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06 June 2024

HOCHIKI EUROPE has worked in tandem with specialist systems installer Grainger Fire and Security to upgrade the emergency lighting regime at The Unity Theatre on Merseyside, itself a bastion of social justice and community engagement founded back in 1893 by unemployed actors and writers.

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16 April 2024

WITH EFFECT from 1 April, changes have been introduced to the management team for the TOA Corporation’s EMEA region operations. The current leadership, consisting of directors Daisuke Imagawa and Kosuke Tanaka, has been complemented by the addition of Stéphane Charles and Volker Scheid for TOA Electronics Europe GmbH and Lauren Sher and Yuichiro Honjo for TOA Electronics Southern Africa (Pty). Ian Bridgewater was appointed managing director of TOA Corporation (UK) on 1 January.

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15 April 2024

THE NATIONAL Security Inspectorate (NSI), the dedicated certification body for fire and security solution providers in the UK, has been appointed as an Event Partner of The Fire Safety Event, the Nineteen Group-organised show taking place at the NEC in Birmingham from 30 April-2 May.

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22 April 2024

TOA CORPORATION (UK) is now the global partner for Eaton’s VoCALL5 and VoCALL16 emergency voice communication systems. As such, TOA will be working closely with Eaton to offer the latter’s voice evacuation products along with Eaton’s EVCS portfolio.

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22 February 2024

HOCHIKI EUROPE, the developer of specialist fire detection and emergency lighting solutions, is taking part in SICUR 2024, itself recognised as Spain’s premier international fire, security and safety-focused event. The company will display a range of products including its Ekho hybrid wireless fire detection range, the intelligent emergency lighting system FIREscape Nepto and life safety platform Latitude.

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29 January 2024

TIO FIRE Safety (developer of the award-winning, all-in-one compliance app for fire safety) has unveiled the details of a “transformative collaboration” with HAES – one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of addressable, conventional and marine fire alarm control panels. The partnership “heralds a new era” in the fire safety sector, packaging Tio’s app with every HAES fire alarm panel to provide a “comprehensive” safety and compliance solution.

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22 January 2024

FIRE PROTECTION solutions manufacturer Advanced has supplied its BS 8629-compliant EvacGo evacuation alert system for deployment in the new build residential development The Ironworks, which is located in Sheffield.

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18 December 2023

GLOBAL FIRE Equipment (GFE), the European manufacturer of complete fire safety systems, will showcase the latest additions to its product portfolio on Stand F10 in Hall 3 at Intersec 2024, which takes place in Dubai from 16-18 January.

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29 November 2023

FIRE AND life safety systems developer Kidde Commercial has launched KESMobile, which is badged as “the next generation in remote fire and life safety systems management”.

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25 October 2023

FIRE SAFETY solutions manufacturer Advanced has announced the appointment of John Newbury in the role of product management and digital director. With a background in the fire industry that spans two decades, Newbury brings a wealth of expertise in fire protection systems to the role.

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12 June 2023

FIREFIGHTERS FROM the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service are receiving hands-on training in evacuation alert systems following the installation of an Advanced EvacGo system at the Cardiff Gate Training and Development Centre.

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24 March 2023

FIRE SAFETY and security solutions provider Chubb has produced a new video designed to showcase the “exceptional service” customers can expect to receive from its Blackburn-based Customer Experience Centre.

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20 March 2023

HOCHIKI EUROPE has announced the launch of FIREscape Nepto, the company’s “next generation of emergency lighting”. This intelligent, self-testing and self-monitoring emergency lighting system is, according to the company, set to “revolutionise” the emergency lighting market.

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20 March 2023

THE NATIONAL Security Inspectorate (NSI) will be making its exhibitor debut on Stand G55 in Hall 3a at this year’s edition of The Fire Safety Event, which takes place on 25-27 April at the NEC in Birmingham.

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27 February 2023

EVAC+CHAIR International will be showcasing its full range of evacuation chairs at The Health and Safety Event, which runs at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham from 25-27 April.

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27 February 2023

CHUBB, ONE of the UK’s leading fire safety and security solutions providers, has strengthened its senior leadership team with a number of significant appointments. David Dunnagan and Gary Moffatt have been promoted, while Terry Sallas joins the business.

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21 April 2023

SPECIALIST CONSULTANCY CHPK Fire Engineering will have a major presence at The Fire Safety Event, with the business exhibiting on Stand C50 in Hall 3a. Dr Ahmed Allam, the company’s managing director, will also be speaking in The Fire Safety Theatre from 11.40 am to 12.10 pm on the subject of ‘The Fire Engineering Practice: Attempting to Understand The Big Picture’.

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20 February 2023

WITH ONE-in-six of the adult population affected by some form of hearing impediment, the need for effective fire warning-focused technology is clearly an imperative. Call Systems Technology’s (CST) DeafCall fire alarm paging system is purpose-designed to provide critical alerts for the deaf and hard-of-hearing if there should be a fire, security alert or another critical situation developing at the premises.

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19 February 2023

MEDICAL AND safety technology products manufacturer Dräger – the business actively protecting, supporting and saving lives around the world in hospitals, Fire and Rescue Services, the Emergency Services and industry – will be exhibiting on Stand 3a/J12 at The Fire Safety Event 2023.

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19 February 2023

PRACTITIONERS WORKING on fire safety-related installation projects can now create takeoff estimates quickly and easily thanks to simPRO’s dedicated Takeoff add-on. Drawings may be associated directly with simPRO projects and lists of material estimates created with associated fit times. All of this detail may be updated directly into the simPRO project’s cost centres.

