The Fire Safety Event Online

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The Fire Safety Event Online


Whilst we wait for our live event we are pleased to announce a series of webinars showcasing some of the content from our Fire Safety Event Seminar fsmAgendas and other key topics from the world of fire prevention and protection.

Supported by our Lead Media Partner Fire Safety Matters magazine we have sessions provided from key associations and experts from across the industry.

There will be plenty of time to ask questions at the end of each session. Please also submit your questions during the registration process and we will do our best to answer these during the sessions.

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RIFA CPD Technical Seminar

On Demand

The below sessions were streamed live on 9th July 2020 and are now available to view on demand.

Webinar introduction
Co-chaired by Mark Sennett, Fire Safety Matters (as host) and Ben Mossop (outgoing RIFA Chair)

BS 9992 launch presentation
Martin Weller (Atkins Global, Chair of BS 9992 Technical Panel and RIFA Working Group 7)

Q&A on BS 9992

The integration of extended unattended train sets into existing complex infrastructures
Dr Tony Cash (International President, RIFA)

The Refurbishment of Rail Vehicles: Scrap or Keep? – a USA Case Study
Bob Andrews Jr (Executive Rail)

Incoming RIFA Chair’s closing remarks

See full agenda here and watch now

Fire Safety Event Online

On Demand

The below sessions were streamed live on 15th May 2020 and are now available to view on demand.

Fire approach for the NHS Nightingale at Harrogate
Peter Aldridge, General Secretary, National Association of Healthcare Fire Officers

Building Regulations Review
Peter Wise, Principal Consultant, Fire Protection Association
Dennis Davis, Executive Officer, Fire Sector Federation

Importance of Third Party Certification
Stephen Adams, Chief Executive,  BAFE Fire Safety Register

The Government proposals on construction products and the impact of Coronavirus on the construction industry
Niall Rowan, CEO, Association for Specialist Fire Protection

See full agenda here and watch now


Sponsored by The Fire Safety Event

Our Lead Media Partner Fire Safety Matters magazine has launched a new fortnightly podcast which is available to download or stream for free every other Wednesday.

You can listen to the FSM Podcasts for free on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube or Podbean.

To download the podcast on Spotify or iTunes all you need to do is enter Fire Safety Matters into the platform's search box.

FSM PodcastThe FSM Podcasts will be hosted by Editor Brian Sims and Western Business Media's CEO Mark Sennett. Brian and Mark will interview key industry leaders and take a look at the biggest news stories from the past week.     



Episode 1 features an interview with leading fire safety lawyer Warren Spencer on the proposed Fire Safety Bill and what should be done to modernise the Fire Safety Order. Fire Industry Association Director Paul Pope also discusses what's in the pipeline & how COVID-19 is impacting business.

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In Episode 2, Fire Industry Association CEO Ian Moore talks about the key topic of fire safety competency and leading lawyer Warren Spencer discusses the Fire Safety Order and how it's being used in relation to domestic premises. There is also an interview with Apollo Fire Detectors' Salvy Vittozzi.

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In Episode 3, Brian & Mark discuss the second reading of the Fire Safety Bill, & lawyer Warren Spencer shares his thoughts on Third Party Certification as a statutory defence. Guests include BAFE Fire Safety Register‎ Chief Executive Stephen Adams & Detector Testers Key Account Manager Mark Rivers.

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Bob Docherty (IFSM Chairman) discusses accreditation & fire safety lawyer Warren Spencer covers HMO prosecutions under the Fire Safety Order. Guests include Gary Craig from Advanced, RIBA’s views on the restriction of combustible materials in buildings and the FIA’s online examinations. 

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Brian interviews Niall Rowan (CEO ASFP) about the Fire Safety Bill and passive fire protection and Nigel Ward (technical support specialist at FFE) discusses the latest developments in beam detection technology. Plus news includes UKAS support for BAFE’s ‘Don’t Just Specify, Verify!’ campaign and hot work-induced fires in the construction sector.

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Brian chats with Peter Aldridge (General Manager at the National Association of Healthcare Fire Officers and also General Manager for Estates, Fire and Security at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust) about the importance of CPD and the impact of COVID-19 on the role of fire safety managers within the NHS. Mark hears from fire safety lawyer Warren Spencer in relation to current legal issues and also interviews Craig Halford (Managing Director at Jactone Products) on product compliance and current developments at the fire safety and signage developer. 

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Interview with Dennis Davis, Executive Officer  Fire Sector Federation on numerous issues such as Approved Document B, competency in the fire sector, the Fire Safety Bill and, of course, the ongoing (and vital) work of the Federation itself. Hear from fire safety lawyer Warren Spencer who focuses on fire inspections and a new service designed to limit liability under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Also, C-TEC founder and director Andy Scott talks about BS 8629. 

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Interview with Graham Ferris, General Manager, Independent Fire Engineering and Distributors Association on competency in fire safety work and the challenges ahead for the sector. Hears all about the latest legal developments courtesy of fire safety lawyer Warren Spencer and also interviews Ray Puttock (Marketing Manager at EMS) on the benefits to be realised from the installation and use of wireless fire detection systems.

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Interview with Roy Wilsher, Chair, National Fire Chiefs Council about Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, the draft Building Safety Bill and the Fire Safety Bill and also how the Fire and Rescue Service has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear from fire safety lawyer Warren Spencer concerning current legal developments impacting the sector and also interviews Adam Welton, Head of Sales, LAN Control Systems discover what’s happening in the sphere of fire alarm management solutions.

