The FSF will endeavour to provide the latest news on technical, commercial and legislative issues, queries and concerns within all disciplines of the fire safety sector.

FSF offers recommendations to the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety

The Fire Sector Federation has written to Dame Judith Hackitt to outline its concerns and recommendations for the Independent Review of the Building Regulations and Fire Safety.

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FSF submits terms of reference recommendations to the Grenfell Public Inquiry

The FSF has submitted its recommendations for the Terms of Reference for the Public Inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire.

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FSF launches Approved Document B survey

The FSF has launched a survey to understand the fire and construction industries’ views about the future of Approved Document B (Fire Safety). The survey developed over the last few months is being conducted by NBS Research, an independent research organisation.

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FSF responds to Grenfell Public Inquiry announcement

The Fire Sector Federation has made an offer to Government to assist in the official Grenfell Public Inquiry and with the expert panel. It is calling on Government to listen to the experience and expertise of the Federation’s membership, who can provide a pan-industry view of the systemic breakdown of fire safety regulation and propose recommendations on possible solutions.

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Grenfell Tower Fire: Statement from the Fire Sector Federation

The Fire Sector Federation (FSF) wishes to send its condolences to all those affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy. We also wish to praise the fire service for its prompt and professional response.

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FSF renews calls for ADB review with new campaign brochure

FSF renews calls for ADB review with new campaign brochure

The Fire Sector Federation is continuing its long-running campaign for a review of Approved Document B (ADB) to the Building Regulations, following the tragic Grenfell Tower fire.

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Paul Fuller elected as new FSF Chairman

Paul Fuller elected as new FSF Chairman

Paul Fuller CBE has been appointed as the new chairman of the Fire Sector Federation (FSF) following a snap election at the Federation’s AGM, held on Thursday 11 May.

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Fire risk assessment guidance

The Fire Sector Federation’s Competency Workstream hosts a range of guidance developed by the Fire Risk Assessment Competency Council to assist businesses conducting fire risk assessments.

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Southwark Council to pay £570,000 for Lakanal failings

Southwark Council has been fined a total of £570,000 for safety failures at Lakanal House, the south London tower block in which six people lost their lives in 2009.

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DCLG releases Approved Document survey results

DCLG has released a summary of a user survey conducted last year which investigated the usability of Approved Documents B (Fire Safety) and M (Access to and Use of Buildings)to the Building Regulations.

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Chairman's summary 2016

FSF Chairman Brian Robinson provided a summary of the organisations activities during 2017 at the FSF Forum meeting on 9 February.

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FSF urges Government to reconsider school fire safety design proposals

The Fire Sector Federation (FSF) is calling on the Department for Education to re-introduce the concept of property protection into its proposed revisions to Building Bulletin (BB) 100: Design for fire safety in schools, in light of the devastating fire that occurred at The Academy, Selsey on 21 August.

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BEIA comments in Planning & Building Control Today

BEIA comments in Planning & Building Control Today

Celestine Cheong, Chair of the Built Environment Issues & Affairs Workstream recently commented in Planning & Building Control Today on the need for a review of Approved Document B.

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FSF consults on retail guidance

The Enforcement Workstream of the Fire Sector Federation has released for open consultation a draft document on Compartmentation in Shops.

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Effectiveness of the RR(FS)O 2005

London Fire Brigade’s Adreena Parkin-Coates offered a review of a study conducted by BRE global into the effectiveness of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order.

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Chairman’s update

FSF Chairman Brian Robinson provided a brief overview of current affairs and FSF activities at the Forum meeting on 9 March. He noted that a great deal of work was underway within the FSF’s workstreams and highlighted key activities.

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Fire & Rescue policy to transfer to the Home Office

The Government has confirmed that responsibility for Fire and Rescue Policy for England will transfer from the Department for Communities and Local Government to the Home Office, with effect from 1 April 2016.

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Research makes recommendations for reducing false alarms

Research makes recommendations for reducing false alarms

Live investigations into the causes of false fire alarms have resulted in recommendations for their reduction.

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DCLG survey investigates ADB readability

The Department for Communities and Local Government has commissioned RIBA Enterprises (via NBS) to conduct an online survey looking at the readability of Approved Document B.

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Europe developing community resilience programme

Through its membership of CTIF, the FSF is supporting a European initiative to improve community resilience across Europe. POP-ALERT is a two-year project financed by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme.

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FSF questions the impact of devolution on fire

FSF questions the impact of devolution on fire

Speaking at the Fire Sector Summit on 4 November, FSF Chairman Brian Robinson will be examining the impact of devolution on national fire safety.

