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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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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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Life safety expert Baldwin Boxall joins Fire Industry Association

Life safety and voice alarm expert Baldwin Boxall has recently become a member of the Fire Industry Association (FIA). With over 800 members, the FIA is the largest fire protection-focused Trade Association in the UK. Its objective is to promote, improve and perfect fire protection methods, devices, services and apparatus through training and technical support as well as assist in the shaping of legislation and professional fire industry standards.

Baldwin Boxall’s sales and marketing director Nick Baldwin informed Risk Xtra: “Our own mission has always been to supply products and solutions that set the industry benchmark and to develop meaningful relationships with our customers so that they know we are a company upon whom they can rely. We feel that the FIA reflects those values and that we and our customers can only benefit from this move.”

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Baldwin Boxall provides a range of solutions for end users in charge of fire safety programme management, among them EN54 voice alarms, emergency voice communication systems, PA systems, room panels and Nurse Call solutions.

*Further information is available online at http://www.baldwinboxall.co.uk

 

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Hochiki Europe and FIA host industry discussion focused on life safety in HMOs

Hochiki Europe, the manufacturer of life safety solutions, has partnered with the Fire Industry Association (FIA) to host an in-depth discussion on Best Practice when it comes to life safety in Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMOs).

Panellists were made up of professionals involved throughout the life safety procurement chain, including representatives from the manufacturing, facilities management, consultancy/specification and installation sectors as well as the FIA itself.

The participants were Ian Watts (emergency lighting manager, Hochiki Europe), Richard Wharram (regional sales manager, Hochiki Europe), Will Lloyd (technical manager, FIA), David Thewlis (director, Rosse Systems) and independent electrical engineer Neil Wright. The event followed on from the release of Hochiki Europe’s most recent White Paper outlining several grey areas regarding different systems being installed in HMOs.

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During the discussion session, which was held at the FIA’s Training Centre in Hampton, London, panellists debated having exclusive Part 1 or Part 6 systems within HMOs and  the benefits of having mixed systems in place. The discussion also focused on perceived confusion around the definition of an HMO, as well as specific challenges for duty holders and Best Practice when selecting emergency lighting in these types of buildings.

Paul Adams, marketing manager at Hochiki Europe, chaired the pane discussion. Adams commented: “This was a necessary and worthwhile discussion which brought up some urgent issues for all parties that must be addressed if we are to protect people living in HMOs. The general consensus around the table was that education and upskilling engineers is paramount.”

Adams concluded: “The life safety sector has so many different requirements for different buildings, depending on their intended purpose, but it has become clear that there’s a severe lack of clarity within the industry when it comes to Best Practice. The guidance and support is out there. We just need to show people where to access it and why it’s so vitally important.”

*The key points and conclusions outlined in the HMO-focused discussions can be found on Hochiki Europe’s website. A video series concentrating on the panel can be found on YouTube

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Comelit offers five-year guarantee across range of fire detection solutions

Comelit UK is now offering a free five-year guarantee from the date of manufacture as standard across the company’s complete range of fire detection solutions.

The Italian security systems manufacturer, known for its high specification solutions, has brought to market in the UK an innovative range of automatic fire detection systems, including conventional and addressable panels, that have already proven successful with end users across Europe.

Already pledging its commitment to the sector by becoming a member of the Fire Industry Association and ensuring its complete fire detection systems range complies with all of the latest standards, Comelit’s new five-year guarantee provides further assurance and customer peace of mind.

Colin Smith, Comelit UK’s fire solutions manager, stated: “The launch of our fire detection range was a huge responsibility to meet market demand, and one that we continue to take very seriously. Our products aim to save lives and protect property from the risk of fire. The five-year guarantee endorses our commitment to our customers in providing reliable and quality fire detection systems.”

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Comelit’s fire detection range presents solutions to accommodate all building types and facility requirements, with the option to design bespoke systems for end users where necessary. Both the ATENA and ERACLE solutions feature smoke, heat and multi-sensor detectors as well as IP-rated devices including sounders and Call Points.

Also available is Comelit’s ATEX solutions that can be used in reference to zones where there’s a risk of explosion due to the nature of the atmosphere and the elements it may contain.

