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Fire Industry Association unveils programme for inaugural FIA Conference

23 August 2022

THE INAUGURAL Fire Industry Association (FIA) Conference takes place on Wednesday 14 September at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. Following on from FIM Expo, which runs at the same venue on the previous day, the Trade Association will be reviewing how the fire industry has changed in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy of June 2017.

To be delivered under the heading: ‘What Has Changed in a Post-Grenfell World?’, the FIA Conference is going to highlight the developments made in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire and focus on how the industry as a whole can continue to put its best foot forward.

Huw Jakeway (chief fire officer at the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service) is going to deliver the keynote at conference. In addition, there will be presentations from industry experts including Iain Bowker (joint owner and director at Ensure Safety and Compliance). Bowker is going to focus his attentions on the impact of the Fire Safety Act 2021 and the Building Safety Act 2022 when it comes to fire risk assessments.

Importantly, FIA CEO Ian Moore will be delivering a presentation on the Building Safety Information Portal, while the Trade Association’s technical manager Will Lloyd talks about documentation and special inspections.

Conference also contains a host of Continuing Professional Development seminars courtesy of representatives from FIA member companies Advanced, C-TEC, Tio Fire Safety and Aico. These sessions are designed to cover a range of topics including emergency lighting, BS 5839 Part 6 Grade C, digital fire logbooks and remote access to data.

Conference agenda

Here’s the agenda in full for the 2022 FIA Conference:

*10.00 am-10.15 am: Welcoming Address (Ian Moore, CEO, FIA)

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

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

*11.15 am-11.45 am: ‘The Grenfell Tower Tragedy: What We Now Know as a Fire and Rescue Service’ (Huw Jakeway, chief fire officer, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service)

*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

*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 for Service Companies and End Users’ (Jason Hill, sales manager, Tio Fire Safety)

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

*2.15 pm-2.45 pm: ‘Smart Home – The Link – Remote Access to Data for Building Owners’ (Andy Speake, national technical manager, Aico)

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

Benefits of attendance

The FIA Conference represents a fantastic opportunity for practitioners to further their knowledge on how the fire industry has implemented positive and crucial changes in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

It’s an event that’s also very much about looking to the future and learning how innovation across the industry will play a crucial role in enabling everyone involved in the fire sector to consistently improve the ways in which they operate.

The FIA fully understands the importance of growing and maintaining a strong professional network. The FIA Conference is an excellent opportunity for delegates to network 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 also academics from colleges and universities.

*The FIA Conference – for which FIREX International is the headline sponsor – is free to attend. Register online NOW