologies involved in a fire detection and alarm system.

How does a point detector work? How does a beam detector or an aspirating detector work? What are the effects of a sound alarm system? What about the difference between bells and sounders? Voice alarm how does that work? A lot of depth of knowledge is going to be involved in the qualifications, said Gurling. The implications of the system as it is attached to the fabric of a building how does it affect passive protection, fire stopping? How does it affect or is affected by evacuation strategies? All of that is brought out in the new qualifications.

embedded content Knowing why as well as what and how The difference here is that technicians will be able to develop professionally much further than before, because of the level of thinking required for the qualification. No longer will technicians simply be able to perform the various tasks that they need to carry out they will be able to use their knowledge of standards and legislation to know why certain things need to be done a certain way. No longer is it a case of knowing what to do it is 2017 and it is all about knowing why you re doing it. The important thing to note here is that the study required for the qualification is much wider and the examinations are set externally by the Awarding Organisation, so it will be impossible to teach to the test , meaning that candidates undertaking the exam must really have absorbed the knowledge and understanding in order to pass. Unlike during any other form of training, where assessments are just a test, the qualification examinations are a much more formal process. The benefit here is clear: a formal exam means that candidates must demonstrate not just that they can parrot out the information they have been given ad nauseum , but be able to analyse, apply, and answer the examination questions correctly. Hopefully, this will mean that technicians will be able to do the same once they are out working in the field, using their new knowledge and deeper understanding to analyse and solve problems. We ve developed a system now, where the formal examinations going to be conducted electronically, said Gurling. Learners are going to be provided with a tablet, and they re going to be asked to log-in to their own assessment paper online.

That assessment paper will then be conducted live and the learner will receive a pass/fail result at the end of it. That pass/fail result is provisional only on possible necessity that I need to investigate the conduct of the exam, in which case, learners will be notified. Otherwise, after 2 weeks, that result is confirmed. Other FIA training If you re wondering about other forms of training currently available from the FIA, and whether it is still relevant, be in no doubt that it absolutely still is as beneficial to technicians in the fire industry as it ever was. The existing FIA units are incredibly valuable, said Gurling. They serve the industry very very well and they remain just as relevant and current as they ever have done. Technicians undertaking current FIA training courses will still gain indispensable knowledge that will help them on the road to success, and whilst they might receive a certificate of completion, that unfortunately doesn t make them qualified technicians . This is a phrase that gets bandied around a lot within the fire industry, but as from the launch of the new qualifications, only those that have actually undertaken the qualifications and passed successfully will be able to use the above moniker as a badge of proficiency and professionalism. Current FIA training courses remain popular due to their high level of technical knowledge and recognition within the industry among employers and technicians across the board.

The standard is high and well respected but the qualifications go one step further, increasing the amount of content delivered, and the amount of time spent in the classroom developing that knowledge and understanding. From now on, a higher bar has been set for the industry to increase the level of professionalism throughout. However, if you re still wondering whether the new qualifications will be right for you, the FIA are exhibiting at FIREX International (20-22 nd ) June this year, with a full programme of seminars and workshops where you can listen to presentations about the new qualifications, pick up a brochure, or drop by the FIA s networking bar to ask FIA staff a few questions in an informal setting. For more information, go to the FIA website or find us on our brand-new Facebook page. 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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Lodge Service to showcase Lodgic intelligence network, which slashes loss prevention operating costs

IFSEC International 2017 The Lodgic intelligence network, developed by Lodge Service, will be demonstrated at this year s IFSEC show, taking place June 20-22 at London Excel. The network enables security, facilities and logistics managers to remotely monitor and control an extended range of systems across multiple sites. Applications are varied, ranging from conflict management systems to remotely monitor and protect staff from assault, to alarm response and heating, ventilation and air conditioning controls in buildings and offices.

The Lodgic intelligence network is designed to cut operational costs for loss prevention and facility management by up to 50%, claims Lodge Service, by reduce staffing levels on sites, for example, or by enabling efficiencies in managing round-the-clock appliances like lighting and refrigeration. The Alarm Receiving Centre can despatch and manage on-site security, repair and maintenance teams in response to alarms, protect sites and minimise operational downtime. Lodgic intelligence network allows alarm signal verification and reporting, as well as GPS tracking and remote access control. Most web-enabled systems or services can be supported by the network, with real-time monitoring and alerts sent to smartphones, tablets or other devices. The Lodgic team will be on hand at IFSEC to answer visitors questions about the technology, including connectivity, compatibility and testing questions. IFSEC International takes place between 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find them on stand C1030. Get your free badge now. Visit Europe s leading security event in June 2017 Visit IFSEC International for exclusive access to every security product on the market, live product demonstrations and networking with thousands of security professionals.

From access control and video surveillance to smart buildings, cyber, border control and so much more. It is the perfect way to keep up to date, protect your business and enhance your career in the security industry. Click here to register your place now to join us at London Excel on 20 22 June 2017.

Hanwha Techwin cameras and recording devices integrated with SureView Immix

Video Surveillance All Hanwha Techwin cameras and recording devices can now integrate with SureView s Immix CS central station software platform. The latest Wisenet IP camera series and NVRs, as well as analogue DVRs, can now work in conjunction with Immix CS, which is designed to make central alarm monitoring stations that offer video monitoring services more efficient. Immix Command Centre (CC), a PSIM software platform which monitor alarms, access control, audio and situational awareness systems, can also be integrated.

SureView Immix on multiple media Our engineers have worked closely with the SureView technical team to ensure a high level of integration which allows operators to control key features and configuration of our cameras and recording devices, said Tim Biddulph, head of product and solutions at Hanwha Techwin. Remote video response centres (RVRC) are now able to view the superb quality images captured by our cameras and domes. They can also utilise edge-based analytics on board our Wisenet IP network cameras as an effective event reporting tool and to reduce false alarms. Check out security solutions from Hanwha Techwin at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find Hanwha Techwin on stand G800.

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