Each system is supplied with accessories to complete given installations.

*To find out more about Comelit’s Fire Division and the solutions offered visit https://www.comelitgroup.com/en-gb/

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Free seminars on BS 5839-1:2017 set to run at FIM Expo

Two free seminars on BS 5839-1:2017 will be available to attendees for this year’s FIM Expo, which takes place on Thursday 4 October at Doncaster Racecourse. The seminars will be presented by Fire Industry Association (FIA) technical manager Will Lloyd.

The seminars will cover the changes to BS 5839-1:2017 since the 2013 version and provide technical insight, as well as afford an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.  Attendees will be eligible to gain a Continuing Professional Development certificate.

Discover and learn about multi-sensors in escape routes, L2 and L3 systems, the use of manual Call Point covers, the ‘place of ultimate safety’ and how this affects placement of Call Points, communication with the Fire and Rescue Service, staff alarms, video fire detectors, types of fire detectors and their selection, the spacing and siting of automatic fire detectors, the siting of optical beam smoke detectors, power supplies and cabling and more.

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The Expo is being run by the FIA and boasts a range of fire detection and alarm manufacturers in attendance.

The morning seminar is at 11.00 am, with the afternoon seminar beginning at 2.00 pm.  Doors to the Expo open at 9.30 am and the event closes at 4.00 pm. Luncheon is free. Attendees will have many opportunities to network with other fire sector professionals.

Doncaster Racecourse is easily accessible from the A1 and M18 motorways if coming by car, or is a ten-minute taxi ride from Doncaster train station (where a taxi rank is available). Free parking on site is available for all attendees.

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Fire Industry Association to assess current fire industry market conditions

The Fire Industry Association (FIA) – the UK’s largest Trade Association for the fire safety sector – is to carry out its latest large-scale survey designed to assess the current market conditions within the UK fire market.

The Market Conditions Survey, which is conducted every year, asks businesses within the fire market to voice their opinions on various areas of trade, such as the number of orders and quotations provided, and tracks their views on the need for training and personnel.

The FIA is asking businesses working within the fire sector to contribute to the survey as this will form an essential piece of research and help when it comes to predicting the market trends within the industry.

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As an added incentive, the FIA is offering respondents to the survey the chance to win a £50 Amazon voucher. For those who are quick enough, the first 100 people to enter will be given two entries into the prize draw.

The FIA promises full confidentiality. No names or businesses will be singled out within the report.

To take part, click on the links below, depending on whether you or your business is a member or a non-member of the Trade Association.

*Members: https://r1.dotmailer-surveys.com/7416bb21-9f2ufcea

*Non-Members: https://r1.dotmailer-surveys.com/7416bb21-322ufb33

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Comelit fires up new division with FIA membership

Comelit UK has become a member of the Fire Industry Association (FIA) following the introduction of its new fire division, which is purpose-designed to complement the company’s renowned security portfolio.

The Italian door entry manufacturer, which is known for its high specification solutions, now offers a range of automatic fire detection systems, including conventional and addressable panels, that have proven successful across Europe.

Pledging its commitment to the sector, Comelit has become a member of the FIA. The latter is the largest fire protection Trade Association in the UK and influential in helping to promote and shape legislation and professional standards in the fire industry.

Colin Smith, fire manager at Comelit UK, said: “One of my first priorities in my new role was to ensure that Comelit joined the FIA. This was not only to cement our commitment to the fire industry, but also to define our position in alignment with an organisation that can set industry Best Practice, shape standards and influence legislation.”

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Smith continued: “I’m looking forward to attending the FIA’s networking events and conferences to raise awareness of our new fire division. We can present a portfolio of products that achieves the highest safety standards, without compromising on the style and aesthetics synonymous with the Comelit brand.”

Comelit will now be able to present its membership of the FIA by using the latter’s logo on all printed and digital media, in turn demonstrating its dedication to an organisation associated with quality, credibility and high industry standards.

