Adam Bannister

Editor, IFSEC Global

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Adam Bannister is editor of IFSEC Global. A former managing editor at Dynamis Online Media Group, he has been at the helm of the UK's leading fire and security publication since 2014.
August 14, 2019

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FIREX 2019

WATCH: Compliance and the ‘golden thread’ with Gerda Security

Andrew Thompson, business development manager for Gerda Security, spoke to FIREX TV about how compliance and the ‘golden thread’ of accountability and traceability guide Gerda’s design, manufacture and supply processes.

Gerda Security is a UK manufacturer of fire safety and security products and services. This includes flat-entrance doorsets, also discussed in the video below, and the subject of guidance published by DHF, SBD and FIA.

The independently-owned Gerda group of companies supplies products for buildings in sectors including housing, property management, residential care, transport & infrastructure, heritage, manufacturing, healthcare, environmental, commerce and leisure. They work closely with leading authorities in fire safety and the Fire & Rescue Service nationwide as well as Secured by Design, the official UK police initiative aimed at ‘designing out crime’.

Gerda tests its product ranges extensively with the help of UKAS-accredited test houses to achieve third-party certification with recognised UK notified bodies.

Fire doors PODCAST: Gerda’s Zoe Bond joins Dave Calvert and Tom Gilbert

In the podcast below, topics included fire door tests, double-sided door issues and residents’ understanding and misunderstandings of fire doors.


At FIREX 2018 Gerda highlighted the dangers of smoke with live demonstrations.

Andrew Thompson spoke to FIREX TV about what the tests involve and what they can tell us about the dangers posed by smoke when fire breaks out. He also shows the contrast in effectiveness between a fully compliant Gerda fire door and one from another brand.

The Future of Fire Safety: download the eBook

Is the fire protection industry adapting to the post-Grenfell reality fast enough? At FIREX International 2019, Europe's only dedicated fire safety event, some of the world's leading fire safety experts covered this theme. This eBook covers the key insights from those discussions on the developments shaping the profession, with topics including:

  • Grenfell Inquiry must yield “bedrock change” – and soon
  • After Grenfell: Jonathan O’Neill OBE on how austerity and policy “on the hoof” are hampering progress
  • Hackitt’s Golden Thread: Fire, facilities and building safety
  • Fire safety community has to “get on board” with technological changes

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