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Nearly every day people die and are injured in fires in the UK

Over 75% of fire casualties happen in peoples' own homes, and these can be prevented.

Residential Fire Sprinklers can eliminate the chance that you will die in a fire in the home.

News and Press

Nov 04, 2019

RSA ChairmanTraining Courses & the new Blue CSCS Card

As you are aware, SKILLCard have decided that they will only provide trade specific Blue CSCS Cards and to receive such a card you will need all of your engineers to pass the new Level 2 sprinkler installation course which is a lot of money and takes a lot of time. Even for the experience worker route, (i.e., engineers who can prove they have been working on sprinklers for at least 4 years), still requires a full week at college at considerable cost).

Therefore, I approached JIB who do the same CSCS cards and they agreed to accept the RSA training course as well as the Xact training course.

While we as the RSA have spent considerable time re-writing our installation course to bring the course up to date and to provide improved quality course handbooks, I have always been concerned that in the end, JIB will not accept the RSA course.

But now we have the green light as the JIB website is now updated and those with an RSA certificate can gain their Blue Card now.

Go to this link:

Here you will see the Qualification Requirements which are:

I have been asked many times if the new card should be applied for now or wait until the engineer’s current card expires. This is difficult to give a definitive answer but my opinion is aa follows:

Blue Sprinkler Cards will be used this month
When some main contractors realise there is a trade specific Blue Card they will insist on the card
Some main contractors are already asking for the card
This will spread very quickly
Therefore, my view is that the earlier you have these cards the better
Also please keep in mind that BAFSA has done an excellent job in persuading SKILLCard to only issue a Blue Card to those who have the level 2 course, so that begs the question, will BAFSA change their mind of JIB? So my opinion is that we will all be safer to gain these cards for all our engineers before the year ends.

The only dates we still have for courses is the Nottingham course on the 21st and 22nd of November in Nottingham. To register please go to this link and follow the information given below under DOODLEPOLL, if you are not familiar with this online software:

Oct 29, 2019

Construction Industry Council Statement

"The built environment professions working together as members of the Construction Industry Council believe further action is required to improve the fire safety of buildings in the UK.

Lives, stock and property are saved by the use of Automatic Fire Suppression Systems (AFSS), which include sprinklers. At present, England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland differ in their requirements for sprinklers yet the incidence and science of fire knows no political or geographical boundaries.

Harmonising building regulations across the nations of the UK regarding the installation of sprinklers would provide clarity to the industry and help protect the public.

We support the installation of sprinklers in all new & converted residential buildings, hotels, hospitals, student accommodation, schools and care home buildings of 11m or above in height and retrofit installation to existing buildings when refurbishment occurs where a building is subject to 'material alterations’. We also support the installation of AFSS including sprinklers below this height on a case-by-case basis of risk assessment.

Each of the professional bodies in CIC with members engaged in the commissioning, procurement, planning, design, engineering, risk assessment, regulation and control, construction, refurbishment and management of any of the building types mentioned in the paragraph above will actively bring forward guidance to their own professionals in line with this statement in the absence of government legislation.”

Feb 26, 2019

NFSA Former President, John Viniello Passes Away

The National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) is saddened to announce the
passing of its former President, John Viniello on Tuesday, February 26, 2019.
John served the Association as President from 1984-2012, and was involved in
the fire sprinkler industry since 1973.

"John’s contribution to the growth of the fire sprinkler industry is visible
today in the number of personnel and the number of programs dedicated to
advancing the mission of saving lives and property from fire through the
widespread acceptance of the fire sprinkler concept,” shared Shane Ray, NFSA
President. "We extend our sympathies to John’s family and everyone who knew
him. His legacy in fire prevention and safety will continue to have impact for
years to come.”

John received the NFSA’s Golden Sprinkler Award in 2005 and was inducted
into the Hall of Fame in 2013. He became a part of the fire sprinkler industry
in 1973 and served in several positions for NFSA from Assistant Director of
Codes and Standards, Regional Manager for the Northeast, to Vice President of
Field Operations, until he became President in 1984. He was involved in the
formation of the International Fire Sprinkler Association in 1999.

Jun 14, 2018

Sprinkler Save at Elmira Street, Ladywell, London

London Fire Brigade were called at 04:14 to a fire at a flat in Elmira Street, Lewisham. Eight fire engines and 58 firefighters from Lee Green, Deptford, New Cross, Forest Hill, Lewisham and surrounding fire stations attended the scene. The fire was under control at 05:23.

An External fire had occurred on the balcony of the flat and Fire spread into the flat operating residential sprinklers. Multiple heads operated controlling/limiting the fire to the flat. The sprinkler system installed to BS9251:2005, within the flat helped to suppress the fire.

Most of the balcony and part of a four-roomed flat on the 13th floor of a 20 storey block were damaged by the fire. Around 180 people left the building before the Brigade arrived. There were no reports of any injuries.

The fire is believed to be accidental and due to the careless disposal of smoking materials.

May 22, 2018

Cornwall Council to install sprinklers in new homes

Cornwall Councillors have signaled their desire to lead by example in keeping residents safe from house fires by agreeing to install sprinklers in all homes the Council builds and commissions in the future.

At today's full Council meeting, Councillors voted to approve a motion brought by Councillor Neil Burden, Cornwall Councillor for Stokeclimsland.

As a result sprinklers will be installed across all future Housing Development Programme (HDP) schemes at a cost of around £1.8million. As announced last month, the HDP will see the Council invest up to £170 million in directly building 1,000 new homes on sites across Cornwall. The developments will be a mix of homes for private market rental with 35% for affordable rent or shared ownership, 15% sold on the private market and 50% available for private market rental.

Cornwall Council cabinet member for homes Andrew Mitchell welcomed the move. "Sprinklers save lives. Our fire service has long advocated for the use of sprinklers as the evidence shows that they can prevent fire from spreading - not only making sure routes are clear for occupants to escape to safety, but also limiting property damage.

"While it is not mandatory to install sprinklers in new homes, this is our opportunity to lead by example. We are investing in building good quality homes for our residents and it is only right that we do all we can to ensure our future housing schemes exceed safety standards.

"While the Council only provides a minority of all the new homes built in Cornwall, I hope that through our example we can promote wider adoption of this approach both by Registered Provider partners and by developers more generally."

Cornwall Council member for Stokeclimsland Neil Burden who first proposed the motion said: "This is but a small investment that will promote best practice and will make a difference for years to come and maybe when a family’s home and belongings have been saved when the sprinklers are triggered, some reflection on the positive action of this Council will be remembered.”