Kat Schabowska, marketing executive at the FIA, explained: “The FIA has a duty to inform the public about good practice. Employers in particular are often confused about their responsibilities, and it’s our duty to provide the necessary guidance and requirements to achieve the standards. We’re delighted to welcome Comelit UK on board as it launches into the fire industry. What this demonstrates is a commitment to offering products and services of the highest standard and which achieve our strict membership criteria. We look forward to working with Colin and the team.”

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Next Generation Networks is focus of Euralarm Task Group Forum

The Europe-wide transition of traditional (ie PSTN) telecom networks towards all-IP communications networks that’s in different stages is having a significant impact on alarm signalling systems across countries. With this in mind, Euralarm’s Task Group on Next Generation Networks is now focusing on that transition.

Euralarm members the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and the Fire Industry Association are hosting a high-profile forum on how changes to the UK telecommunications network may affect the fire and security industry. The event will be held on Thursday 15 March at the offices of UBM in central London and offers the opportunity to hear from the experts about what the impact of the transition will be.

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Euralarm’s Task Group is also running a Workshop prior to the conference. To be held the day before, the Workshop is centred on developing an understanding of progress around Next Generation Networks across Europe. Members of the Task Group will consider what guidance and direction is of value to industry members and their customers going forward.

Euralarm members and other stakeholders and interested parties are invited to participate in the open forum, while the Workshop is for Euralarm members only.

More details about the Workshop can soon be found on the Euralarm website. Further information on the forum is available on the BSIA’s website.

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New date announced for free-to-attend BSIA/FIA-supported cyber security seminar

A free-to-attend, half-day seminar which aims to help security buyers and installers alike to navigate the complex world of cyber security is being held in Solihull on Thursday 2 November.

Organised by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and supported by the Fire Industry Association (FIA), the event will include presentations from a wide range of cyber security experts, with a particular focus on the potential vulnerabilities of ‘connected products’ – meaning any security product that can be accessed or operated remotely via the Internet (eg intruder alarms, video surveillance systems and access control solutions) – and how these vulnerabilities can be combated.

Delegates will be informed about the potential cyber risks facing their business, with presentations from the West Midlands Police’s digital cyber crime team and the Scottish Business Resilience Centre’s team of ‘ethical hackers’.

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Attendees will also find out how the BSIA’s ongoing work in the field of cyber security is helping the security industry to protect itself and its customers.

Finally, delegates will benefit from a summary of the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation, which is set to come into force in May 2018.

The seminar is open to security and fire solutions buyers and installers, or indeed anybody from either industry with an interest in improving their business’ cyber security and data protection policies.

Registration for the event will be open from 9.00 am, with presentations starting at 9.45 am and the event expected to finish at around 1.30 pm.

*A full programme and online booking forms for both delegates and exhibitors are available from the BSIA’s website

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Free seminar set to help buyers and installers improve cyber security

Helping security buyers and installers to navigate the complex world of cyber security is the aim of a forthcoming event organised by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA). Supported by the Fire Industry Association (FIA), the event takes place in Solihull on Wednesday 4 October.

This free-to-attend, half-day gathering will include presentations from a wide range of cyber security experts and offer a particular focus on the potential vulnerabilities of ‘connected products’ – meaning any security product (ie intruder alarms, video surveillance systems and access control) that could be accessed or operated remotely via the Internet – and how these vulnerabilities can be combated.

Delegates will be informed about the potential cyber risks facing their business, with presentations from the West Midlands Police digital cyber crime team and an engaging and surprising demonstration from the Scottish Business Resilience Centre’s team of ‘ethical hackers’.

Attendees will also find out how they can combat the cyber threats they face, with presentations outlining the benefits of the Government’s Cyber Essentials accreditation and introducing the BSIA’s ongoing work in the field of cyber security.

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Finally, delegates will benefit from a summary of the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is set to come into force in early 2018.

The event is open to security and fire solutions buyers and installers, or indeed anybody from either industry with an interest in improving their business’ cyber security and data protection policies.

Registration for the event will be open from 9.00 am, with presentations kicking off at 9.45 am and the event expected to finish at around 1.30 pm. A full programme and online booking forms for both delegates and exhibitors are available on the BSIA’s website at: https://www.bsia.co.uk/events.aspx

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