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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.

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Majority of renters left in dark on basic fire safety measures

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This is especially important in high rise buildings, houses of multiple occupancy and other types of shared sleeping accommodation. Checking fire doors should be part of a regular fire risk assessment. This should examine all aspects of fire safety management, including active and passive fire protection measures, signage, means of escape and the specific fire plan procedures. There needs to be crystal clarity about the Responsible Person and a total transformation of attitude towards fire safety of tenants in rented accommodation. Our focus for Fire Door Safety Week in this pivotal year is to ensure all landlords and tenants have the knowledge and resources they need to stay safe. Life-changing role of fire doors Dany Cotton, London Fire Commissioner who oversaw the fire and rescue service s response at Grenfell Tower, said: London Fire Brigade fully supports Fire Door Safety Week. This is an important campaign which drives home the potentially life-saving role that fire doors play in buildings, especially residential buildings such as tower blocks. It is extremely concerning that the lives of the public and our firefighters are still being put at risk by poorly maintained fire doors and people acting irresponsibly by removing self closers or by keeping doors wedged open. Good fire doors help stop fires from spreading.

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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.

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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

Cowboy operators beware: Certification scheme breaks new ground

A register of competent installers and maintainers of electronic security and fire systems was launched recently. Endorsed by the BSIA, SSAIB, SIRA (a Dubai security regulator) and Tavcom Training, the CTSP Register includes individuals who have demonstrated that they have at least a year s experience and are suitably qualified in the disciplines including Video Surveillance Systems (CCTV), access control and fire, intrusion and hold-up alarm systems they claim to provide services in. The initiative, it is hoped, will help customers find trustworthy, suitably qualified operators and undermine cowboy traders.

But buyers of security installation or integration services can already filter prospects down to those certified by the SSAIB or NSI so what problem is the new certification solving? Where the CTSP Register breaks new ground is that individuals, not their employers, are certified. This makes it easier for security firms to recruit competent installers, in turn further reassuring their customers. Long bemoaned across the industry, the previous accreditation vacuum for individual installers has arguably allowed incompetent or unscrupulous traders to flourish. Installers and integrators are being urged to become Certified Technical Security Professionals (CTSP) to demonstrate their bona fides and enjoy greater exposure to potential customers. Registrants, whose presence on the register is subject to an ethics code and disciplinary process, can adorn their business cards, vehicle and marketing materials with the CTSP insignia. There is clear evidence many installation and maintenance jobs are often subcontracted, leading to unnecessary risks and potential claims. David Gill, MD, Linx International Group In a widely shared article published by IFSEC Global last November, Michael Lines, a senior consultant for security integrations, said that increasingly, suppliers who provide certification on their products also certify individuals. They often accept the transfer of individuals from one installer company to another.

Those of us who are reputable companies accept this even if it does mean the possibility of investing in training an individual only for them to move on after the event. Although, in real terms, this offers a stronger incentive to both parties to ensure satisfaction in the workplace and, hence, long-term staff retention. Equal footing Fast forward a year and Lines would surely back the principles underpinning the new register. If individual, independent installers had to be both accredited and certified, it would help the industry s overall professional standing, he wrote. It would help accredited businesses compete on an equal footing. It could also tie in with insurance, much as CORGI has achieved in the gas equipment installation business. David Gill, managing director of the Linx International Group, which owns CTSP backer Tavcom Training, has reflected on the problems that gave rise to the scheme: There was a lot of unrest about the lack of standards, he told Security Buyer in a recent interview. You can have a gold standard manufacturer, and a gold standard security system but there is no assurance for the end user that the installer of that system is qualified. There is clear evidence many installation and maintenance jobs are often subcontracted, leading to unnecessary risks and potential claims.

