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James Moore is the Editor of IFSEC Global, the leading online publication for security and fire news in the industry. James writes, commissions, edits and produces content for IFSEC Global, including articles, breaking news stories and exclusive industry reports. He liaises and speaks with leading industry figures, vendors and associations to ensure security and fire professionals remain abreast of all the latest developments in the sector.
May 5, 2022

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FIREX welcomes the National Social Housing Fire Strategy Group – Dedicated seminar sessions for housing association and local authorities to attend

With fire safety in social housing now a major area of discussion in the national agenda, FIREX is delighted to welcome the National Social Housing Fire Strategy Group (NSHFSG) and its members to this year’s show at ExCeL. Based on the Aico stand FI2020, the group will welcome all members to the show as well as anyone with a professional interest in ensuring social housing assets are fully compliant and safe environments for their occupants.

FireSafetyHousing-logoThere will be opportunities to attend conference sessions in the ExCeL South Gallery Suites 15 and 16 on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th May. The key topics under discussion will include the future of IOT, standards competency and technology, how regulations and standards are setting the bar, translating policy into safer outcomes and, most importantly, what does leadership and collaboration look like.

On Wednesday 18th May at 14:15 Andy Frankum, Chair of the NSHFSG, will also be hosting a seminar in the Expertise & Guidance Theatre on the show floor. The session is titled, The social housing sector – What are the challenges in improving fire safety standards? and is free to attend for all FIREX visitors.

Social housing will play a major role in FIREX this year, with the seminar sessions in the Expertise & Guidance Theatre focusing on many relevant areas, such as the digitisation of the golden thread, IoT in fire safety, controlled evacuation and the impact of legislative changes to the Fire Safety Order. In addition, there will be a wealth of new relevant technologies from leading manufacturers such as C-TEC, Hochiki, Aico, Fireco, Kentec, Vimpex and GERDA, plus a major showstopper from EVACSTAC.

FIREX 2022 – National Social Housing Fire Strategy Group Conference Programme

This programme is available to all those working in housing associations or local authorities in England. All sessions are interactive with two-way participation to identify the change that is needed to create safer healthier homes.

Please visit the Aico stand at FI2020 to register your place.

Andy Frankum – Chair of the National Social Housing Fire Strategy Group

17th May 2022

Registration and explore co-located shows on the floor

  • Time: 10:00 – 11:15
  • Location: Aico stand FI2020

Visit the Aico stand FI2020 to speak with NSHFSG members to register for the conference and learn more about Aico HomeLink

The future of IoT, data in social housing is here, are you ready for it?

  • Time: 11:30 – 12:30
  • Location: Gallery Suite 15 & 16

How can IoT develop Healthier, Safer Homes? How do we use the data from the sensors to support and inform strategic decisions, as well support resident engagement?

This session will provide an in-depth exploration of the new Aico HomeLink system that brings those latest technologies and analytics to help landlords achieve their strategic goals. Sharing of best practices from other housing associations and local authorities.

Visit co-located shows on the floor

  • Time: 12:45 – 15:00

Don’t forget to pay a visit to the Aico stand FI2020. NSHFSG will be upstairs. Come and say hello!

What does the future hold and what needs to happen?

  • Time: 15:15 – 16:00
  • Location: Gallery Suite 15 & 16

Are there key areas that we need to focus on to develop happy, safe healthy homes and safer outcomes?

This is a two-way panel discussion with members of the NSHFSG Executive on what is required. NSHFSG has formulated a model consisting of Standards, Competence, Technology, Operational Delivery and Culture – and the group wants to know your thoughts. This is a great opportunity to ask the executive panel questions on anything fire related. One not to miss!


18th May 2022

Keynote Address: Chair of NSHFSG and supporter Aico  

  • Time: 09:15 – 09:35
  • Location: Gallery Suite 15 & 16

Join our Chair and supporter who will be setting the scene for an exciting day of interactive sessions that explore the key challenges and solutions, identify, share good practices through collaborative working, and provide the foundation for setting a strategy to drive change.


  • Andy Frankum – Chair of the National Social Housing Fire Strategy Group
  • Tina Mistry – Relationships Manager, Aico

FIREX attendees can register for sessions on the Aico stand

Are regulations and standards really setting the bar?

  • Time: 09:35 – 10:25
  • Location: Gallery Suite 15 & 16

Are the current regulations, and standards fit for purpose, and do we need them to hold ourselves accountable, or do they need to be more sector-led and self-regulated?

This session will explore how standards are formed and produced, whether the sector is ready for self-regulation, what the current barriers are, and who should be involved in developing standards in the future. How do we incorporate technical advances into standards and regulations?

Visit co-located shows on the floor

  • Time: 10:30 – 13:00
  • Location – Aico stand FI2020

Don’t forget to pay a visit to the Aico stand FI2020. NSHFSG will be upstairs. Come and say hello!

How are we translating policy into safer outcomes for residents?

  • Time: 13:10 – 13:55
  • Location – Gallery Suite 15 & 16

How do we, as a sector, bring our policies to life to develop safer homes for the resident we serve? How are we engaging residents through the journey to ensure that feel and are kept safe?

This session will explore what good practices exist within the sector, whether compliance delivers on this, how greater consistency can be achieved and how that might be measured.

The social housing sector – What are the challenges in improving fire safety standards?

  • Time: 14:15 – 15:00
  • Location: FIREX Expertise and Guidance Theatre

An in-depth look into the state of fire safety in the social housing sector, and the key challenges involved with engaging with residents and responsible persons.

What does leadership and collaborative working look like in the future?

  • Time: 15:30 – 16:15
  • Location – Gallery Suite

What and where does this leadership need to come from? Does it necessarily need to be a Chief Executive or Leader of a Council or does it sit with everyone involved including the supply chain?

This session will explore what good leadership is, what collaborative working looks like, and explore whether a model-based system could help to encourage safer outcomes.


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The eBook also features an exclusive foreword from the Fire Industry Association's Ian Moore, and a look at how the sector embraces systemic change in attitudes to risk and safety.

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