Chief Fire Officers' Association (CFOA) News

BSI revises BS 7273-4:2015 code of practice for fire protection

The standard relates to the engineering of fire alarm systems, fire doors and secured fire exits BSI, the business standards company has revised BS 7273-4:2015 Code of Practice for the operation of fire protection measures - Part 4: Actuation of release mechanisms for doors. It was developed using collaborative input from the fire and safety industry with such organisations as The Fire Industry Association (FIA), Fire Protection Association and National Landlords Association o...

CFOA welcomes Sainsbury’s announcement on testing children’s fancy dress outfits to the British nightwear flammability standard

The announcement follows the campaign launched by the BBC’s Watchdog programme The Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) has welcomed retailer Sainsbury’s announcement that from Halloween 2015 it will be testing all children’s dress-up outfits to the British nightwear flammability standard. The supermarket has further announced that it will introduce tests that are more rigorous than the British nightwear flammability safety standard during 2016. Watch...

Fire Sector Federation to present briefing on Lakanal House Fire at FIREX International

The Fire Sector Federation will conduct a panel discussion aimed at assessing the outcomes of the inquest The recently published inquest into the Lakanal House fire in London 2009 has highlighted some key areas of non compliance, oversight and operational confusion directly attributed to the incident. It has also argued the tragic loss of life could have been averted if the correct procedures and legal recommendations under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order had been fo...

Fire safety industry endorses campaign for setting a national benchmark of fire risk assessors

CFOA and DCLG have extended their support for the call for a unified register The campaign to establish a standard national benchmark of fire risk assessors is gathering support from the fire safety industry. The call by Warrington Certification Ltd, has received endorsement from the Chief Fire Officers’ Association (CFOA) and in principle from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). The Institute of Fire Safety Managers and the Royal Institution of...

Spending Review announcement 2010 - no cuts to frontline?

The sword of Damocles has beenhovering over public services for months now says CFOA's president CFOA acknowledged that a 25% cut in formula grant for fire and rescue, a critical frontline emergency service, will mean tough choices ahead following yesterday’s Spending Review announcement. The Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) acknowledged that a 25% cut in formula grant for fire and rescue, a critical frontline emergency service, will mean tough choices ahead follo...

CFOA protocols on false alarm reduction applauded by BSIA

Fire and security industry will benefit a lot from the new guidelines of CFOA on reducing false fire alarms and signals The guidelines aim to ensure that effective measures are implemented and maintained, ensuring the reduction of false fire alarms and unwanted fire signals. The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has welcomed the recent publication of a series of best practice guidelines by the Chief Fire Officers' Association (CFOA). The CFOA Protocol for the Redu...

False fire alarms rung in London as a result of heavy rain

Heavy rains have led to false fire alarms and unwanted work for the firefighters which has become a nuisance for most of them False fire alarms are not only a nuisance to those affected, but also waste resources. Heavy rain across the country left the capital's fire and rescue services stretched to the limit over the weekend as firefighters responded to flooding incidents in residential and business premises. Crews were also forced to respond to several false fire alarms as a...

False fire alarm leads to Ryder Cup venue evacuation

False fire alarms have been highlighted by the evacuation of guests from the venue hosting the Ryder Cup FIA has been working with Chief Fire Officers' Association on minimising false fire alarm to avoid unwanted fire signals. The importance of minimising false fire alarms has been highlighted by the evacuation of guests from the venue hosting the Ryder Cup in South Wales.A full evacuation took place at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport on September 27th after the alarm went...

CFOA president supports widespread use of sprinklers at ABI paper launch

  The CFOA president has called for adopting sprinklers as a significant measure to protect life CFOA says that the wider use of sprinklers in domestic, commercial and residential premises will support the environment and save the economy millions of pounds. CFOA President, John Bonney, in his address at the launch of the ABI paper 'Tackling Fire - a call for Action' spoke of the valid and significant contribution sprinklers could and should be making in...

UK's BBC reports many new schools lack fire sprinklers

The BBC estimates nearly half of England's new schools are without fire sprinklers BBC says almost half of England's new school buildings are without fire sprinklers Following up stories on Radio 4's Today programme and on Radio 5 Live, the BBC has criticised local authorities which are still building new schools without sprinklers. Almost half of new school buildings in England do not have fire safety sprinkler systems, the BBC has learned. The government...

CFOA comment on London's Camberwell fire

The CFOA has offered its condolences to all affected by the Camberwell fire Leading UK fire authority offer condelences Following Friday 3rd July's fatal fire in South London, the Chief Fire Officers' Association (CFOA) would like to offer sincere condolences to the families, friends and neighbours affected by this tragedy. Every Fire and Rescue Service in the UK takes the safety of the public in their homes very seriously indeed. CFOA and all Fire and Rescue Services...

New President appointed to CFOA

The CFOA has appointed John Bonney as its new President CFOA appoints Chief Officer of Hants Fire & Rescue The Chief Fire Officers' Association (CFOA) is delighted to announce that John Bonney has been appointed as CFOA President at the Association's annual general meeting on Saturday, 20 June 2009. John, Chief Officer of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, becomes President after serving two years on the presidential team as Vice President Elect then as Vice President....

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