UK s first fire door installation qualification is piloted

installer training The UK s first fire door installation qualification has been piloted with a view to delivering the full course in December 2017. Run by NPTC Group of Colleges it is the first qualification in the UK to specifically how to correctly specify and install fire doors. The pilot was delivered by NPTC Group of Colleges, a British Woodworking Federation (BWF) centre of excellence, on 4 and 5 October 2017 to a group of six advanced Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) modern apprentices.

Course content includes legislation in force pertaining to: Fitting of fire doors, fire door frames and linings Specification and fitting of fire door ironmongery Fitting of fire seals on doors and frames Inclusion of apertures and associated fire regulation related to fitting of glass Effects of use on fire door performance The qualification will be available in three formats: As an optional unit for apprentices Two to three-day course aimed at experienced tradespeople Four to five-day course for individuals and organisations that specialise in fitting and replacing fire doors The qualification is expected to link with the Construction Skills Certification Scheme, which is used for larger sites to demonstrate individual competencies. Fire doors are often the first line of defence for users of a building in the event of a fire and yet they remain a significant area of neglect. Hannah Mansell, spokesperson, Fire Door Safety Week I am delighted that Wales is once again leading the way on fire safety, said Ann Jones, Labour Assembly Member for the Vale of Clwyd. Practical thinking and effective collaboration is needed to drive much needed change and it is particularly encouraging to see the fire door industry and NPTC Group of Colleges working so closely with the British Woodworking Federation and wider industry to meet this challenge head on. I very much hope that this pilot is the start of a change process that embeds competence at the heart of construction, increasing skill, knowledge and reducing risk. Said Mark Dacey, chief executive of NPTC Group of Colleges: As NPTC Group of Colleges, we are proud to be a centre of excellence for BWF. The fire door training, a first in the UK, shows clearly the innovative approach the college takes, working with partners and the sector, to meet their needs. Coupled with our fire sprinkler courses, the college is in prime position to deliver quality training to make buildings safer and better equipped, to meet modern safety standards. Hannah Mansell, spokesperson for Fire Door Safety Week and BWF technical manager, said: Fire doors are often the first line of defence for users of a building in the event of a fire and yet they remain a significant area of neglect.

Subsequently, every year lives are lost or put at risk, and property unnecessarily damaged, because fire doors have been wrongly specified, fitted or maintained. There are many critical elements to get right in the construction of fire doors, and a host of regulations governing their manufacture, installation and maintenance. But a single mistake in specification, fitting or use can render a fire door ineffective or turn it into a death trap.

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ABLOY UK Six out of 10 people don t know how to identify a fire door, according to research by Fire Door Safety Week. To mark the event, which took place in September, Abloy UK created a video explaining why complying with fire door regulations is so important and not just for legal reasons. You can watch the video which also touches on fire escape doors and security doors, below.

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Global public safety and security market forecast to grow to $537 billion by 2024

In its latest Global Public Safety and Security Market report, NK Wood Research projects the market to grow from $234.57 billion in 2016 to $537.20 billion by 2024. The growth will occur at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.91% between 2016 and 2024. According to the report s findings people and enterprises face continuous threats from cyber criminals, natural disasters, and terrorist attacks, which has boosted demand for public safety and security products and services globally.

Governments are contributing to the growth in demand for these goods and services. The global public safety and security market is segmented by products/solutions, services, verticals, and geographical regions. The solutions market is sub-segmented into critical communication networks, surveillance systems, biometric security, authentication systems, scanning and screening systems, C2/C4isr systems, emergency and disaster management, backup and recovery systems, public address and general alarms, and cyber security. Critical communication networks holds largest market share in the global public safety and security market and is expected to continue to be the biggest market over the forecast period. However the emergency and disaster management market is anticipated to grow at the fastest CAGR to 2024. The report splits the market regionally into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and rest of world (ROW). North America was the highest revenue-generating region in 2016, due to spending on defence, compared with other countries. The report anticipates that the riot control equipment market will grow in the US, following the rise in the number of cases of violent related crimes in North America, especially US. This is partly due to availability of guns and rise in violence among street gangs.

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National Cyber Security Centre marks first year of protecting the UK

In the last 12 months cyber experts within the new National Cyber Security Centre received 1,131 incident reports, with 590 classed as significant . A report published to mark the first anniversary of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) highlights the work undertaken by the organisation to help improve the safety and security of online activities and transactions in the UK. The NCSC, which is part of GCHQ, exists as a single, one stop shop for UK cyber security.

