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Federation Newsletter 1 - Autumn 2018

Listening to Members

At the EGM, when the Federation decided to take steps to improve overall its organisation, a clear message was the call for greater openness and listening to members. Meeting for the first time as a reformed “FSF Board” executive members and their new chairman Michael Harper have taken this message very much to heart by placing communications as the priority.

This newsletter is a start, basic maybe, but well intended in trying to help meet that commitment. The Board with leads on policy [Jon O’Neil], active protection [Tom Roche], passive protection [Mike Wood], technical [Dennis Davis] full supported by finance [Ronnie King], administration [Jo Griffin] and communications [Susan Lowrie and Andrew Lynch] and with Paul Fuller and Dave Russel assisting, really want to make this work.

And to do that we need to hear from you, the members; we want to learn and listen to your ideas, to build a network of expertise, so that when issues arise that members feel the Federation should ‘do something or say something about’, we are able to lead or respond by reflecting our fire sector’s view.

This is an invitation therefore to get involved: share information; advise us on what matters to you, offer your specialist skills so when questions arise we know who to go to; offer opinion, help energise our work streams.

Although its early days a little effort will really help so please contact any director to find out more or offer help

Joint International Fire Board

A delegation from the Sao Paulo Fire Service with a representative from FUNDABOM the organization that supports the FRS and Ricardo Vilella from DIT in Brasilia recently visited the UK. Centred on the Emergency Services Show with visits to several Fire and Rescue Services organised by Sarah Adamson a JIFB SSG member FUNDABOM announced a Fire Safety Seminar would be held in Sao Paulo between the 26-28 November. More details from David Smith – dsmith@fia.uk.com

Building a Safer Future

The Government’s response is expected towards the end of this year to address the recommendations made by Dame Judith Hackitt. On the 13 November at the FPA, Policy Director Jon O’Neill has organised a workshop to discuss members’ views on this important issue. Jo Griffin is coordinating the meeting jgriffin@thefpa.co.uk

Responding to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry

Recently the Federation responded to a formal request for documents to allow the Inquiry to undertake its investigation “swiftly and efficiently”. Over 200 documents were supplied that were in the control of FSF, that is in its physical possession, or we had a right to possess, or a right to inspect or take copies of, or we customarily had access to.

Industry Response Group

The Federation is working with many other organisations as part of a Competency Steering Group (CSG) under the leadership of Graham Watts CEO of the Construction Industry Council.
There are currently 12 CSG Working Groups covering the following areas:
1 Engineers [Eng. Council], 2 Installers [Build UK/FSF], 3 Fire Engineers [IFE], 4 Fire Risk Assessors [FSF], 5 Fire Safety Enforcement Officers [NFCC], 6 Building Control/Building Standards Inspectors [LABC], 7 Building Designers/Architects [ARB], 8 Building Safety Managers [Independent], 9 Site Supervisors [CIB], 10 Project Managers [RICS], 11 Procurement [CIPS] and 12 Products [CPA].
As part of the participation in WG4 a Memorandum of Understanding and discussion paper on the overarching body proposed to have oversight of the competencies required for those involved on what Dame Judith called High Rise Residential Buildings has been produced by the FSF. The FSF or one its members are involved on each WG with the exception of WG9 and if you wish to know more please contact Dennis Davis. The July report from the CSG can be found here

RIBA Consultation

Reacting to the Building Safer Future report the RIBA recently closed a consultation on proposals to incorporate Fire Safety into their widely used Plan of Works system. The proposal was developed with strong input from the Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP). The FSF and some of the FSF membership made comment on the proposals. The FSF has suggested to RIBA that there should be a stronger working relationship with the wider Fire Sector.