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Building guidance confounds fire sector experts

Building guidance confounds fire sector experts

The FSF and Construction Industry Council (CIC) are calling for change to Building Regulations Guidance due to complex and inconsistent language.

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Fire Sector Federation calls for fire safety improvements following Westminster debate

The Fire Sector Federation is calling for improvements in fire safety maintenance and management to be prioritised by Government following a debate on fire safety in Westminster Hall (Houses of Parliament) on 3 March.

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Labour seeks views on future of F&RS

Shadow Fire Minister Lyn Brown MP is seeking views from stakeholders and service users to understand the best means to protect and build a Fire and Rescue Service that is fit for the future.

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FSF releases Local Acts repeal guidance

The Fire Sector Federation has released a guidance note which provides advice to those who may be considering the removal of fire safety measures that were incorporated into existing buildings under the auspices of the now repealed Local Acts.

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FSF responds to Furniture Regulations consultation

The Fire Sector Federation has submitted a response to the Department for Business Innovation & Skills consultation on the Furniture And Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988.

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Draft Procedural Guidance out for consultation

Draft Building Control and Fire Safety Procedural Guidance is being released for full consultation via the Enforcement Workstream of the Fire Sector Federation (FSF). All comments must be sent to the Chair of the Enforcement Workstream using the appropriate consultation form. The deadline for comments of 10 September 2014.

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GGF releases new fire-resistant glazing standard

The Fire Resistant Glazing Group (FRGG) of the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) has developed a new standard covering the specification and installation of fire-resistant barriers containing glass for protection against fire and the effects of combustion.

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FSF releases first guidance document

FSF releases first guidance document

The Fire Sector Federation has released a document on Fire Safety and Sustainability in Building Design, the first document to be developed by the Technical Guidance Workstream.

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BSA launches warehouse sprinkler reports

BSA launches warehouse sprinkler reports

The Business Sprinkler Alliance (BSA) recently launched two independent studies on the cost benefit analysis of fire sprinklers and the economic and financial impact of warehouse fires.

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Understanding fire safety in buildings seminar

Understanding fire safety in buildings seminar

Delegates gathered in the House of Commons on 4 December 2013 to attend an Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) Parliamentary Seminar, held in conjunction with the All Party Parliamentary Fire & Rescue Group and the Fire Sector Federation (FSF).

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FSF responds to Lakanal House Coroner

The Fire Sector Federation has written to Lakanal House coroner, Her Honour Frances Kirkham CBE, in response to the Rule 43 letter addressed to it on 30 March.

In the response, dated 20 May, FSF Deputy Chair Paul Fuller states that the FSF is initially focusing on competency and effectiveness in carrying out fire risk assessments.

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Review of fire & rescue service efficiencies published

The Department for Communities and Local Government has published Sir Ken Knight’s review of efficiencies and operations in fire and rescue authorities in England.

The independent report Facing the Future, published on 17 May, highlights a potential for the fire and rescue services to find millions in savings.

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FSF releases consultation document on fire safety and sustainability

The Technical Guidance Workstream of the Fire Sector Federation has released for open consultation a draft document on Fire Safety and Sustainability in Building Design.

The document will be out for open consultation for a three month period. All comments must be returned to the Fire Sector Federation on the official Comments Form by 25 July 2013

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Lakanal House Statement

The Fire Sector Federation (FSF) has long expressed major concerns about the apparent disjoint in fire safety processes and the evidence from Lakanal House tends to support this.

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New Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser appointed

Peter Holland CBE, former Chief Fire Officer of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Authority, has been appointed as the next Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser.

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Government repeals English Local Act fire safety provisions

The Department for Communities and Local Government has repealed any fire safety provisions within Local Acts in England which are more onerous than those required under the Building Regulations

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Minister addresses FSF Parliamentary Seminar

Minister addresses FSF Parliamentary Seminar

Fire Minister Brandon Lewis MP gave the opening address at the FSF’s Fire Safety Enforcement – Fit for purpose seminar on 27 November.

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Minister praises Fire Sector Federation

Minister praises Fire Sector Federation

The growing influence of the Fire Sector Federation (FSF) was recognised by Fire Minister Brandon Lewis at the Fire Summit on 24 October.

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EC extends hotel fire safety consultation

The European Commission (EC) has announced it is to extend the phase of consultation on hotel fire safety, in order to develop a Green Paper on the Safety of Services, which will focus on tourism services.

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FSF agrees constitution

FSF agrees constitution

The Fire Sector Federation has now agreed a constitution and re-launched, following a merger with the Federation of British Fire Organisations.

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FOBFO merges with Fire Sector Federation

FOBFO merges with Fire Sector Federation

At a special meeting on 30 May 2012, members of FOBFO agreed to dissolve the organisation and become part of the Fire Sector Federation.

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