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BSIA endorses guide on prevention of false hold-up alarms

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has contributed to a new guide published to help installers of hold-up alarms (HUAs) to reduce the number of false alarms. The document, created by the National Police Chiefs Council Security Systems Group, discusses the impact that false alarms can have on police resources before offering recommendations on how installers can help to reduce these incidents. Recommendations include taking HUAs out of service before work starts and remembering to return them to full service once work has been completed.

Others including reminding users of the proper use of HUAs as advised by the police. The guide reiterates such alarms are for use during an attack or threat of an attack involving people and staff at premises protected by this type of alarm. These, and other, simple steps can cut the number of false alarms, reducing the impact on the police whilst maintaining the reputation of alarm receiving centres and installers. David Wilkinson, the BSIA s director of technical services, said: Preventing false hold-up alarm activations will help to ensure that hold-up alarms remain an effective method to deliver a rapid police response and maintain users confidence in security systems. 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. This guide provides an overview of the need to know information for fire detection and alarm systems and your legal requirements, key actions, key terms and more. Click here to download now Related Topics Free cybersecurity seminar will focus on physical security systems and star ethical hackers Mike Tennent of Tavcom Training wins posthumous industry contribution award all winners revealed Want to export outside the UK in the defence and security markets?

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British Safety Council chief: Grenfell should mark turning point in fire safety

The chief executive of the British Safety Council opened its annual conference this week by detailing the body s plans for the future, and his hopes for the sector. Mike Robinson said that a lot had happened in the world since the Council had met last year, including the start of the Brexit process, the general election this summer, the Grenfell Tower disaster, and the election of Donald Trump. Speaking on Grenfell, and following the Council s joint letter to the prime minister last summer on stopping deregulation, Robinson said personally about how the disaster, which happened near to its offices in Hammersmith.

He said: This tragic event had negatively impacted on many peoples lives. I can only hope that it marks a turning point for fire safety in high rise buildings. Brexit On Brexit, Robinson said it was still far from clear what would happen at the end of the process, but that it may actually have a positive for health and safety. He said: With the uncertainty around Brexit, it creates an environment where there is actually an opportunity to look at good safety management. Robinson also detailed concerns about the rising levels of personal debt, stating the the financial pressures of not only low-paid but medium paid workers in the country is a big issue. Council developments Speaking about the Council, Robinson said the roll-out of the mental health construction scheme, Mates in Mind, had an ambitious aim to reach two-thirds of the entire industry of 2.5 million workers, and had got off to a great start since its launch a few weeks ago. On setting up the Mumbai office, he said that the Council wants to have an impact in a country where there are still 48,000 deaths from work . Training was another key element for Robinson going foward, and he claimed to be annoying Microsoft by shifting away from PowerPoint and traditional presentation techniques to immersive technology which he hopes to bring next year to the Council s suite of certificates. 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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Registration for Engineers of Tomorrow 2018 security & fire apprentice competition now open

Adding a fire installation challenge for the 20th anniversary year Registration for Engineers of Tomorrow 2018 has now opened, as the competition returns to IFSEC International for it s 20th anniversary year, 19-21 June 2018. This year the competition is taking a further step towards tackling the the growing engineering skills gap by adding a live installation challenge for fire apprentices, as well as for those from the security sector, following a successful trial in 2017. This will mean that in 2018, more than 60 young apprentices will compete against each other in teams of 2, live on the IFSEC show floor.

The 3 heat winning teams of security apprentices from this summer s Engineers of Tomorrow competition will be joining their industry next month at the Security Excellence Awards, where the overall winners will be awarded the 1000 prize. Next year the heat winners from both the security and fire challenges will receive their invitation to the awards, in addition to earning credits towards NVQ qualifications and fantastic industry recognition. Whether you re a security or fire apprentice, or the employer or college lecturer of apprentices, you can now register yourself or nominate a colleague for Engineers of Tomorrow 2018 here. embedded content 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. This guide provides an overview of the need to know information for fire detection and alarm systems and your legal requirements, key actions, key terms and more.

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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 .

The Review will report jointly to Communities Secretary Sajid Javid and Home Secretary Amber Rudd. An interim report will be submitted in autumn 2017, followed by a final report in spring 2018. 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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