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12 October 2021

A GLOBAL International Fire Safety Standards (IFSS) Coalition comprising upwards of 80 fire safety leadership organisations has launched a 40-page document entitled ‘Global Plan for a Decade of Action for Fire Safety 2022-2032’. The aim is to ensure an internationally consistent approach towards the safety and management of buildings and infrastructure and save lives by reducing risk as well as preventing devastating fires.

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12 October 2021

SADIQ KHAN, the Mayor of London, has called on building owners and landlords to help leaseholders by sharing vital building safety information with their residents. More than four years after the Grenfell Tower fire, thousands of Londoners are trapped by the building safety crisis. Some leaseholders have been left fearing for their safety, while others have been unable to sell their homes. Some are facing substantial bills to remediate cladding issues they could not have anticipated when they bought their property.

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12 October 2021

FOLLOWING ON from the publication of the Government’s Building Safety Bill and its 53 recommendations for driving cultural change and emboldening safety improvements in the construction sector, building control and regulation specialist Bureau Veritas is reminding developers of the importance of meeting the Gateway One regulations now in force across England and Wales.

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12 October 2021

FIREFIGHTER NUMBERS have, according to the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), now “reached a new low” since the beginning of austerity in 2010. One-in-five firefighter roles that existed in 2010 are no longer in place, with a fall in number of 11,680 roles in the ensuing period.

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12 October 2021

IAIN COX, chair of the Business Sprinkler Alliance, has urged that lessons from school fires must be learned sooner rather than later. Cox’s words of warning emanate at the start of a new academic term where a primary school in Wiltshire has already suffered from a major fire.

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12 October 2021

THE LONDON Fire Brigade has signed up to a new agreement designed to keep emergency firefighting crews and members of the public safe when they’re near high voltage electrical equipment.

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04 October 2021

AS PART of its overhaul of guidance on the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 – the Fire Safety Order (FSO) – the Home Office is now seeking to externally commission new guides and updates to existing guidance documents.

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04 October 2021

DEBT REGISTER – the start-up fintech – is set to help the fire safety sector boost growth as it aims to ensure businesses are paid within seven days, in turn resolving the long-standing issue of late payments.

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04 October 2021

A BUILDING owner has been ordered to pay more than £30,000 after pleading guilty to a series of serious fire safety failings which inspectors found could have had “potentially catastrophic results”.

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04 October 2021

GO IS the new generation, single-loop fire alarm control panel from Advanced. Versatile and “packed” with premium features, Go provides cost-effective access to MxPro 5 range performance, quality and ease of use in a simpler, non-networkable format for complete fire protection peace of mind.

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04 October 2021

THE LABOUR Party has backed action in relation to the building safety crisis that has arisen since the Grenfell Tower tragedy, calling for “sustained investment” in public services that could help resolve the crisis and prevent it from continuing in new buildings.

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04 October 2021

AICO HAS announced its commitment to the Climate Pledge as part of the company’s drive towards sustainable business practices and achieving net zero carbon. The Climate Pledge was founded by Amazon and Global Optimism and brings together a cross-sector community of companies and organisations to tackle the climate crisis and become net zero carbon by the year 2040.

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27 September 2021

THE CODE for Construction Product Information (CCPI), Code guidance and a ‘Preparing for the Code’ information pack have been launched in a determined bid to drive higher standards in the presentation of construction product information in the manufacturing industry.

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27 September 2021

BIRMINGHAM CITY University is now accepting initial applications for its fire safety engineering degree apprenticeship programme launched in a determined bid to address national concerns around the skills shortage currently present across the disciplines of fire and building safety.

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27 September 2021

THE INSTITUTION of Fire Engineers (IFE) recently hosted a successful workshop bringing together key stakeholders from the sector and Government to focus on the theme of the future of fire risk assessments.

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27 September 2021

WITH THIS year’s Fire Door Safety Week campaign running from 20-26 September, the Door Group – a unit of ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions UK & Ireland – is calling for higher standards when it comes to fire door inspections in public and commercial buildings in order to ensure life safety.

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27 September 2021

PLUMIS HAS launched a new initiative aiming to raise awareness around the most common types of fires and those at greatest risk from fire-related injury or fatality. ‘Fire Risk: It’s Not Just About the Building’ is a sector-wide initiative highlighting what housing providers can do to tackle changing fire safety challenges, while also future-proofing their homes to ensure residents are adequately protected.

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27 September 2021

THE FIRE Safety Event 2021 ran to great acclaim at the NEC when the doors to the Nineteen Group-organised show opened from 7-9 September, welcoming back many long-time exhibitors, visitors and new faces. This year marked the third time that QDOS had exhibited at the event, but on this occasion with a bigger and better stand than ever before.

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21 September 2021

A RECENT blog written by the Department for Education highlights some key points about fire safety in schools. While the article stresses the importance of ensuring that all students and members of staff are safe at school, according to the Business Sprinkler Alliance (BSA), the author has “made some interesting claims” which are “misleading” and need clarification.

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21 September 2021

THE FIRE Industry Association’s (FIA) Internet of Things (IoT) Forum has partnered with a whole host of industry stakeholders to bring them into the crucial conversation around the IoT and its involvement in the fire industry. The organisation is now looking to work in collaboration with the British Standards Institution (BSI) – representatives of which are regular attendees to the IoT Forum – in order to assist the fire industry with this key topic.

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