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November 2013

18th Century Fire Engine

18th Century Fire Engine

This wooden fire engine belonged to the town of Knaresborough and is typical of the small manual engines made in the 18th century. It was made made by 'Phillips, Surreyside of Blackfriars bridge, London.' Samuel Phillips was making fire engines by 1760 and in 1797 the firm became Phillips and Hopwood. The company would also have made pumps for other purposes. The engine bears the date 1774. More details...

Chicken Takeaway Fined £17,000

In Croydon, the owner of a chicken takeaway was fined £17,000 and ordered to pay £22,752 in costs after he committed a string of fire safety offences in his premises, where people were sleeping on the two floors above the shop. Full story...

Yacht Company Fined £25,000

A yacht company has been fined £25,000 plus £65,000 in costs after a worker suffered horrific burns and almost died when a tall ship that was undergoing refurbishment caught fire. Full story...

Sex Club Fined £300

The owner of a sex club in Plymouth, Devon, kept the premises open and occupied despite a prohibition notice restricting its use until suitable fire safety standards were met.

John Malcolm Vaughan Morgan pleaded guilty at Plymouth Magistrates' Court to breaching the RRO by failing to comply with the requirements of a prohibition notice. He was fined £300 and told to pay £1,000 in costs.

Quietest Year On Record

We were really pleased to read that the London Fire Brigade reported their quietest Bonfire Night on record, with no major incidents, and most other brigades up and down the country reported the same!

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Recycling Plant Fire Precaution Warning

The recent spate of large-scale incidents at recycling plants and sites across the UK has emphasised the need for all operations involved in this kind of work to urgently reassess their fire safety procedures and take a more proactive approach.

Our call to companies in the recycling industry to assess their fire prevention systems as a priority and to take a close look at their on-site training has received plenty of coverage in the press, with Materials Recycling World, the UK’s leading recycling & waste management magazine (20,000 weekly circulation) running the story, while Plastics and Rubber Weekly published the story in their magazine and also online here...

October 2013

Boy’s house fire death: landlord jailed

Ajit Singh, of Cleveland Avenue, Kettering, was jailed for failing to take general fire precautions in properties in nine streets in Kettering. One of the properties, in Edinburgh Road, caught fire on May 22 last year and a seven-year-old boy, Mateusz Wlodarczyk, died in the blaze. Full story...

Labour Councillor Loses Appeal for Fire Convictions

The London Fire Brigade have reported how a restaurant owner has lost his appeal against a £10,800 fine for fire breaches. The case was unusual, sadly not because he pleaded guilty to eight fire offences - multiple offences are unfortunately very common. It was out of the ordinary because the man who pleaded guilty to the offences was in a position of leadership as a Labour councillor. Full story...

Champagne for Brian!

On 8th October, we were delighted to welcome Alan Oliver of Checkmate Fire to Safety Management (UK). Alan called in to present Brian Gregory (our MD) with a bottle of champagne for his 'excellent' performance at the recent Checkmate Fire 'Passive Fire Safety Conference' in association with Aviva Insurance at their premises in London. Read on...

August 2013

Legal Update Seminar

Tuesday, 17 September 2013
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston

Three short presentations will be given to update you on the legal duties placed upon you as a Company Director. The event takes place at the delightfully relaxing Brockholes Nature Reserve to take some time out and enjoy lunch away from the stresses and strains of the office.

The speakers at this event are Chartered Safety Manager, Claire Sheehan, HR Director, Tracey Murphy and Environmental Consultant, Shirley Newman.

Free, deluxe and VIP Tickets available at
or Call 01253 843277

All delegates will receive a resource pack containing over 500 worth of free resources including training packs, template documents and sample products.

Checkmate - FREE Passive Fire Protection Seminar

We are pleased to announce that our Managing Director, Brian Gregory, will be speaking at the Checkmate Passive Fire Protection Seminar at Aviva Insurance in London on Wednesday 4th September 2013.

