From the editor - September 19

27 November 2019

WELCOME TO the September issue of FSM, which focuses on disaster planing, offshore oil and gas, door entry and integrated security.

Since our June edition plenty of things have changed as we’ve got a new Prime Minister in Boris Johnson and with him comes a new cabinet. This of course has a key impact on both fire and security with Priti Patel taking over as Home Secretary and having responsibility for the Police and Fire and Rescue Service.

We also have a new Police and Fire Minister in Kit Malthouse who replaces Nick Hurd and Ben Wallace has been succeeded by Brandon Lewis as Security Minister. You can find out all about these changes on our news pages.

As I mentioned, inside these pages this month we have a focus on disaster planing with Coopers Fire providing a key insight into fire curtains and Kingspan’s Tony Ryan explores how making good choices can help reduce the impact of fire. 

In addition, we have an article from Tony Hanley who raises key issues in detecting and fighting fires in remote locations, such as offshore wind farms. Meanwhile, not all multi-sensors are created equal and it has come to light that in the absence of standard ratification, some are lacking when it comes to approvals. Mark Jones explores the potential dangers this issue poses.

As smart technology becomes increasingly important for homeowners, Francesca Boeris looks at its significance in the door entry market, and how manufacturers and installers are keeping pace with consumer demand.

Andre Meiswinkel explores how to simplify system integration into a vendor-neutral physical security information management (PSIM) platform and what added value can be created in the planning phase.

We also have an article from Maxxess eFusion on integrated security and how an exciting new wave of integration projects is showing that organisations no longer have to spend big if they want the advantages seamless systems performance.

Fire Safety North

Fire Safety North returns to EventCity, Manchester on 8-9 October 2019 and more than 2,000 delegates are expected at this free to attend event. 

There will be more than 30 hours of CPD accredited content on offer and the event is uniquely co-located with Health & Safety North. The event, the biggest of its kind in the North of England is THE place to test the latest technology, select the most up-to-date solutions and confer with like-minded professionals.

Fire Safety North is dedicated to supporting  fire and safety professionals to achieve and maintain the very highest standards of fire safety management.

FSM has once again curated the content for Fire Safety North and you can see a detailed preview of the event inside this magazine. I hope to see many of you there so don’t forget to register for your FREE pass now at

Free webinar

Fire and Security Matters Magazine will be hosting a free webinar on 17 October 2019 at 10:30am, which focuses on Fire Safety in Historic Premises. 

This webinar will feature a panel of experts that includes National Trust fire specialist Bob Bantock and Advanced business development manager Amanda Hope. You can register to attend this webinar for FREE at

FSM will return in November with topics focusing on suppression, public/complex premises, wireless technology IT/Cyber Crime and a preview of International Security Expo, which takes place at London Olympia on 3-4 December and you can get your free pass now at