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Fire Safety North debuts in Manchester

01 August 2017

Fire Safety North makes its debut at EventCity Manchester on 10-11 October offering an unparalleled line-up of free CPD-accredited seminar sessions, writes the show’s Content Director Mark Sennett

Fire Safety North is the ideal place to network with like-minded professionals and to share best practice. The event is being supported by key industry associations including the Institute of Fire Safety Managers (IFSM), Institution of Fire Engineers, British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association, Association for Specialist Fire Protection, National Association of Healthcare Fire Officers and the Association of Insurance Surveyors (AiS). Both the AiS and IFSM will be hosting open meetings on 10 October at Fire Safety North and all delegates are also welcome to attend these sessions.

Delegates will be treated to more than 14 hours of free educational content that is being split across two theatres – The Fire Safety Keynote Theatre (Sponsored by Advanced) and the Fire and Evacuation Theatre (Sponsored by Fire and Security Matters magazine).

In addition, delegates are invited to attend breakfast briefings on both days where they will enjoy a bacon roll, refreshments while networking and enjoying sessions on understanding passive fire protection (10 October) and tall building fires (11 October). The sessions start at 8am, which is an hour before the doors open, and will then provide attendees with an exclusive first look at the exhibition.

CPD hours are available for all the seminar sessions and the content line-up is not to be missed. Day one will focus on complying with legislation with delegates invited to take part in a fire safety mock trial. Leading fire safety prosecutor Warren Spencer will lead the prosecution against a defendant in a case under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, while a leading barrister will attempt to convince the jury of the defendant’s innocence. Delegates will then be given the opportunity to be judge and jury – so make sure you don’t miss out on this lively and interactive demonstration of life in a court room for fire safety offences.

Warren Spencer has prosecuted more than 100 cases under the Fire Safety Order and in a separate seminar he will share some of the most common pitfalls that have led to prosecutions against companies across the UK.

In another interactive session, experienced fire safety trainer Roy Smith will deliver a live chemical explosion demonstration, which will show the devastating effects of not safely storing chemicals.

Day two will provide a focus on protecting tall buildings and the lessons that can be learned from the recent Grenfell Tower fire. As mentioned, the breakfast briefing will focus on how to prevent tall building fires with presentations from BAFSA on the need for sprinklers, Safety Technology International's Chris Hyndman will explain the need for reliable detection systems and Sean Quinn from FireVu will focus on evacuation during a fire. 

Our 11:30am tall buildings session will feature Institution of Fire Engineers chief executive Neil Gibbins talking about his submission to the Grenfell Inquiry and what changes need to be made to the Building Regulations. Gerda’s Andrew Thompson will talk about the performance of fire doors and how they can protect the premises and occupants during a major fire. 

The Welsh government will also deliver an address about how it successfully passed legislation that makes it a legal requirement to install sprinklers in all new buildings. There will also be sessions on how to eliminate false alarms and the role of the responsible person.

Fire Safety North is co-located with the long-established Health and Safety North and there will be more than 130 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and innovations in the fire and health and safety sectors. Fire Safety North will feature leading brands such as Advanced, Apollo, Johnson Controls, C-Tec, Wagner, Gerda, FirePro, Kingspan, Patol, Fike, Safety Technology International, Evac+Chair, EMS, Jactone, BT Redcare and many more.

You can attend Fire Safety North for FREE! For more information or to register to attend visit www.firesafetyevents.com