FSF responds to Lakanal House Coroner
24 May 2013
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 focusing on the immediate questions of competency and effectiveness in carrying out fire risk assessments, but will gradually expand this to other aspects of concern.
The letter outlines the following actions undertaken by the Federation:
1. The formation of a new Workstream within the Federation to concentrate on relevant aspects of competency development, accreditation, education and training in fire safety, building on and extending the work of the National Fire Risk Assessment Competency Council.
2. The development of qualifications for fire risk assessors as a basis for the training of housing and estate management staff.
3. The formation of an additional Workstream to review and consider whether any changes to the Building Regulations Approved Document B are felt necessary.
4. The development of an awareness and publicity programme through its membership network aimed at raising the profile of fire safety, across the fire safety sector and wider industry.
5. Working with the Glass and Glazing Federation to ensure that those in the window replacement sector understand the importance of checking and confirming applicable fire safety requirements when they carry out window improvements.
The Coroner has also received responses from the Department for Communities and Local Government; London Fire Brigade and the London Borough of Southwark.