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August 11, 2020

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FIM Expo in Northern Ireland moved to March 2021

Originally due to take place in March 2020, the FIA will now be hosting its very first Northern Ireland Fire Industry Conference (NIFIC) between 16-17th March 2021.

The Northern Ireland Fire Industry Conference will now take place in March 2021 at the Titanic Centre in Belfast,  a monument to Belfast’s maritime heritage on the site of the former Harland & Wolff shipyard in the city’s Titanic Quarter where the RMS Titanic was built.

The decision to move the event was made after consultation with members, the venue and after listening to the latest scientific and political advice, explains the FIA. During the week, the associaiton will being together the Fire Industry Manufacturers (FIM) Expo, Northern Ireland Fire Industry Conference (NIFIC) and training to the area.

The new schedule is detailed below:

  • 16th March: FIM Expo
  • 17th March: Northern Ireland Fire Industry Conference (NIFIC)
  • 15-18th March: Training sessions

The FIA is keen to offer all industry stakeholders the opportunity to keep up to date with the latest developments, which is key “in today’s competitive and ever-changing industry”, says the FIA. The conference agenda has been designed to be relevant to all individuals working in the fire trade, from installation to fire risk assessments.

FIA-logoThe NIFIC is set to provide a whole host of varied and important topics to engage with. There is a selection of topics, starting with a discussion around competency, which is currently the most important word in the industry, argues the FIA. Followed by two seminars on BS 5839-1:2017 and its equally important counterpart BS 5839 – 6. This serves an opportunity to better understand these standards; both recognised as being at the forefront of every decision made on the: design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire detection and alarm systems, highlights the Association. Just before the buffet lunch, you can hear from businesses who are behind a selection of industry changing innovations.

In the afternoon, NIFIC will cover all the transformational recommendations and changes that will come from Dame Judith Hackitt’s ‘Building a Safer Future: Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety’. The conference will then explore a variety of the FIA’s research projects where it has collaborated with its members and other organisations to discover meaningful insights into the industry.

The NIFIC will be free to attend for all delegates and all seminars that take place will count towards attendee Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours.

Why attend FIM Expo?

Featuring a number of the UK’s leading fire detection and alarm manufacturers, the FIA encourages anyone involved in the following to attend:

  • installation/maintenance of fire detection and alarm systems
  • has the responsibility for fire detection/alarm systems in a building
  • specification of fire protection systems in new buildings

FIM Expo is free to attend and visitors are welcome to drop in throughout the day. Around 20 exhibitors will provide access to key manufacturers, while the show also offers opportunities for networking and education, with seminars covering crucial industry standards.

The event is just one part of the FIA’s Northern Ireland Week, designed in line with its principal objectives, which will cover the most pressing subjects in the fire industry. The agenda is as follows:

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