The centre acknowledges there is still a lot of work to be done but points out the progress in the first 12 months, which includes preventing thousands of attacks, providing support for the UK Armed Forces and managing hundreds of incidents. The NCSC has also helped to foster a pipeline of the next generation of experts and is working with businesses and universities to nurture technology for tackling cybercrime. According to Jeremy Fleming, director of GCHQ, cyber is playing an increasingly important part in daily lives and in the UK s approach to security, with threats evolving rapidly as technology advances. Our response has been to transform to stay ahead of them. The NCSC is a pivotal part of that transformation. It is a critical component not only of GCHQ, where it benefits from the data and expertise it has access to as part of the intelligence community, but of how the government as a whole works to keep the UK safe, Fleming said. Free Download: the CyberSecurity Crashcourse Are you even aware if you have been the victim of a cybersecurity breach?

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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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Honeywell releases enhanced digital video management software: DVM R620

The latest release of Honeywell s digital video management technology exploits Internet of Things (IoT) to improve connectivity. It also uses open standards to improve operator efficiency and improve response times. The new release, called DVM R620, lets organisations more easily secure large-scale security operations.

The features include improved operator efficiency and situational awareness to speed up incident identification and resolution. embedded content DVM R620 can be deployed in a range of facilities, including those with complex security arrangements and specific/stringent requirements. For example airports, prisons, hospitals, universities and colleges and urban areas. The system The latest software features an enhanced user interface. It includes updates to enable operators to capture, view and manage live and recorded video with ease. The system uses edge recording playback and backfill capabilities for capturing video footage on camera memory cards. The footage is then backfilled to the system s main server. This makes the system more resilient even when interruptions occur, such as server failures or cybersecurity threats and breaches. The cameras are able to consistently and reliably capture video footage.

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Why Do We Need Surveillance Cameras in Public Places …

With the ever-advancing technology field come conflicting opinions about what should and should not be used. One of the pieces of technology that causes a bit of controversy is surveillance cameras that are placed in public. Although some believe that they should not be used, they can be an important part of society and can be quite helpful.

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Surveillance cameras can be used to keep an eye out for any crimes that are in progress or that can be stopped before they even start. If a suspicious person or item is in the area, the proper authorities can be informed before any crime can be committed or damage can be done. In addition, the area can be cleared of any people as a precautionary measure.

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If a crime is committed and there is a surveillance camera, there is a good chance that the authorities will be able to get a viable image of the criminal. The camera footage can be used to put the image on posters and aired on television where someone might be able to recognize who the person is. Without the surveillance camera, it may be more difficult to get a detailed description of the perpetrator.

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For some people, knowing that surveillance cameras are in certain areas can help create a sense of security. No one wants to fear having to go into an area or feel as though she is not safe. Some may believe that there may be less of a chance that a crime will be committed if there are cameras in the area watching over them.

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Some businesses and authorities may place cameras in areas in hope that it will prevent crimes from being committed in the first place. If a person knows that there is a surveillance camera in a specific area, he may be less willing to commit a crime at that location for fear of being caught. Some cities are even putting, or have already put, surveillance cameras on stoplights in hopes that it will prevent people from speeding or committing other traffic offenses.


In court, the footage from the surveillance camera that captured a crime can be used as evidence against the accused. Without the footage, there may be little to no evidence to go on and the criminal could go free.

In some cases, the footage may also help prove the innocence of someone who was accused of a crime, but did not commit it.

A rogue s gallery of fire doors unworthy of the name (and perfectly good ones rendered useless)

#firedoorsafetyweek Some fire doors pictured below are so incompetently installed an otherwise serious topic descends into absurd comedy. Unfortunately, having a stair-rail passing through a hole carved into the door (I kid you not) would have grave consequences were a fire to break out. Lifted from Twitter (big thanks to Theodore Firedoor and FireDoorGuy) and Fire Door Safety Week s toolkit) the gallery features plenty of more prosaic, typical problems too big gaps between doors and around the perimeter, slapdash use of sealant, doors wedged open and the like.

There are also a couple of correctly installed fire doors at the bottom, standing proudly unbowed and un-breached after a fire ripped through the creative block of a Dorset school in 2015. IFSEC Global is proud to support Fire Door Safety Week, which runs from 25 September to 1 October. You can pledge your support for the campaign here, and by tweeting under the hashtag #FireDoorSafetyWeek and sharing or using the wealth of resources found in the campaign s toolkit. We ll put a notice up, that ll solve it, Fire Door Inspectors (@firedoorguy) September 22, 2017 @Theodore_Fire don t think this one is self closing! #firedoor #FireDoorSafetyWeek #passivefire H Timmins Group (@HTimminsGroup) August 15, 2017 It s #FireDoorFriday! Spotted any dodgy #firedoors recently? Send me your pics! The gap in this dodgy fire door is more than the 3mm maximum Theodore Firedoor (@Theodore_Fire) December 2, 2016 How it is v how it should be. It s the little things that often make a difference. #FireDoorSafetyWeek #firedoors Fire Door Inspectors (@firedoorguy) September 21, 2017 @FDIS_UK @Theodore_Fire @bwf_certifire @FDSafetyWeek. I couldn t kick it very far!! #firedoor H Timmins Group (@HTimminsGroup) August 22, 2017 Well that won t help in the event of a fire #fire #firedoor #passivefire @Theodore_Fire H Timmins Group (@HTimminsGroup) August 20, 2017 A national chain of car parks yesterday.

