Editor's Overview for 2017
In one word “Cladding”, in two words “Building Regulations”, in detail “Fire Safety Arrangements”. The knee jerk reaction, the elephants in the room, the political consequence, the blame game, the debate, the publicity machine, the “expert” opinion and the human cost.
A very significant year for the fire protection industry and as with other such tragic events they do become pivotal and seismic for change. However, I am old enough to remember the same sort of tragic events like Summerland, Woolworths, Dusseldorf, Kings Cross, Bradford Kaprun and Rosepark that have similar connived, contrived and coincidence of occurrences that change an ordinary event into a catastrophe.
Every fire safety professional I have met over the last six months has had a view, an opinion and dare I say it, premonition that an event like this was inevitable. Why? Because, the industry knows that so many recommendations made are subordinated in the process of risk assessment. In my opinion, this is a proper correction for our obsession with our particular focus alma mater or lobby preference.
The beginning of 2018 we will all hear the preliminary results of the formal inquest into Grenfell Tower and be able to judge for ourselves, whether the likely changes will be proportionate or excessively onerous, bearing in mind the cost is bore by all of us.
The Means of Escape will endeavour to give publicity to all considered ideas, innovation, improvement and developments that will enhance fire safety within the built environment where a duty of care, professional liability and corporate liability exists. Lest we forget that with any tragic event like Grenfell occurs prosecution both criminal and civil are major “sticks” fore regular maintenance, review and adoption of improved techniques of prevention.
As I ponder over this year’s overview, I sincerely hope in the memory of all those that lost their lives that we all take an active role in taking nothing for granted when we are at home or work going into 2018.
If I can for just a minute, make some predictions for technology and arrangements that will show serious consideration and deployment. I am a proponent for water mist suppression systems, if only on the basis of efficient use of water. I am also a real supporter of technologies such as “apps” for fire safety arrangement maintenance and asset recording, and have been extremely impressed with the capability to use technology in the reporting of defect, real time remedy and recording for file of evidence,
I will also try and report good experience of corporate social responsibility programs that support fire safety management training crossover, with the promotion of diligence in the home environment.
It is also vital that we all have a better understanding of the need to reduce unnecessary fire and rescue deployment through false alarm activation from defective installation, badly maintained systems or inappropriate detection.
The work continues…
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Editor of Means of Escape
Published December 2017
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In one word “Cladding”, in two words “Building Regulations”, in detail “Fire Safety Arrangements”. The knee jerk reaction, the elephants in the room, the political consequence, the blame game, the debate, the publicity machine,...