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No. 10

Tony Cash, President, Rail Industry Fire Association, discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted fire safety regimes on the railway network and the main changes to those safety regimes since the findings of Kings Cross fire that occurred in 1987 were made public. Also, Tim Barker, UK Account Manager, FSi Ltd, speaks about the importance of using suitable passive fire protection systems and the new Building Safety Bill which was recently unveiled by the Government.

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No. 11

Stephen Adams, CEO of BAFE, chats about BAFE having recently acquired the Fire Industry Association's Awarding Organisation and forming FireQual Ltd to progress qualifications for the UK'S fire sector. Also Warren Spencer, Managing Director at Blackhurst Budd Solicitors, addresses a question posed by an FSM reader and Andy Spence, Sales Director & General Manager at Britannia Fire who chats about how standards can slow down innovation in the world of fire suppression. 

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No. 12

Hear from Ian Moore, CEO of the Fire Industry Association, about BAFE's recent acquisition of, the FIA's Awarding Organisation . Also featuring Warren Spencer, Managing Director - Blackhurst Budd Solicitors, who discusses the legal issues affecting the industry. Tony Hanley, Managing Director - FirePro UK, also appears on this episode focusing on third party certification when it comes to fire suppression systems. 

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No. 13

Hear from Bob Bantock, Heritage Fire Safety Specialist, National Trust, discuss the key challenges facing with their Trust properties and fire safety regimes during the current pandemic, best practice approaches for risk assessments and the importance of CPD for today's fire safety practitioners. Warren Spencer, Managing Director - Blackhurst Budd Solicitors, also features to discuss an upcoming digital conference focusing on the Fire Safety Bill and an interview with James Jones, Managing Director - Vimpex, with a focus on CE marking for products post-Brexit.

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No. 14

Colin Todd MBE, MD, C.S. Todd & Associates, discusses the changes within the UK Fire Safety Sector, registration process for fire risk assessors, developments with standards and guidance documents and revisions to some of the industry's key reference works.  Also an interview with Warren Spencer, MD, Blackhurst Budd Solicitors on fire doors and the legalities . Mark Whiteley, UK and Ireland Sales Manager, asecos ltd, chats about the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations, and the importance of them in today's fire safety projects.

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No. 15

Hear from Richard Jenkins, CEO, and John Davidson, Head of Field Operations for Systems, National Security Inspectorate (NSI). Outlining their role in the fire safety sector, how fire safety solution providers achieve third party certification and their view on the draft Building Safety Bill. Warren Spencer, MD, Blackhurst Budd Solicitors, discusses the impact of COVID-19 on Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and Michala Ford, Head of Business Support, Safety Technology International offers an overview of STI's product range and applications in projects encompassing tall buildings, the education sector and the heritage market.

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Brian speaks to Wayne Woodland, Pre-Construction Director and Matthew Flower, Sector Director, for Miller Knight, the specialist company focused on remedial passive fire protection measures. They discuss the key changes in the new build sector regarding fire protection post-Grenfell, the scope of current building regeneration projects, and how it can be ensured that fire safety installations are being conducted in the correct manner. 

Peter Jones, CEO, Nineteen Group also features and explains the recent decision to move The Fire Safety Event from April 2021 to September 2021  and the importance of live events for practitioners in the fire sector. 

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Brian interviews Brett Ennals, Founder and Managing Director, Cento, he reviews the current state of play in the recruitment market, the skills shortage in the fire and security sectors, salary levels and the role of sub-contractors. He also advises on Best Practice for job candidates and hiring businesses in 2021. 

Warren Spencer, Managing Director, Blackhurst Budd Solicitors, features on this episode and looks back at the digital conference on the Fire Safety Bill which Fire Safety Matters hosted in 2020. Adam Turk, CEO, Siderise Group also makes an appearance and outlines the main points of Siderise Insulation's 'By Your Side' campaign and why he believes the company is one of the passive fire protection market's best kept secrets.

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Niall Rowan, CEO, Association for Specialist Fire Protection makes his second appearance on FSM podcast, he reviews his time as CEO and lists the key achievements by the organisation.

Furthermore, he discusses the key elements of the Building Safety Bill and the Fire Safety Bill. Warren Spencer, Managing Director, Blackhurst Budd Solicitors, features on this episode, and discusses how the Home Office are signaling the prospect of unlimited fines for proven breaches of fire safety regulations. In addition, Andy Speake, National Technical Manager, Aico, speaks on the core issues of installer training and outlines the cloud-based alarm solutions Aico is bringing to the market.

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An exclusive interview with Peter Baker, Health and Safety Executive features on this episode. Brian also chats with newly-appointed Chief Inspector of Buildings who examines his work on establishing and leading the Building Safety Regulator, assesses the competency landscape and the Building Safety Bill and more. 

Warren Spencer, Managing Director, Blackhurst Budd Solicitors, assumes his regular spot on the Fire Safety Matters Podcast and talks with Mark about his top tips for fire safety professionals when dealing with contractual arrangements.

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This episode features exclusive interviews with chartered fire engineer Dr Tony Cash and Don Randall MBE, chair of the City of London Crime Prevention Association. They discuss Project Kestrel, a brand new initiative specifically aimed at offering front line security personnel the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised certificate of learning in fire awareness. 

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Listen to an interview with Director & Board Member at Sircle, Chartered Surveyor and Fire Engineer, Anthony Walker, to discuss cladding for buildings, qualifications for fire risk assessors, EWS-1 Forms and the ‘golden thread’ of information.

Warren Spencer, Managing Director, Blackhurst Budd Solicitors returns with the belief that associations need to take the lead when it comes to the competency of fire risk assessors. 

Yusuf Muhammad, Co-Founder & Chief Design Officer at Plumis, outlines what the company has been doing of late in relation to product testing for fire suppression systems.

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