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17 May 2021

BOB DOCHERTY, president of the Institute of Fire Safety Managers (IFSM), has written to Lord Stephen Greenhalgh (Fire Minister at the Home Office) to express the Institute’s “disappointment” that the Local Government Association’s (LGA) guidance document on Fire Safety in Purpose-Built Blocks of Flats has been withdrawn.

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17 May 2021

THE FIRE Safety Bill was passed into law – and duly became the Fire Safety Act 2021 – on Thursday 29 April, the final day of the latest Parliamentary session. Subsequently, the British Safety Council, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and law firm Macfarlanes LLP have all offered their thoughts on this development and its wider ramifications.

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17 May 2021

DESPITE THE crucial fire safety role that they play, “huge numbers” of fire and smoke dampers remain untested in thousands of buildings across the UK. That’s according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

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17 May 2021

THE INSTITUTION of Fire Engineers (IFE) and the Fire Industry Association (FIA) have joined forces to launch a dedicated Special Interest Group focused on building façades and external wall fire safety issues.

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17 May 2021

IN ITS role as the UK’s national standards body, the British Standards Institution has published new competence criteria for the built environment following two rounds of public consultation. The new Code of Practice that has been realised supports industry reform and intends to minimise safety risks as well as improve protection for consumers and occupants (including residents).

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17 May 2021

THE NATIONAL Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) is actively encouraging Fire and Rescue Services to support the National Sprinkler Week campaign. The campaign runs from Monday 17 May through until Sunday 23 May and is specifically designed to raise awareness of the benefits of sprinkler systems in keeping people and buildings safe from fire.

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17 May 2021

ON THURSDAY 13 May at Preston Crown Court, Aheed Sultan – former owner of the Plaza Beach Hotel on Albert Road in Blackpool – was fined £7,700 and ordered to pay £7,300 in costs after pleading guilty to seven offences under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

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16 May 2021

NORTH WEST Fire Solutions has recruited a new general manager to cope with the company’s recent client wins and current growth projections. Alex MacArthur, a consulting expert specialising in SME-centric growth, will now run the day-to-day operations of the business.

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12 May 2021

AN ASBESTOS removal contracting business based in Glasgow has been heavily fined after a worker was fatally injured and another seriously injured in a gas explosion that took place four years ago.

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12 May 2021

GUNNING LONDON, the Chartered Building Company specialising in internal and external refurbishments, has launched a new division entitled Gunning Fire to meet the ever-increasing need for professionally installed fire door and fire stopping solutions.

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