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.
January 8, 2018

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Euralarm seeks members for fire extinguishing section

Euralarm’s new fire extinguisher section is now open for applications.

National trade associations and companies not represented at European level, as well as existing Euralarm Members, can get their voice heard in Brussels by becoming members of the pan-European lobbying body’s extinguishing section.

The new section joins Euralarm’s sections for electronic fire alarms, electronic security systems and fire and security services.

The new section encompasses water-based suppression systems (sprinklers, watermist), portable fire extinguishers, fixed extinguishing installations, firefighting agents, and emerging active technologies for extinguishing or containing fires.

Euralarm’s expansion into the world of extinguishing coincides with ongoing EU discussions over the renewal of the Construction Product Regulation (CPR) and industry debate about the EU Commission’s newly launched Fire Industry Exchange Platform (FIEP).

A yearly policy forum, the Fire Industry Exchange Platform’s inaugural meeting saw Euralarm present a position paper and fire industry representatives and EU policymakers discuss solutions for fire safety in multi-home buildings in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy.

The CPR will standardise test methods and the validity of test results for electronic fire products across Europe.

“Where the CPR logic can very easily apply for certain construction materials, Euralarm’s position is that it has a negative effect on the standardisation of fire detection and alarm products.” Euralarm

However, Euralarm actually has misgivings about the impact of the CPR on standardisation, one of its guiding aims.

“Unfortunately it does, to no good effect, cover a very wide assortment of products with very different characteristics,” said the organisation in a press release. “Where the CPR logic can very easily apply for certain construction materials, Euralarm’s position is that it has a negative effect on the standardisation of fire detection and alarm products.

“A unified representation for active fire protection in Brussels would strengthen the position of an industry which has long been in need of a common voice on the CPR issue. It will allow it to be a stronger partner for EU Commission and Parliament, in current and future initiatives on Fire Safety in Europe.

“The industry’s combined efforts and weight will most certainly now allow it to find market-driven solutions in the standardisation issues related to CPR.”

Fire extinguishing section membership benefits

  • A voice in Brussels where regulatory decisions affecting the industry and fire safety are made
  • A new forum where members discuss and prioritise topics hitherto omitted from the association’s EU advocacy activities, such as REACH, the Pressure Equipment Directives, or the F-Gas Regulation
  • A special discount on their first-year membership fee. Existing Euralarm members will get an additional discount to their section membership fees when joining the extinguishing section

Euralarm represents the interests of the electronic fire and security industry across Europe. From manufacturers to standards bodies and policymakers, Euralarm lobbies Brussels to strengthen and standardise regulations and guidance for fire extinguishing, detection, intrusion detection, access control, video monitoring, alarm transmission and alarm receiving centres.

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