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Fire Safety Matters Podcast – Episode 32

04 July 2023

THE THIRTY-second 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 (CEO at Western Business Media) chats with Warren Spencer of Blackhurst Budd Solicitors, while Fire Safety Matters’ Editor Brian Sims hears from three sector professionals: Matt Wood (CEO and owner at Millwood Servicing), Iain Cumner (managing director of Patol) and Robert Campbell (the managing director at Detectortesters).

The managing director of Blackhurst Budd Solicitors and a regular contributor to the Fire Safety Matters Podcast, Warren Spencer – a hugely respected fire safety-focused legal practitioner – has actually prosecuted more cases under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 than anyone else.

In conversation with Mark, Warren looks back at a special two-hour webinar that ran on Friday 2 June and examined the ramifications of proposed amendments to the Fire Safety Order. He also answers some of the key questions asked by delegates on the day.

Environmental, Social and Governance

Our second guest on Episode 32 is Matt Wood, the CEO and owner of Millwood Servicing, the fire protection engineering business established three decades ago.

Matt began his fire safety journey in the Royal Navy as an initial attack firefighter. On leaving the Armed Forces, he then joined the family-run Millwood Servicing business in the role of junior engineer and has since progressed through the ranks to now lead the company.

Interviewed by Brian, Matt duly reviews the key subject of Environmental, Social and Governance and outlines precisely why he believes it’s so important in the fire safety arena.

Linear heat detection cable

Our third guest is Iain Cumner, managing director of fire detection solutions specialist Patol.

Iain joined the company from Johnson Controls in 2020, having worked on developing framework agreements with Tier 1 construction companies for the specification of fire, security and also building management systems.

During his conversation with Brian, Iain turns his attentions towards the subject of liner heat detection cable.

Testing systems

Our fourth and final guest on Episode 32 is Robert Campbell, the managing director of Detectortesters, the business founded in 1965 that concentrates on designing solutions for the testing of fire detection systems.

During the course of his career, Robert has held numerous high-profile positions, duly managing businesses around the world including companies in the UK, France, Germany and Asia. Indeed, many of these roles have been within the fire industry.

Robert was appointed managing director at Detectortesters in September 2017.

In addition to outlining what the business is all about, Robert looks at key trends across the industry and assesses the outcomes in terms of the demand for testing solutions.

Industry news

Once again, Brian and Mark join forces for a detailed round-up and analysis of the major news stories in the sector.

This time around, we appraise the Government’s £18.6 million injection of funding for common alarm system installations and the London Fire Brigade’s new alert in relation to e-bike battery fires.

We also chart the Building Safety Regulator’s opening of the registration process for high-rise buildings and profile a joint initiative launched by the Institute of Fire Safety Managers and the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board concentrating on professional technician status.

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