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One of a kind

15 August 2019

We sit down with Fire Safety North content director Mark Sennett to learn why the event is a must attend at EventCity, Manchester on 8-9 October 2019.

What makes Fire Safety North different to other exhibitions in the fire sector?

Fire Safety North is the biggest event of its kind in the North of England and is dedicated to supporting fire safety professionals to help them achieve and maintain the very highest standards of fire safety management. Much like its sister exhibition - The Fire Safety Event at NEC Birmingham - it will offer an unparalleled line-up of speakers and free educational content. All of the seminars offer CPD hours for attendees so this is the perfect reason for delegates to justify leaving the office to further their career development and learn about best practice and key issues that impact their workplace.

There have been a lot of key developments in the fire sector of the last 12 months, including the government publishing the findings of Judith Hackitt’s independent review of the building regulations and fire safety and the current public consultation of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, which is the main legislation for fire safety in the United Kingdom. Fire Safety North will offer access to keynote speakers who have been directly involved in these reviews, which means delegates can ask questions and learn key information from people that have directly influenced changes to these regulations. For example, the Fire Sector Federation have made submissions to the government for both reviews and its vice president Dennis Davis will deliver a keynote address on day one that will look at the key learnings that can be taken away in the wake of the Grenfell Tower Tragedy and the independent review of the building regulations.

Lawyer Warren Spencer has prosecuted more cases under the Fire Safety Order than any other legal professional in the UK, having overseen more than 150 prosecutions. He will be delivering a mock trial on day one that is based on an actual case that he prosecuted. Delegates will be the jury and Fire Safety North is the only event in the sector that offers this kind of interactive session.

What other key content is on offer at Fire Safety North?

We have 30+ hours of CPD content on offer and some of the highlights include BAFE chief executive Stephen Adams explaining the serious consequences of not having a competent person carrying out fire safety work.

Other key sessions include how protecting tall buildings and safe evacuation policies, importance of suitable passive fire protection and cladding – both of these topics couldn’t be more in prevalent in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire. There’s also seminars on assessing your fire safety risk and liability and how to ensure your building is compliant with fire safety laws. 

Are any key industry associations supporting Fire Safety North?

Yes we have a great number of associations exhibiting and supporting Fire Safety North. These include the Fire Protection Association, Institute of Fire Safety Managers, Institution of Fire Engineers, National Association of Healthcare Fire Officers and the Independent Fire Engineering & Distributors Association. Visitors will be able to gain advice and best practice from experts on the association’s exhibition stands and also learn about membership benefits and training opportunities. 

What are the key reasons why delegates should attend Fire Safety North?

Fire Safety North will be held at EventCity in Manchester for the third consecutive year. The venue is so easy to get to and offers free parking for all. I’ve explained why the content line-up is not to be missed but it’s also worth noting that the event is co-located with Health & Safety North so your entry badge will get you access to both exhibitions and the theatres at both events. 

There is more than 150 exhibitors showcasing the latest products, services and training courses that are essential for keeping people and buildings safe. There’s also great networking opportunities on offer with the Institute of Fire Safety Managers conducting two seminars and hosting its AGM at the event. So, this is the perfect opportunity for people to network, learn and procure. 

Fire Safety North is free to attend, offers free parking and is one of the most easily accessible venues in the UK. With the content, products and networking on offer it’s impossible not to justify attending.

You can register to attend Fire Safety North on 8-9 October 2019 at EventCity, Manchester for FREE by visiting https://registration.n200.com/survey/0qs0576pu3sd6