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SSAIB praises registered firm PLP Fire Protection for playing vital role at NHS Nightingale Hospital

The Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB) has been full of praise for one of its registered firms, namely PLP Fire Protection, which has been providing invaluable assistance in the building of the Government’s first emergency field hospital at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre in London’s Docklands.

The temporary NHS Nightingale Hospital has been established to treat up to 4,000 Coronavirus patients, with Dorset-based PLP Fire Protection helping to transform ExCeL (which was due to host IFSEC International and FIREX International next month before the COVID-19 pandemic forced a reschedule) into a working hospital in just nine days.

BAFE SP203-registered PLP Fire Protection has worked diligently with 160-plus other contractors – as well as 200 British Army engineers – to complete the astonishing transformation.

Company director Rob Beeching has revealed just how hard the work has been for him and the various members of his team, whom he has nothing but praise for in what had been a tough week for them all. Replying to an email from Fire Industry Association CEO Ian Moore, Beeching stated: “Quite honestly, this week has been hell. We were literally brought back to site on Monday morning and had the most unrealistic time to make sure the initial 500-bed section was installed and signed off. The effort from my team and the sub-contractors has been incredible. I’m so proud of them all.”

Beeching added: “We have even had tears from some of our guys, but proud tears. Working conditions have been very tough, both physically and mentally. I have been arriving back home at midnight most days this week. Then I just feel like breaking down. It has been an emotional rollercoaster for sure.”

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Intensive care scenario

With the initial 500 beds in place, the NHS Nightingale Hospital will care for patients with the virus in intensive care who have been transferred from other London hospitals. The building work continues in order to make sure the space is sorted for the other 3,500 beds planned, but Beeching insisted that he would not force his committed team to continue to work if they were worried about being in close proximity to the virus.

On that note, Beeching observed: “We were told by a representative from the World Health Organisation that, once patients start arriving, although they will be sectioned off by a wall, we would still be working in adjacent halls. They said we would be completely safe. I wasn’t going to force any of my guys to carry on working if they didn’t feel comfortable with the arrangements but, when I asked for a show of hands in terms of who wanted to continue, 80% raised their hands. They’re all in this until the end and feel they cannot leave the site until the job is completed.”

In conclusion, Beeching said: “Even our suppliers have been personally delivering the equipment that we need to site. We are so grateful. The help being offered from so many people has been amazing.”

SSAIB CEO Alex Carmichael informed Fire Safety Matters and Security Matters: “It’s great to see SSAIB-registered firm PLP Fire Protection assisting with the construction of the NHS Nightingale Hospital and I have to commend the company for its dedicated effort during this difficult time.”

Carmichael continued: “On behalf of everyone here at the SSAIB, I want to thank Rob and the rest of his team for their heroic commitment to helping the NHS in this way and as they continue to assist with the creation of more beds at the facility. I hope they all remain safe while completing this vital work.”

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Major industry players pledge exclusive support for IFSEC International 2014

IFSEC International, organised by UBM Live, is excited to announce an extensive range of industry leaders that will be exclusively showcasing their latest solutions at IFSEC International 2014.

Providing unrivalled access to the entire buying chain, this is the exclusive opportunity for the industry to network with the largest selection of leading businesses only exhibiting at IFSEC International (which runs at ExCeL, London, from 17-19 June 2014.

Major players that have pledged exclusive support include: Everfocus, Teledata, Sicura, Altron, CCTV Direct, RISCO, Anixter, Pyronix, IDIS, VideoIQ, Merit LILIN, Paxton, TDSi and many more.

As an established show for more than 40 years, IFSEC International has listened to its communities who value this unrivalled environment to do business.

Research shows that a staggering 92% of exhibitors said that IFSEC International is their preferred event as they know it’s the only place to engage with the very best in the industry.

Moving to London in 2014 is seeing major growth as the show will attract even more trade visitors and end users from both the national and international stages, as well as visitors from the co-located events FIREX International (which is returning as an annual show), Safety & Health Expo, the Facilities Show and Energy & Environment Expo.

Testimonials from the leading companies

Mark Raine, managing director at CCTV Direct, confirmed exclusive support. “CCTV Direct is delighted to be exclusively supporting IFSEC International as the only security-focused exhibition we will be attending in 2014,” said Raine.

“I believe that with the pedigree of IFSEC International, the hundreds of exhibitors already committed to the event matched with the endless new possibilities of being in London means it will be the best IFSEC International for years. CCTV Direct will be exhibiting there bigger and better than ever before!”

IFSEC International is dentified by the security industry as the go-to destination where brand new products, solutions and services are launched for the first time.

Brian Song, director at IDIS, commented: “IDIS is delighted to be exclusively supporting IFSEC International in its new home at London’s ExCeL. We are truly excited for the event and look forward to meeting new customers as well as the many clients we met at IFSEC International 2013.”

Rapid advancements in technology allow the annual show to represent the latest industry trends and help professionals keep on top of the latest developments by providing an array of education.

As a premier exhibitor and education partner, Steve Anson (vice-president of marketing for the EMEA region at Anixter) said: “Anixter welcomes IFSEC International’s move to London in 2014. London is the centre of UK and international business, and with more and more businesses realising the benefits of running their security applications on the IP network, the venue change is a logical one.”

As the support continues to roll in, Gary Mercer – sales director with VideoIQ UK – explained: “VideoIQ has decided to exclusively return to IFSEC International in 2014 because we believe London will provide the perfect selling platform for us, both nationally and internationally. IFSEC International 2014 is a key part of our marketing strategy next year, and we’re confident that it will enable us to achieve our objectives and assist in our continued expansion.”

Adding to this, Jason Hill, the group vice-president at Merit LILIN UK, confirmed: “It’s extremely important for us to meet the right target audience when we attend events. With IFSEC International’s move to London, we believe this is the only platform to showcase our full range of products.”

Exclusive partnerships with the leading industry associations

Exclusive partnerships have been confirmed with leading associations who have recognised IFSEC International as the only event to fully serve the industry. These associations include the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), the Fire Industry Association (FIA), the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM), the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA).

BSIA CEO James Kelly

BSIA CEO James Kelly

James Kelly, CEO at the BSIA, explained: “The BSIA is delighted to have renewed its exclusive partnership with UBM around IFSEC International as the industry’s leading event for cementing and nurturing relationships across the buying chain. In an increasingly competitive global marketplace, IFSEC International’s new London base will serve to further enhance its attractiveness to overseas buyers as well as putting it on the doorstep of Government.”

Charlie Cracknell, event director for IFSEC International, said: “With more than 500 signed and contracted exhibitors providing exclusive support from key industry names, we are more than 15% ahead year-on-year. The return of so many major brands to the 91% sold out floor plan highlights the hugely positive response to the show moving to London. In addition, we have designed a vast range of brand new interactive features and the high level education programme is fully underway. Our attendees are going to experience the event like never before!”

IFSEC International event director Charlie Cracknell

IFSEC International event director Charlie Cracknell

*To view the significant amount of support for IFSEC International visit: http://www.ifsec.co.uk/support2014

**For more information about IFSEC International 2014 and to register your interest in attending visit: http://www.ifsec.co.uk

***To discuss stand and sponsorship at IFSEC International 2014 contact Tristan Norman (group sales manager) e-mail: tristan.norman@ubm.com or telephone 020 7921 8285

****To discuss speaker opportunities in the IFSEC Academy conference theatres contact Brian Sims, Media Solutions Manager for UBM Live’s Security and Fire Portfolio (e-mail: brian.sims@ubm.com or call 07500 606013)

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