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Fire Safety Matters Podcast – Episode 30

14 February 2023

THE THIRTIETH episode of the Fire Safety Matters Podcast is now live to view and available to download or stream for free. On this edition, Mark Sennett (Western Business Media’s CEO and the founder of Fire Safety Matters magazine) welcomes no fewer than four guests – namely Derrick Hall, Craig Puddefoot, Paul Adams and Will Lloyd – across two interviews.

Derrick Hall is director of sales at Kentec Electronics, the business specialising in automatic extinguishing and suppression solutions, fire detection and alarm panels and detection systems.

Derrick harbours more than 24 years of experience gained by operating in the fire detection and alarm industry. During his 12 years at Siemens, he was responsible for launching the Cerberus PRO range to the UK market. He moved to Kentec in late 2018.

On Episode 30 of the Fire Safety Matters Podcast, Derrick is accompanied by Craig Puddefoot, the managing director of Early Birds Fire Protection Limited, the London-based systems installer. Craig took on the managing director’s role in October 2016. He’s a very highly skilled fire and security systems engineer with a strong knowledge and understanding of integrated systems.

During a detailed conversation with Mark, Derrick and Craig focus their attentions on two key issues, namely training and the installation of life safety systems.

Multi-sensors under the spotlight

Also chatting with Mark on this edition of the Fire Safety Matters Podcast is Paul Adams, marketing manager for Hochiki Europe, the manufacturer of fire detection and alarm solutions for commercial and industrial applications.

Paul has diligently served the business for 22 years now, having joined the company back in July 2000 in the role of technical author. He became deputy marketing manager in 2013 before moving into his current role in November 2015. He’s now responsible for the marketing planning and marketing strategy serving the UK, European, Middle East and Indian offices.

Joining Paul for the interview is Will Lloyd, technical manager at the Fire Industry Association. Will became part of the team at the Trade Association back in December 2015, having previously worked at the Building Research Establishment.

At the BRE, Will served in the role of product manager for the electronic security team. He’s a trained fire detection and alarm system installer.

During their discussion with Mark, Paul and Will concentrate on multi-sensor technology, looking in particular at compliance issues, false alarms and also some typical applications.

Industry news

In addition, Episode 30 includes Fire Safety Matters Editor Brian Sims joining forces with Mark for a detailed assessment of four major industry news stories.

On this occasion, there’s a detailed analysis of the commencement of the Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022, the Building Engineering Services Association’s comments on the Government’s recent admissions over Grenfell, proposals for sprinkler requirements in care homes being welcomed by the Business Sprinkler Alliance and also an appraisal of National Apprenticeship Week 2023, which is supported by both the Institution of Fire Engineers and the Fire Service College.

Listen to the Fire Safety Matters Podcast

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*If there are any specific subjects you would like to see featured in an upcoming Fire Safety Matters Podcast please do contact us. You can do so on Twitter by using the hashtag #FSMPodcast. Alternatively, send an e-mail direct to bsims@westernbusiness.media