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Fire Sector Federation acknowledges the Governments’ step change into action on building fire safety

Wednesday 22nd January 2020


Fire Sector Federation Press Release 21/01/2020

The Federation acknowledges the Governments’ step change into action on building fire safety

 

The Fire Sector Federation has today acknowledged and welcomed the announcement made by the Government in advance of a debate in Parliament on the Grenfell Tower fire.
The delay in positive action has been a deep cause of concern to Federation members so the outlined steps, particular of the role of Health and Safety Executive and a new Act, are seen as helping move the whole process forward.


Federation members have with many others been working together for over two years to improve fire safety by advancing standards and quality. Picking up the theme highlighted by the Building safety Review of “not marking your own homework” developing third party assurance for people and products the Federation has called for fast tracking third party certification by recognising it within formal guidance and using third party assured companies to supply products and services, like fire risk assessments.


The announcement the Federation hopes demonstrates that a serious transition step, of turning deliberation and advice into action, is now actually starting.


Michael Harper the Federation Chairman said today:


"Having called for a decade of change to prevent another tragedy and to help ensure we have a UK built environment safer from fire I welcome and acknowledge on behalf of the Fire Sector Federation the Governments' significant announcement and commitment to improve building fire safety"


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"BAFE welcomes the statement made by the Secretary of State concerning development of Fire Safety Regulations and fully endorses the response from the Fire Sector Federation. We continue to actively participate in relevant Working Groups to ensure the recognition of competence and third party certification for fire protection providers.


We would encourage all BAFE registered companies to monitor and respond to MHCLG statements and calls for evidence, to ensure that the fire industry voice is heard at this important time."

- Stephen Adams, Chief Executive - BAFE

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