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From the editor - April 2019

11 March 2019

APRIL PROMISES to be another busy month with The Fire Safety Event and the inaugural Security Event taking place at the NEC, Birmingham on 9-11 April.

MORE THAN 10,000 delegates are expected to descend on the NEC for the Fire Safety Event and The Security Event and they will be able to browse more than 350 exhibition stands of the latest products and services and attend 50+ hours of free CPD-accredited seminar content. In the Fire Safety Event keynote speakers include Dame Judith Hackitt and former New York City Fire Commissioner Sal Cassano so make sure you reserve your place in these sessions now to avoid disappointment. 

We’ve got extensive previews of both shows inside this issue of FSM and have created a special Security Matters Magazine on the reverse side of this issue to make both the fire and security content stand out for readers to enjoy.

Fire and Security awards

The Shortlist for the Safety and Health Excellence Awards 2019, which includes categories on fire safety and security, has been announced following a record number of entries. 

An esteemed panel of key industry figures whittled down more than 200 entries to a shortlist of 91 entries across ten categories. The panel of judges included Dr Graham Cory (Institution of Fire Engineers), Dr Bob Docherty (Institute of Fire Safety Managers), Graham Ferris (Independent Fire Engineering & Distributors Association), Dr Jim Glockling (Fire Protection Association), Ian Moore (Fire Industry Association), Neal Stone (ex-British Safety Council), Geoff Tate (SSAIB chairman) and Louise Ward (ex-British Safety Council) and Barry Wilkes (NEBOSH).

The winners will be unveiled at a gala awards dinner on 10 April 2019, which will be hosted by comedian Sean Lock at the prestigious VOX at Resorts World, NEC Birmingham. The awards take place on the evening of the second day of the Fire Safety Event and Security Event and you can buy tickets now for £199+VAT or £1,800+VAT for a table of ten. You can find out more information or buy tickets at www.she-awards.co.uk

The shortlists are as follows:

Innovation of Year for Fire

Bull Products – Bull Mobile Detection Device
Marlowe Fire & Security – Sprinkler retrofit programme
EMS Ltd - SmartCell wireless detector
Coltraco - Portasonic 2.FL0
Kentec Taktis 16L
Evacite – Safety Signs 
FirePro UK – FirePro
asecos - ION-LINE
Jactone – Watermist range
Firetronics - FT5S
FSi Ltd -  Pass-it Transit System 

Innovation of Year for Security

Future Fibre Technologies - Aura Ai-2
Safe Shores Monitoring - Companion 
Texecom – Texecom Cloud
Pinnacle Response – BodyCam
Bull Products - ExclusionZone Alarm
BT Redcare - Next Generation
IDIS – IDIS 12MP Super Fisheye
Safe Apps Ltd – IncidentEye
SoloProtect - ID Pro

Inside the issue of FSM

Inside this issue of FSM you will find not one, not two but three magazines. As I mentioned earlier, we’ve separated out the fire and security content of the magazine into two separate magazines on reversible sides. Our key topics in FSM this month are evacuation and smart buildings and the focus of Security Matters is CCTV and smart buildings. 

You will also find enclosed a copy of The Standard, which is SSAIB’s annual magazine and is a special bumper edition as it celebrates the orgnisation’s 25th anniversary. We are delighted to have worked with SSAIB to help publish this magazine and we hope you enjoy it. The Standard tackles some key issues and really promotes why it’s essential for companies to gain third-party accreditation. SSAIB will also be holding a free drinks reception inside The Fire Safety Event to toast its 25th anniversary. We hope you'll join us at 15:00 on 9 April in the VIP area of The Fire Safety Event. So, this is yet another great reason to at the Fire Safety Event at the NEC.

I look forward to seeing many of you at the NEC on 9-11 April and if you are reading FSM for the first time after picking up this magazine at the event then you can register to receive it for free at www.fsmatters.com

FSM will return in June with the focus being place on Social housing and residential premises, heritage premises, perimeter protection and video surveillance.