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Grenfell Tower Fire Two-Year Anniversary
Friday 14th June 2019
Statement by Stephen Adams, BAFE Chief Executive
Today (14/06/19) marks the two-year anniversary of the devastating Grenfell Tower Fire. BAFE, alongside the entire fire safety industry, today pay our respects to this unnecessary loss of 72 lives.
Since 1984 our remit has been to raise the quality levels of competency of the organisations and people that provide fire safety and fire protection services. Since Grenfell, we have been actively involved in helping to develop a built environment safer from fire and to avoid a disaster such at this ever occurring again. This has been with our involvement in a number of the Working groups set up following the report by Dame Judith Hackitt, the Government and Industry consultations and in ensuring that competency schemes are being continually developed and complied with.
Alongside the Fire Sector Federation and other Trade bodies’ comments, we too feel that part of the solution is to have mandatory UKAS Accredited Third Party Certification of fire risk assessors and all providers of fire protection services to high risk premises. This has been actively lobbied for within these working groups.
Please also note, the Government have two public consultations that are live at this moment discussing the Fire Safety Order (the legislation covering England and Wales fire safety) and the building safety regulatory system. We strongly encourage all parties involved with fire safety and construction to respond to these with your concerns and ideas on current legislation and regulation. BAFE will be submitting a response to both that will be published on the BAFE website in the near future. These responses will have a strong emphasis on UKAS Accredited Third Party Certification and better definitions of what competency means in legislation. We are also keeping close contact with potential changes in other parts of the United Kingdom.
BAFE always stress fire safety is about life safety. It is paramount that changes are implemented to ensure this cannot happen again. Societies behaviour regarding fire safety must improve, and mandatory requirements will enforce this. It is no longer a simple question of cost vs risk, if significant changes are not made, it is not a matter of if a large loss of life will occur again, but when.
– Stephen Adams, BAFE Chief Executive
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