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26 January 2024

THE NEW Year is upon us, writes Tom Roche, which means many of us will be starting to plan our 2024 vacation, while others will be scheduling work trips. In booking your accommodation, though, have you ever spared a thought for fire safety? We normally take such important matters for granted in these premises. It’s well worth remembering why we shouldn’t.

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13 September 2022

JUNE 2022 witnessed the publication of the amended Part B of the Building Regulations and with it new mandatory requirements for evacuation planning. Here, Ken Bullock explains the changes in detail.

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11 July 2022

FOLLOWING THE Grenfell Tower disaster in June 2017, where 72 people lost their lives, high-rise building owners and operators across the UK have been charged with ensuring that fire safety and evacuation procedures are the absolute best they can be in their buildings. What’s the current state of play? Hochiki Europe has the detail.

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28 May 2022

ON TUESDAY 29 March at 10.30 am, Fire Safety Matters hosted another webinar in its ongoing CPD series. The focus on this occasion was ‘Flexible Evacuation Solutions to Meet BS 8629’. Brian Sims reviews what was said on the day by subject matter experts from webinar sponsor Advanced and Veritas Fire Support Services.

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28 May 2022

THE SUBJECT of competency in relation to fire safety was brought to the fore in the wake of Grenfell Tower and Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety. Here, Justin Maltby-Smith discusses the importance of confirming competency and individuals’ responsibilities within the ‘golden thread’ of fire safety.

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28 May 2022

WHEN IT comes to fire safety plans for buildings, where’s the right place to start? Is it a new build construction or a retrofit of an existing one? Whatever the scenario, each safety element has its place and a part to play. Here, Craig Stead focuses on emergency lighting and its importance in relation to overall safety and evacuation planning.

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11 October 2021

IN JUNE 2017, the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, a block of flats in West London, claimed the lives of 72 people. In the aftermath of the episode, questions were asked about the safety and security of high-rise buildings, writes Michael Knibbs.

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22 July 2021

‘Bridging the Gap Between Fire and Emergency Lighting Systems’ served as one of the latest webinars to run in Fire Safety Matters’ ongoing series. Taking place on Thursday 10 June at 10.30 am, the event was chaired and moderated by Mark Sennett (CEO at Western Business Media). Brian Sims outlines the main takeaways from the online session

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20 July 2021

WITH MORE and more manufacturers and businesses becoming aware of the importance of fire safety in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy and subsequent legislation (including the Fire Safety Act and the Building Safety Bill), greater steps are now being taken to ensure that all products in buildings are as fire-resistant as possible. However, an item that is usually overlooked in this area is the humble doormat, writes First Mats.

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14 July 2021

One absolutely key element of management plans for today’s built environment is to ensure that anyone resident in a given building who has mobility issues can be safely evacuated in the event of an emergency scenario. With this in mind, Gerard Wallace explains the legal framework before outlining Best Practice

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09 July 2021

What’s your level of understanding when it comes to the value of emergency and exit lighting? As Craig Stead explains, this isn’t a subject to be addressed at the end of a design process just because it’s deemed necessary. With proper planning and the right levels of investment, such lighting can save resources, money and, most importantly, people’s lives

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07 July 2021

Those industry professionals visiting Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre in early September to attend Nineteen Group’s Safety and Security Series will be privy to the UK’s largest group of events wholly dedicated to protecting people, property and assets. Here, Fire Safety Matters takes a look at what’s in store for practitioners at The Fire Safety Event

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07 July 2021

From 7-9 September, The Fire Safety Event makes a triumphal return to the NEC in Birmingham, with organiser Nineteen Events promising a show that’s bigger and better than ever. Here, Fire Safety Matters learns all about what’s on offer for visitors and seminar delegates from event director Tristan Norman

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25 April 2021

The benefits of dynamic emergency exit signage over conventional, passive ‘running man’ equivalents are proven and well established. As Alan Ward observes, such signage reduces risk, increases the safety factor and affords staff and visitors alike that all-important additional peace of mind

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04 March 2021

On Wednesday 3 March from 10.30 am until 11.30 am, Fire Safety Matters ran the latest instalment of the magazine’s ever-popular webinar series, this time around focusing on ‘Protecting High-Rise Residential Buildings from Fire’. Brian Sims reviews the key discussion points that emerged

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01 March 2021

Evacuation alert systems are a new type of fire alarm designed for the UK market and described in BS 8629. They’re just one of the many changes being made to the fire safety landscape in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy that occurred on 14 June 2017. Andy Scott evaluates the fine detail

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02 October 2020

Fire safety requirements for rail networks operating within airports pose a unique set of challenges for design teams and, indeed, demand specific management protocols given what can be large occupancy numbers combined with 24-hour services. Here, Tony Cash reviews the key factors considered for the Terminal Transit System at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5

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01 October 2020

BS 8629: Code of Practice for the Design, Installation, Commissioning and Maintenance of Evacuation Alert Systems for Use by Fire and Rescue Services in Buildings Containing Flats was the focus of a recent webinar on evacuation planning run by Fire Safety Matters in conjunction with Advanced. Brian Sims reports on the major points outlined in terms of Best Practice

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30 September 2020

THE RECENT publication of the Government’s draft Building Safety Bill confirms its commitment to putting safety at the heart of all future building design and development. Here, Ges Wallace discusses the document and what it could mean for the future of our built environment.

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01 September 2020

AS THE role of door hardware expands and fire safety continues to make the headlines, Karen Trigg outlines in detail the importance of hardware selection and reminds decision-makers of how routine checks can save lives.

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