He hopes that, ultimately, the CTSP will reach critical mass and become the de facto gold standard for installer competence. I hope in time, that with strong industry backing, procurement managers seeking tenders for security systems will automatically specify that installation and maintenance work must be conducted by a registered CTSP technician. The CTSP Register is modelled on the framework used by the Register of Chartered Security Professionals the equivalent register for heads of security and other end users . I have personally experienced as a chartered security professional heightened respect from industry colleagues, members of other chartered professionals, clients and even the courts, Gill told Security Buyer. Gill also mentioned plans for networking opportunities, workshops, webinars, and possibly career advice related to the CTSP. Think about it: you wouldn t think of using a gas fitter who wasn t on the Gas Safe Register. Paul Tennant, group sales director, Tavcom Training Speaking to Professional Installer magazine, Tavcom group sales director Paul Tennant contrasts the existing status quo with the situation in the gas fitting trade. Think about it: you wouldn t think of using a gas fitter that wasn t on the Gas Safe Register (formerly CORGI). Security systems which fail due to incorrect installation, or substandard maintenance can result in major consequences for those responsible (for companies and directors), extending to criminal charges, litigation, untold reputational damage.

He also implies that the rapid evolution of technology is leaving many installers behind. Maintaining CTSP accreditation year after year would reassure customers that they are keeping pace with change, he suggests. These security systems (including fire detection) have advanced beyond all recognition in the last decade .. In response to this huge change in the market and in the absence of any meaningful regulation or code of conduct governing installers and maintenance technicians, a professional register has never been more necessary. Criteria Installers and integrators must demonstrate a minimum of 12 months practical experience and a minimum level 3 qualification such as a BTEC/City & Guilds or equivalent in one or more technical disciplines in order to gain certification. Two character references and no criminal convictions for dishonesty, assault or sexual crimes are also prerequisites. Registrants are required to maintain CPD (continual professional development) too. The CTSP Register, which charges a 50 annual fee to registrants, is now available online. I think this is a fantastic idea for the industry and for the individuals, said Lee Dowling, at installation firm West London Security.

Being able to show your professional skill set to employers and customers themselves will give them much greater confidence in you. Having been in the industry for nearly 10 years I have certainly come across some dreadful levels of workmanship which certainly doesn t match the standards required. Becoming a CTSP will certainly start filtering out the rough from the smooth and start bringing the level of installation work up to where standards should be. Said David Wilkinson, BSIA s director of technical services: We are very pleased to see this innovative register that recognises many of our security systems members. In such a challenging technical environment, it is more important than ever to demonstrate the professionalism of the personnel that represent our market sector. Free Download: The key to mitigating cybersecurity risks Exploiting IoT technology without creating cybersecurity vulnerabilities is one of the defining challenges in today s security landscape. This report will help you to see why third parties should adhere to secure by design principles and why the necessary convergence of IT and security departments demands a holistic approach .

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Time running out to book place on FIA seminars on update to BS 5839-1:2017

FALSE ALARMS The Fire Industry Association (FIA) is holding four seminars examining the recent update to BS 5839-1:2017, which relates to fire detection and fire alarm systems for buildings. An extra date was added due to the events popularity, with two seminars already fully booked. Published on 1 September the update introduces changes influenced by the findings of a research project called Live investigations of false fire alarms , carried out by BRE in partnership with the FIA.

The research made 36 recommendations for reducing false alarms. Following publication of the report in early 2016, the FIA s Fire Detection and Alarm Council undertook their own research project to incorporate the recommendations into related fire standards. The seminars, which are fully CPD accredited, are free to attend. The FIA recommends booking as early as possible as places are limited and are being booked up fast. Presentation dates/locations: 4 Oct, FIM Expo, Glasgow Science Centre (Will Lloyd) (LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE register for FIM Expo to guarantee entry to the seminar) 5 Oct, FIA office, Hampton, South West London (Don Scott) morning session (FULLY BOOKED) 5 Oct, FIA office, Hampton, South West London (Don Scott) afternoon session (FULLY BOOKED) 13 Oct, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Winsford (Will Lloyd) (LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE) To book your place, visit the FIA website and click events .

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