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Architects Often Overlook Construction Workers’ Fire Safety: Fire-Safety Professional

Fire-safety professional Andrew Furness reflects on his Olympics involvement, how construction workers aren’t afforded the same protection as occupants of completed buildings and why the UK needs more sprinklers. Former firefighter Furness founded Salvus Consulting Ltd 15 years ago in recognition of the need for more integration between fire safety and health and safety services. Salvus Consulting provides consultancy services and tailored, […]
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Cannabis Factory Exposed by Birmingham Fire

A fire that triggered the closure of one of Birmingham’s busiest roads has led police to a cannabis factory. Firefighters were called to the blaze in a parade of shops in South Yardley, South Birmingham on Monday. The A45 was closed to allow firefighters to use a hydraulic platform. Police found 75 cannabis plants in […]
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Fire Service Cuts Felt as Response Times Rise in Capital

Despite the closure of some 10 fire stations last year and the loss of 550 firefighters’ jobs more London wards are achieving six-minute target response time for the first fire engine’s arrival. But if that seems counter-intuitive then new data given to London Assembly members also revealed that the average response time for the city has […]
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Video of Fireworks Factory Explosion – Two People Killed

Two people have died after a fireworks factory exploded in Stafford. A former kickboxing champion and father of one, Simon Hillier, died along with another unnamed victim after thousands of rockets exploded at the SP Fireworks warehouse on Friday night. Four others were injured with one person critically ill in hospital. Other employees escaped unharmed after a […]
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Download Infographic-Based FIA Reports 2014

More than one in three (37%) fire-safety businesses have reported an increase in tenders requiring third-party certification, according to the Fire Industry Association’s (FIA) third Market Condition Review. The report, which you can download here, is a biannual ‘snapshot’ of the fire protection market. The FIA has also produced a separate report – also infographic-based – […]
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Customised Fire Points Launched by Bull Products

Customers can specify the size of their stand or trolley – for instance, making it small enough to fit through a narrow doorway - then choose fire equipment and alarms before adding necessary safety signage and company names and logos.
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Security & Fire Excellence Awards 2014: Finalists Announced

Axis Communications’ first foray into the access control market and the Belong Village Concept by Exova Warringtonfire are among the finalists for this year’s Security & Fire Excellence Awards. Attracting a record number of entries competition was certainly fierce. The judges have pored over the submissions and whittled them down to the 2014 Finalists. Organised […]
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Fire Engineering in the ‘Cheesegrater': London Landmark Case Study

Colloquially known as the ‘Cheesegrater’ the sloped glass and steel Leadenhall Building has fast become an iconic part of the London skyline. Sat opposite Lloyd’s of London the building contains 610,000 sq ft of office space and incorporates 18,000 tonnes of steel with components made and assembled far and wide and developed by British Land […]
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Dubai Fire Testing Lab: A Case Study

Register to visit IFSEC & OSH Arabia 2014 now When: 2-4 November Where: RICEC, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Thomas Bell-Wright International Consultants (TBWIC) is a privately held engineering firm providing independent quality assurance and testing services from its laboratory based in Dubai. Started in 1995 by Tom Bell-Wright, the business provides specialist third-party consulting to architects and […]
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Government Signals Further Integration of Blue Light Services

Home Secretary Theresa May has sounded a warning that the fire, ambulance and police services will have to share even more functions and operations to save money. In a speech on police reform made to the Reform think tank the Home Secretary mooted further merging of the ‘blue light’ services as the UK’s tries to shrink a large deficit and […]
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Every Fire System Designer Should Have a Little Black Book

Designing an effective fire detection and alarm system is not an easy task – that’s why it would be handy to have just the right amount of information in one place. A Little Black Book, for instance, that would instantly rescue someone searching for the right detector for a particularly challenging environment or unsure which […]
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Shout it Out: PAVA Systems are the Voice of Fire Safety

It’s an awkward truth that when fire alarms sound many people stay put and wait to see what those around them do, even in small buildings. Indeed, Notifier research found that while most people said they expected to hear a bell in the event of fire, only 13% would respond. In fact, more than a quarter […]
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Fire Door Safety Week: Don’t Forget Your Emergency Exit Doors too!

Although final exits doors are not fire doors in the true sense, they are very important in the ultimate evacuation of a building during a fire. I know I’m stating the obvious here, but for good reason: we’ve encountered final exit doors during our site inspection work or fire-risk assessment audits where the door is locked […]
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IFSEC & OSH Arabia to Showcase FIA Export Council-backed FIREX Pavilion

IFSEC & OSH Arabia serves the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) as the leading event connecting the top security, safety and fire purchasers in an industrial security market worth over $4 billion annually. More than 5,000 attendees recognise the show as a destination where commercial and government buyers, professionals from across Saudi Arabia, will gather […]
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Apollo Fire Detectors Q&A on IFSEC Southeast Asia

With anticipation building for the Southeast Asia region's biggest security and fire show, we quizzed Apollo Fire Detectors' head of international sales, Eva Kosanovic, about what to expect from the Uk's largest independent manufacturer of fire detectors.
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False Alarms: CFOA Issues Fresh Guidance

New CFOA guidance is proposing stronger partnerships between the responsible person in a premises, alarm receiving and monitoring centres, the industry sector responsible for the design, installation, servicing and maintenance of systems and fire and rescue services (FRS).
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FRAs Complying Fully With National Framework, Says Secretary of State

Fire and Rescue Authorities’ (FRA) have made strong progress with compliance with the Fire and Rescue National Framework for England, a report by the Department for Communities and Local Government has concluded. The report, which is published every two years as stipulated under the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004, states that the Secretary of State […]
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A Heartbreaking History of Victorian Pier Fires

The fire that gutted Eastbourne pier’s Grade II listed Victorian dome is the latest in a litany of blazes on seaside piers down the years. From the 1976 blaze on Southend Pier to the 2010 Hastings fire, below are documented five fires that have destroyed well over a century’s of history’s in a few short […]
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Scottish FRS to Face Trial over Firefighter’s Death

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) faces a three-month trial under the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 after a firefighter died on duty in Edinburgh five years ago. Ewan Williamson died after becoming trapped in a toilet on the ground floor while tackling a basement blaze at the Balmoral Bar in July […]
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Raising Fire-Engineering Standards, Saving Lives

Fire protection requirements must evolve as modern urban building spaces become increasingly flexible. Bob Glendenning of Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings EMEA examines fire engineering issues in today’s complex structures.
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Infographic: IFSEC TV & FIREX TV in Numbers

Exhibitors at IFSEC & FIREX International 2014 broadcast their technologies to 40,000-plus visitors and nearly 30,000 online viewers as IFSEC & FIREX TV made its debut. Streamed on IFSEC.co.uk, FIREX.co.uk and IFSEC Global.com as well as being broadcast on huge screens around the exhibition halls, the live broadcasts were watched by people both inside and outside the […]
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The Top 10 Bizarre Fire Escape Chutes

Spiral slides, chutes big enough for mattresses, internal and external shafts, chutes that can be quickly dropped into place when needed, ridiculously steep angles, pipes and half-pipes, or even a net – these are some of the weird and wonderful fire escape chutes found around the world. Click here to see the pictorial evidence. Don’t […]
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Supported Housing Fire & Co Safety Solutions from Aico

Supported Housing is a term used to describe residential solutions for vulnerable people to maintain their dignity, be part of a community and maintain their independence in a safe environment. This means that their homes may require adaptation to accommodate these needs – that includes the need of being safe from fire or Carbon Monoxide […]
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