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Fire Safety Matters Podcast – Episode 35

04 December 2023

THE THIRTY-fifth episode of the Fire Safety Matters Podcast is now live to view and available to download or stream for free. On this edition, Brian Sims (Editor of Fire Safety Matters) interviews Alasdair Perry (CEO at the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association) and Craig Wells, sales director at passive fire protection solutions developer Quelfire.

Ali Perry began his career in the Fire and Rescue Service by serving for nigh on seven years with the Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service where he was Group commander, head of planning and also seconded to the Civil Service for a period of six months.

The role of assistant inspector with His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Fire and Rescue Services followed before Ali then joined the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. Seven years as deputy assistant chief officer ensued, during which time Ali looked after service delivery as well as prevention and protection.

In addition to his role as CEO at the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association (BAFSA), which began in February this year, Ali also serves on the Building Safety Regulator’s Industry Competence Committee.

During his in-depth conversation with Brian, Ali examines the hugely important issue of competence in the sector before talking about sprinkler systems in schools and also the devastating car park fire that recently occurred at Luton Airport and severely disrupted operations.

Meeting regulatory changes

Craig Wells joined Quelfire – the Sandbach-based developer and manufacturer of tested fire stopping solutions for service penetrations in buildings – back in June 2012 from a family-based contracting business having developed a keen interest in the technical products arena.

His current role involves keeping the entire team aligned with their sales targets, while in parallel providing technical support and sales consultancy for prospects, influencers and customers alike whether over the telephone or face-to-face and whether on or off-site.

In conversation with Brian, Craig focuses on fire stopping issues in general and also the concept of early engagement for main contractors.

Industry news

Once again, Brian and Mark Sennett (the CEO of Western Business Media and also the founder of Fire Safety Matters) select and analyse several major industry news stories.

On this occasion, there’s a concentration on the Building Safety Regulator’s recently launched Strategic Plan 2023-2026, the Competence Framework that has just been unveiled by the Association for Specialist Fire Protection, detail on the Fire and Security Matters Awards 2024 now being open for entries and also news of Fire Safety Matters winning the prestigious Business Publication of the Year Award at the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) Independent Publisher Awards 2023.

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