‘Raising the Bar in Fire’. Plan of Work Pre-Launch

London, UK – Darren Webster, Technical Manager at FIRESAFE Fire Rated Ductwork Limited and current Chairman of the ASFP TG6 committee, recently attended the ‘Raising the Bar in Fire’ event organised by the ASFP (Association for Specialist Fire Protection). Held at The Houses of Commons on 15th June and sponsored by Jim Fitzpatrick MP, this Plan of Work Pre-Launch heralds “the development of an overarching Construction Strategy to encourage collaborative working across the whole design and build process to improve the quality of installed fire protection within the built environment.”

Key to this is introducing Fire Protection into the RIBA Plan of Work to ensure that detailed specifications are included in initial building designs and a ‘schedule for fire’ is followed throughout the construction process. ASFP sources state: “The aim is to ensure that fire protection measures are correctly designed, specified, installed and inspected to make buildings safer for everyone.”

FIRESAFE Fire Rated Ductwork Limited Sales & Marketing Manager, Mark Elliott commented “This laudable industry event had been planned for some time. For it to take place just one day after the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, could not have been more poignant. The tragic aftermath, which is still unfolding, will be an indelible reminder of a catastrophic failure somewhere in the design, build and / or maintenance process. Fire protection is a fundamental element in building design and, surely, fire safety a fundamental right. Neither should ever be overlooked or compromised. Everyone operating in the fire protection and ventilation sectors will, I’m sure, agree that continued innovation resulting in better, safer products and systems must be supported by the highest standards, joined-up strategies and robust checks to drive procurement and installation processes based on quality and whole-life values and not simply ‘buy price’.”

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