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FIA outlines agenda for FIM Expo 2022 and inaugural Fire Conference

09 August 2022

THE FIRE Industry Association’s (FIA) annual Fire Industry Manufacturers (FIM) Expo visits the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Tuesday 13 September, with the inaugural edition of the FIA’s Fire Conference running on the following day from 10.00 am until 3.00 pm.

As always, FIM Expo features many of the UK’s leading fire detection and alarm systems manufacturers and is designed to showcase the very latest products and developments in the sector. No fewer than 22 manufacturers, in fact, are going to be in attendance. Visiting FIM Expo 2022 will put you in front of representatives from Advanced, Aico, Apollo, AVD Fire, C-TEC, Eurotech Fire Systems, Everlux, Fireco, FireMate, FirePro UK, Global Fire Equipment, Hispec Electrical, Hochiki Europe, Honeywell Fire, Hyfire, Illumino Ignis, Kentec Electronics, Nittan Europe, Tio Fire Safety, Uptick, Vimpex and Wagner (UK).

Visitors to the FIM Expo (which runs from 9.30 am until 3.30 pm) will be able to meet and network with representatives from all of these first-class manufacturers and gain valuable information on their industry-leading products. System orders for current and future projects may be placed on the day. Further, it’s an excellent opportunity to build business relationships by connecting with existing and potential clients alike.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is also very much part of the mix at FIM Expo. Delegates will have the opportunity to maintain and enhance their knowledge and further develop the skills they require in order to deliver a professional service for customers, clients and the community by attending CPD sessions running ahead of the luncheon interval.

From 10.00 am until 10.40 am, Martin Green (system sales manager at Hochiki Europe) is going to focus on ‘Waking Watch versus Hybrid Wireless Fire Detection’. Then, from 10.40 am through to 11.20 am, the FIA’s technical manager Will Lloyd turns his attentions towards ‘Documentation and Special Inspection’. Just ahead of the buffet luncheon interval, Peter Blandon (quality manager at FirePro UK) examines the key differences between commercial and residential fire protection systems. That session runs from 11.20 am until noon.

Drinks reception

There will be a post-Expo drinks reception in the South Stand Lounge from 3.30 pm until 5.00 pm. Attendees can enjoy in-depth conversations with a diverse range of stakeholders in the fire industry, notably so those practitioners representing installation and maintenance companies as well as end users. This is also a good opportunity to meet with FIA staff and Board members and continue conversations started earlier in the day.

Interestingly, the FIA is also organising tours of the Principality Stadium for event delegates. These tours will be on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

Last year’s FIM Expo in Belfast attracted upwards of 180 fire sector professionals. The FIA is aiming to beat that number for the 2022 gathering.

*Register your attendance at FIM Expo 2022 online

Fire Conference

The inaugural edition of the Fire Conference organised by the FIA runs on Wednesday 14 September at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff under the heading: ‘The Post-Grenfell World: What has changed?’

It’s a poignant subject that will highlight the developments realised in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire on 14 June 2017. The focus is very much trained on how we can continue to put our best foot forward as an industry.

The Fire Conference will contain a host of CPD seminars delivered by FIA members, as well as panel discussions on key topics of interest with a keen focus on current and future technologies.

At conference, there will be further opportunities for networking with key industry stakeholders from across the fire industry, among them installers, designers, maintainers, commissioners, representatives from local Government and standards bodies, Fire and Rescue Service professionals and academics from colleges and universities.

The provisional agenda is as follows:

10.00 am-10.15 am: ‘Welcome and Introduction’ (Ian Moore, CEO, FIA)

10.15 am-10.45 am: ‘The Impact of the Fire Safety Act 2021 and the Building Safety Act 2022 on Fire Risk Assessments’ (Iain Bowker, co-owner and director, Ensure Safety & Compliance)

10.45 am-11.15 am: ‘Beyond Compliance – Achieving Greater Safety with Integrated Fire and Emergency Lighting Systems’ (Matthew Jones, emergency lighting business manager, Advanced)

11.15 am-11.45 am: ‘Fire and Rescue Service’ (presentation title and presenter TBC)

11.45 am-12.15 pm: ‘Raising the Grade – BS 5839 Part 6 Grade C and Systems Integration’ (Andy Turner, business development manager, C-TEC)

12.15 pm-12.45 pm: Luncheon interval

12.45 pm-1.15 pm: ‘Building Safety Information Portal’ (Ian Moore, CEO, FIA)

1.15 pm-1.45 pm: ‘The Importance of Digital Fire Logbooks to Service Companies and End Users’ (Jason Hill, sales manager, Tio Fire Safety)

1.45 pm-2.15 pm: ‘Documentation and Special Inspection’ (Will Lloyd, technical manager, FIA)

2.15 pm-2.45 pm: ‘Smart Homes – The Link and Remote Access to Data’ (Andy Speake, national technical manager, Aico)

2.45 pm-3.00 pm: ‘Conference Summary and Closing Statements’ (Ian Moore, CEO, FIA)

*Book tickets for the FIA’s Fire Conference online