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Sitting alongside the industry-leading FIREX International event, IFSEC Global aims to provide professionals with the latest news, legislative updates and opinions from the world of fire safety – particularly focused on the UK market.

Fire safety has always been vitally important, and much of the current UK regulation stems from the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (currently under consultation). The issue was very much thrown into the public spotlight in the UK following the events of the Grenfell Tower Fire, which led to the tragic deaths of 72 of its residents. The fallout of the disaster continues to be felt in the sector today, and at the time of writing, the Public Inquiry is currently in its second phase of assessing what caused the events on the night of the 14th June 2017.

Legislation is now moving at greater pace in the fire safety and construction sector than ever before (though many have argued not quickly enough), with the Fire Safety Bill and Building Safety Bill both set to be implemented sometime in 2021. Keep up to date with these two key legislative developments at the links below:

Below, you will find critical guides to support in efforts to improve fire safety standards, while our latest news section covers breaking stories and updates to legislation that will impact on everyone from property owners, to fire safety consultants and fire risk assessors. You can also download IFSEC Global’s Fire Safety 2021 eBook here, which rounds up all the biggest stories of 2020.

 

Fire safety guides from IFSEC Global


Firefighting apprenticeships in England – the view from apprentices

To coincide with the 16th annual National Apprenticeship Week, SFJ Awards spoke to firefighting apprentices across the country. Read More

“Contingency” hotel crisis tightens focus on fire risk

Exploring the impact of "contingency" hotel plans and unpredictable scenarios resulting from them on fire risk and safety. Read More

IFE and Fire Service College join forces to encourage apprentices into fire engineering sector

The Institution of Fire Engineers has joined forces with The Fire Service College to boost the number of new entrants to the profession. Read More

Designing and installing cavity barriers for timber frame buildings: What you need to know

Why cavity barriers are imperative in timber framed buildings and key considerations when designing and installing these elements. Read More

Developers given six-week deadline to sign remediation contract to fix unsafe buildings

Michael Gove has given developers a hard deadline of six weeks to sign a legal agreement committing them to fixing unsafe buildings. Read More

Halma announces acquisition of Thermocable

Halma has announced its acquisition of Thermocable for its safety sector fire detection company, Apollo Fire Detectors. Read More

Fire at £1bn pharmaceutical AstraZeneca global R&D facility leaves many questions unanswered

A fire at the AstraZeneca R&D facility in Cambridge poses questions about the accuracy and availability of information of fire incidents. Read More

Fire system installed to protect spiritual retreat

C-TEC’s CAST XFP fire system has been installed at a spiritual retreat in Llangollen, North Wales. Read More

Evacuation alert system fitted to protect residents in Merseyside social housing

Advanced has supplied an evacuation alert system to two high-rise residential tower blocks in Merseyside following fire safety improvements. Read More

‘If you put your family in that building, would you be happy with it?’ – Andy Frankum discusses the road ahead for fire safety in social housing

IFSEC Global sits down with Andy Frankum, Chair of the NSHFSG to discuss building and fire safety in 2023. Read More