Not huge risk I suppose, but how many litres of petrol close by #firesafety #nocompromise Fire Door Inspectors (@firedoorguy) September 1, 2017 Unusual one picked up by @FireDoorGuru today. Have to wonder who approved this! #FireDoorSafetyWeek #firedoors Fire Door Inspectors (@firedoorguy) September 21, 2017 Just a sample from Student HMO fire risk assessments carried out today. Red and White Fire (@RedandWhiteFire) September 22, 2017 The long term effect and cost of wedging open a hospital fire door circa 2,000 for a new door. #FireDoorSafetyWeek #firesafety #firedoors Fire Door Inspectors (@firedoorguy) September 21, 2017 Careless use or poor specification? New doors ruined! Easily prevented with protection device. Cheaper in the long run to do it properly. Fire Door Inspectors (@firedoorguy) September 21, 2017 I bet it isn t .#FireDoorSafetyWeek Brand new door too. Fire Door Inspectors (@firedoorguy) September 20, 2017 Billions spent on fire prevention across the country every year, and a piece of (s)crap renders it ineffective! #firesafety Fire Door Inspectors (@firedoorguy) September 8, 2017 The ultimate oxymoron. This is why Fire Doors need inspection and @FDSafetyWeek are of paramount importance @FDIS_UK Theodore Firedoor (@Theodore_Fire) August 13, 2017 Surely the building owners can see fire door is not fit for purpose #firedoorsafetyweek Theodore Firedoor (@Theodore_Fire) July 18, 2017 Lock prep done the wrong way.

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Cheaper in the long run.NFR! #FireDoorSafetyWeek Fire Door Inspectors (@firedoorguy) September 21, 2017 We take the wedge out when we leave the room #liars Because fires only start in empty rooms!#firedoorsafetyweek Fire Door Inspectors (@firedoorguy) September 22, 2017 Dodgy Fire Door of the Year 2014 This hospital fire door bagged the bronze medal And this is what happens if you get it right! (Fire doors still not breached after a fire ripped through the creative block a Dorset school in 2015.) Related Topics We re often dealing with decades of neglect : Hannah Mansell on fire doors and the post-Grenfell rush to improve fire safety Watch: The consequences of badly specified and fitted fire doors plus 5 tips for getting it right Fire-door safety campaigners renew calls for public register of responsible persons

Online training tool launched for fire-door inspectors

Fire door safety week A free online tool that provides Europe s first competency framework for fire door inspectors has been launched by the Fire Door Inspection Scheme (FDIS). Developed in time for Fire Door Safety Week (25 September-1 October 2017), it also features an introduction to the FDIS Diploma in Fire Doors. The service, which is relevant to anyone responsible for specifying, selling, installing or maintaining any aspect of fire doors, is a more comprehensive follow-up to a half-day bite size training course launched by FDIS earlier this year.

FDIS, Europe s first fire door inspection scheme, says it developed the courses to meet growing demand for training in the legal and practical dimensions of fire door inspection. The lack of basic knowledge about fire doors is a real challenge to all parts of the industry, and we felt this was something simple that we could do to help, said Kevin Hulin, FDIS manager. There are now 30 inspectors operating throughout the UK accredited through the FDIS process and we have had more than 1,100 people sign up to study the diploma. This new course is an introduction to the diploma, tailored for the generalist who needs to know the basics and also needs to be able to recognise when to bring in an expert. I hope it will also encourage them to continue their studies further, and support the challenge laid down by the Fire Door Safety Week team to make our building stock that bit safer. You can get a free seven-day trial of the tool here. Fire professionals can also earn a diploma in Fire Doors via FDIS online learning centre and become certificated fire door inspectors through independent assessments by Exova Warringtonfire. Launched in 2012 FDIS was a joint venture between the BWF-Certifire Scheme and Guild of Architectural Ironmongers. IFSEC Global is proud to support Fire Door Safety Week, which runs from 25 September to 1 October.

You can pledge your support for the campaign here, and by tweeting under the hashtag #FireDoorSafetyWeek and sharing or using the wealth of resources found in the campaign s toolkit.

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