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Fire Safety Scotland 2018 Preview

07 August 2018

FIRE SAFETY Scotland returns to the Glasgow SEC on 12-13 September 2018 and will offer an unrivalled line up of free educational content and live demonstrations.

Following on from a successful launch in 2017, Fire Safety Scotland will once again be co-located with Health and Safety Scotland and Facilities Scotland. It will boast more than 120 exhibitors and 2,000 delegates across the two days. 

This year's show will for the first time boast live demonstrations of key fire safety products being tested throughout the day. Kingspan will display its fire robot on stand FS19, which will do a live burn test of a Kingspan insulation panel that will prove that it will not burn during a major fire. There will be four live demonstrations each day, which will take place at 9:00, 11:30, 13:00 and 15:00. 

Advanced will also be doing live demonstrations on how to ensure fire detection systems are reliable and how to avoid unwanted alarms. There will be a demonstration area of Advanced detection systems in the entrance way of the Fire Safety Keynote Theatre and there will be live alarm testing done after most sessions in the theatre. 

Keynote Theatre

Once again, the Fire Safety Keynote theatre will be sponsored by Advanced and will have an unparalleled line up of free educational content, which offers four hours of CPD-accredited content each day. 

The popular breakfast briefing sessions will return at 8:30 on both days and delegates will be able to enjoy a free breakfast while networking before doors open and will also be entertained with a lively panel debate. On day one, the breakfast briefing will focus on preventing major fires with a special focus on how to protect data centres. The session will also look at how to prevent major fires on buses and coaches. It will examie new legislation that demands sprinklers on these vehicles.

The breakfast briefing on day two will feature a panel session offering advice on how to ensure you have a competent contractor carrying out fire safety work. It will give examples of how patients and staff are kept safe in hospitals in the event of a fire. It will also offer an insurer's perspective on what your liabilities are.

At 10:00 on day one, Neil Parking will explain your legal responsibilities to ensure your fire detection systems are not only reliable but also compliant with the law. This session will then be followed by a focus on Grenfell Tower and the Independent Review on Fire Safety. British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association's Stewart Kidd will outline the Association's submission to the review and to the Grenfell Inquiry. He will also provide key warnings on how to protect tall buildings. 

The next seminar will focus on preventing major incidents In hazardous environments. The session will provide guidance on how to detect and protect against major fires in hazardous environments in places such as oil refineries. It will also touch on how to prevent incidents in major hospitals. This includes insights into systems that can either identify fires before they become a major incident and systems that can extinguish the fire quickly.

In the afternoon, the Keynote Theatre will play host to an open meeting of the Association of Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) with the aim of educating and updating delegates on passive fire protection. Niall Rowan will deliver talks on the ASFP's response to the Hackitt/Scottish fire regulations review. He will also discuss the vital role of passive fire protection and provide a general introduction to passive fire protection systems. ASFP head of training Phil Browhill will also talk about the need for training and competence for working with and installing passive fire protection products. 

Day two will begin with a seminar on how to prevent fires in tall buildings. EMS' Ray Puttock will focus on how to prevent fires in tall buildings and share case studies of how devastating fires can be in these buildings. The next session will be delivered by Kingspan's Tony Ryan who will focus on reducing the risk of fires in cladding systems. He will provide insights on how to ensure you select safe cladding systems. He will also demonstrate a live burn test on an insulated panel.

The content in the keynote theatre on the afternoon of day two is not to be missed. It will begin with a session on how to evacuate premise safely. Andy Green will explore if 'Stay Put' is still a safe policy to deploy for evacuating a building during a major fire. Rob McLaughlin will talk about why it's vital that buildings have reliable alarm signaling in the event of a fire so that people can be evacuated safely. While Phil Cain will take this subject a step further and explain Digital Voice, which is the next step in the UK's digital transformation and how alarm signaling will be affected.

The day will conclude with a fire safety mock trial put on by leading law firm Pinsent Masons. The mock trial will be based on a real-life prosecution under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. The audience will be the judge and jury, so this is a session not to be missed.

You can attend Fire Safety Scotland for FREE by registering at www.firesafetyevents.com/scotland