FIREX 2018

9/11 and Hurricane Katrina first responder confirmed as keynote for Tall Building Fire Safety Conference

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A first responder to 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina has been confirmed as keynote speaker the fifth International Tall Building Fire Safety Conference.

Organised by the Tall Building Fire Safety Network, the event will take place at ExCeL London during FIREX International between 19-21 June 2018.

Keynote speaker Curtis Massey is founder of Massey Enterprises, which creates disaster pre-plans and mobile technology solutions for buildings across North America. MEI’s clients include most of the largest real estate firms and the highest profile assets throughout 70 cities.

A world-renowned fire service instructor, Curtis trains many of the largest city fire departments in advanced high-rise operations. He is a 20-year veteran of the fire service, and a frequent lecturer at fire conferences and real estate organization meetings, including BOMA. Curtis was a first
responder to the World Trade Center collapse on 9/11 and New Orleans during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He is recognized within media
circles as an authority in fire safety, and has been interviewed numerous times on TV and in print.

The full schedule is as follows.

Day 1: Tuesday 19 June 2018 – Fire Engineering, Design and Fire Testing in Tall Buildings

Sponsored by C-TEC

  • 09:45 Delegates to be seated
  • 10:00 Official opening – (TBC)
  • 10:10 Keynote – Justin Francis, Queensland Fire Service, Australia. Churchill Fellowship Study into
    Evacuation from Tall Buildings
  • 10:50 Conor Logan, Colt – What can go wrong with Smoke Control Installations
  • 11:20 MC Hui – Single point of failure and inter-relationship between stair pressurisation
    system and evacuation strategy for tall buildings
  • 11:50 Romain Hourqueig, WSP – Case study of lift/elevator evacuation strategy
  • 12:20 Dr. Jim Glocking (FPA) – will discuss the latest findings from FPA research following the
    Grenfell Tower Fire; The suitability of the current BS8414 test in testing external cladding, The concept of a
    perfect build versus the standard fitted build, Improvements in fire load of materials to aid real life scenario
  • 12:50 Panel Discussion
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Merlyn Forrer, (GMFRS) – Fire Testing of Tall Building Façade Systems.
  • 14:40 Tony Ryan, Kingspan – Fire Performance of Insulated Panel & Rainscreen Façade Systems
  • 15:10 Ian Moore, FIA – Can technology help to detect and extinguish fires in high rise buildings?
  • 15:40 Zachary Magnone, Johnson Controls – Exterior Fire Protection for High-Rise Buildings
  • 16:10 Panel Discussion
  • 17:00 Conference Day 1 closes

Day 2: Wednesday 20 June 2018 – Fire Safety Management and Insurance in Tall Buildings

Sponsored by Kingspan

  • 09:45 Delegates to be seated
  • 10:00 Official opening – John Scott, The Shard
  • 10:10 Russ Timpson – Tall Building Fire Safety Management 10:50 Gary Howe (Zurich Insurance) – Property protection principles for Tall Buildings
  • 11:20 Tom Gilbert (Frankhams) – Managing Buildings with high fire hazard facades
  • 11:50 Yi Wang (FM Global) – Evaluating the Fire Performance of Facade Assemblies – comparisons and findings using ANSI/FM4880
  • 12:20 Gary Strong (RICS) – CTBUH Fire and Façade Working Group
  • 12:50 Panel Discussion
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Stewart Kidd – Tall Building Construction Fire Safety.
  • 14:40 Prof. Ed Galea – Evacuation Strategies from Tall Construction Sites
  • 15:10 Niall Rowan (ASFP) Construction Fire Compartmentation – is it possible?
  • 15:40 Robin Metheringham (MACE) – Can We Eliminate Hot Works?
  • 16:10 Panel Discussion
  • 17:00 Conference Day 2 closes

Day 3: Thursday 21 June 2018 – Firefighting in Tall Buildings

Sponsorship available

  • 09:45 Delegates to be seated
  • 10:00 Chair – Mark Fishlock (UK)
  • 10:10 Keynote – Curtis Massey (US) – ‘High-rise advanced operations – a moving target’
  • 10:50 Eric Lo (Hong Kong) HKFSD – High-rise Building Firefighting Strategy and Tactics in Hong Kong
  • 11:20 Mark Reilly (Australia) NSWFS – Tall Building Firefighting in Sydney
  • 11:50 John Ceriello (US) FDNY – Challenges in The High-Rise Firefight-an FDNY Perspective
  • 12:20 Dr. Peter Wagner (Germany) – Thoughts on Tall Building Firefighting
  • 12:50 Panel Discussion
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Keynote – Adam Course (UK) – Firefighter Safety Database
  • 14:40 Lee Johnston (UK) – Moving to an Evidence Based Strategy (TBC)
  • 15:10 Evacuating people with reduced mobility from Tall Buildings
  • 15:40 Russia
  • 16:10 Panel Discussion
  • 17:00 Conference Day 3 closes

About the keynote presentation from Curtis Massey

An explosion of mega-towers and dense urban developments with multiple use components, along with ever-evolving new-age systems and features, such as double stacked independently-driven and “destination dispatch” elevators; wooden, 3-D printer, double-curtain wall “breathable/green” high-rise construction; new super-tall buildings with open air “blow-through” floors and tuned-mass dampers to counter building sway all demand a constant evaluation and revision of existing high-rise SOP/SOGs. They can never remain stagnant.

A strong focus on fighting fires in these unique buildings where complexity is constantly increasing, along with a need to comprehend and adapt your procedures to meld into how new systems and building features will undoubtedly impact your operations is a true must.

Many old-age SOPs do not apply to these modern structures.

Curtis analyzes historical oversights and incorrect methodology, while allowing attendees to examine key factors surrounding water supply, ventilation, elevators, redundant power supplies, building construction, communications, air supply demand, tactics and strategy, reflex time, air balancing/stack effect to see where best to reinforce existing techniques in order to minimize the potential of a catastrophic high-rise fire. Multiple life-loss 2017 fires in the US and UK will also be discussed and examined.

Emphasis on what works and what doesn’t is the main driver in this cutting-edge presentation.

Delegate rates

  • Early Bird Rate for Day 1 & 2, 19/20th June 2018 (available until 31st January 2018):
    Fire Testing, Fire Engineering, Insurance, Management and Construction in Tall
    Buildings = £695 + vat (save £200 on conference fee)
  • Conference Rate for Day 1 & 2, 19/20th June 2018 (available from 31st January 2018):
    Fire Testing, Fire Engineering, Insurance, Management and Construction in Tall
    Buildings = £895 + vat
  • Early Bird Rate for Day 3, 21st June 2018 (available until 31st January 2018):
    Firefighting in Tall Buildings = £295 + vat (save £100 on conference fee)
  • Conference Rate for Day 3, 21st June 2018 (available from 31st January 2018):
    Firefighting in Tall Buildings = £395 + vat
  • Serving Firefighter (UK and International) Conference Rate for Day 3, 21st June 2018
    Firefighting in Tall Buildings = £95 + vat
  • Delegate fee includes: VIP entrance to FIREX, sponsored lunches, Conference, IFE CPD cert

How to book and pay

  • Book via email: [email protected]
  • Pay via: Invoice or BACS transfer
  • Press enquiries: Tall Building Fire Safety, Russ Timpson tel… +44 07951 190576

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