Fire Safety

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Fire risk assessment for challenging environments
11:30 - 12:00
Maintenance and Fire Safety Manager
Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
Fire Officer
Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust

Fire risk assessing a mental health ward presents its own challenges. The presentation will look at the specific requirements for a mental health setting and how they can be applied to other high risk environments.

Learning outcomes:  

  • Different requirements of mental health ward
  • Restrictions of evacuating patients from ward
  • Risk assessing service user damage during risk assessment
Unwanted fire signals: the NFCC’s ambitions to protect Fire Service Resources (FRS) and change business’ perspective
12:00 - 12:30
LFB Fire Safety Policy Officer and UwFS Reduction Lead
London Fire Brigade
Director of Service Delivery and National Lead for Unwanted Fire Signals & Automatic Fire Alarms
Humberside Fire & Rescue Service, National Fire Chiefs Council

The presentation will include an overview of this NFCC working groups actions to reduce the impact of false alarms on business and emergency services. The presentation will then focus on the Connection Agreement process designed to establish consistency in monitoring service standards and align this with third party accreditation.

Learning outcomes include:

  • An appreciation of the work delivered by the NFCC Working Group on false alarms and unwanted fire signal reduction
  • An understanding of the inconsistencies in fire monitoring services
  • Recognising the benefits of co-operation with shared information
  • An appreciation of how the Connection Agreement can be used to drive improved monitoring operating standards
  • The role of third party accreditation in the Connection Agreement and the impact on future working group objectives
Preparing monitored fire alarms for IP transformation
13:30 - 14:00
Digital Voice Industry Engagement Manager
BT Redcare
Head of Product and Portfolio
BT Redcare

BT intends for all its customers to be using fully digital telephone services by 2025 with the first products launching in 2018.  But special services, such as monitored fire alarms, that rely on our analogue PSTN network may be impacted by the move to all IP. Find out how BT is fully committed to working with customers and industry to make this a seamless transition by: raising the awareness of industry and customers; testing special services equipment; and identifying customers with special services equipment, such as monitored fire alarms.

Learning outcomes:  

  • Have a greater understanding of the implications of BT's all IP programme
  • Know how (if necessary) to test any equipment to see if it will work on new digital networks
  • Make sure none of your customers, particularly vulnerable ones, are impacted by the switchover
Kitchen Fire Protection Systems: improving safety with the new SP 206 scheme
14:00 - 14:30

This presentation will share the key criteria required to demonstrate competency in the design, installation, commissioning, recharging and maintenance for the new MOT approval scheme for Kitchen Fire Protection Systems. This new scheme has been developed by BAFE and NSI following an extensive review of safety standards for commercial kitchens with engagement from key stakeholders, including insurers, equipment manufacturers and trade associations.

Learning outcomes:

  • Insight into the risk of fire in commercial kitchens
  • Key criteria for approval to the new scheme
  • Understanding the BAFE and NSI relationship for developing standards, approval criteria and auditing
  • NSI/BAFE Certificates of Compliance documentation available for insurers and authorities as evidence of systems’ compliance
Competence of fire risk assessors in a post Hackitt world
14:30 - 15:00
Principal Consultant

The Hackitt review and subsequent Implementation Plan published by the Government makes clear recommendations for improved standards of verifiable competency for all engaged in the design, construction and ongoing management of occupied premises. This presentation will consider the likely impacts on fire risk assessors and what can be done by way of preparation. 

Learning outcomes include:

  • Scope and scale of likely changes
  • Clarity on the need for categorisation (e.g. higher risk v’s lower risk premises) in terms of competencies required
  • The impacts on existing registers of fire risk assessors and those already registered
  • The need for continuing professional development and how to get ahead of the curve