Brian has been invited to speak at this industry-leading event on the subject of Risk Rating of Fire Doors, a topic which is very closely linked to our work in fire risk assessment. His presentation is at 1.40pm, straight after the free buffet lunch, and will explain how a business can manage and priorities the work on fire doors. Whilst it is easy to identify faults and say they need to be fixed, prioritising a schedule of work is more difficult. Brian explains how 'Prioritisation Software' can be used to produce an effective schedule of works for companies with hundreds and perhaps thousands of doors; this is ideally suited to the Social Housing Sector and those with large volumes of fire doors.

Attendance of the seminar constitutes 4 hours worth of CPD points, which are claimed through Checkmate Fire.

Businesses to Benefit from Better Enforcement

The government today welcomed a commitment from the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) to work with businesses to improve how fire safety regulations are enforced. Read on...

Daily Telegraph & Daily Star Coverage

Our article on first year university students being a fire hazard has received attention in two of the national daily newspapers. Read on...

July 2013

Pay Peanuts, Get Monkeys

People need to get their responsibilities for fire safety right when choosing a competent person to carry out risk assessments for them. Speaking at FIREX International last month, Simon Ince (of Warrington Certification) warned against the temptation to use a cheap fire risk assessor. Read on...

June 2013

CPD Seminar: Understanding the Fire Safety Order

Are you interested in finding out more about the practical applications of the Fire Safety (2005) Order in the workplace? Our fire safety seminar, Fire Safety in Non-domestic Premises, is accredited by the Institute of Fire Safety Management (IFSM) and attracts a One Hour CPD award and certificate. We are now delivering this seminar across the UK to clients and interested parties alike. More details...

Heavy fine for fire safety breaches

A Lake District inn and its director have been fined thousands of pounds for breaching fire safety regulations.

Derek Sweeney, 57, a director of the Travellers Rest at Grasmere appeared at Kendal Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Tuesday 11 June) charged with six breaches relating to a property he owns in Field Foot, Grasmere. Full story...

Press Coverage:

After a recent report suggested that 200m in savings could be made from fire and rescue services, we fear these cuts will have a negative impact on the safety enforcement work that fire services conduct throughout housing providers and businesses, with care homes being particularly vulnerable. Our response to the report was picked up by, the UKs leading website for the care home sector. View the article here...

Press Coverage:

Our call to make sprinklers a legal requirement has now been used by, the leading website for the architecture and construction industry, as part of a major feature on high rise safety. View the article here...

Dehui poultry plant fire: Locked exits 'blocked escape'

A fire at a poultry processing plant in China has killed at least 119 people, officials say. The fire broke out at a slaughterhouse in Dehui in Jilin province early on Monday. Full story...

Swansea Hotel Fined

The Grand Hotel in Swansea has had to pay more than £5,000 after pleading guilty to six charges under the Fire Safety Order. The charges included failing to carry out a fire risk assessment, failure to provide adequate staff training, failing to carry out building work to prevent the spread of fire and failing to maintain fire precautions. More details...

May 2013

Ricoh Arena fire fear sparked by Muse concert rehearsals

A photograph of Coventry's Ricoh Arena seemingly on fire sparked alarm on social media that the stadium was burning down. The picture, tweeted on Monday 27th May, actually shows part of a pyrotechnic display being rehearsed ahead of Muse's rock concert at the venue on Wednesday. More details...

Enforcement Notice Saved Lives

A Blackpool Indian takeaway owner has been fined £9000 and ordered to pay £2607 costs after pleading guilty to 9 charges under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Muhammad Attique, the owner of Tazy’s takeaway on Church Street, had used the premises to provide accommodation for his employees. More details...

Partnership is Checkmate for Fire Safety

Checkmate is a specialist passive fire protection installation & survey company, providing professionally managed, cost effective fire compliant services nationally to a wide range of clients. More details...

Clapham Health Spa Sentence

The former director and owner of Clapham health spa has been given a four month suspended prison sentence after a fire broke out at his club. Ron Kemeny was also ordered to pay £30,000 in court costs for breaking the fire safety regulations which caused a blaze in July 2010. More details...

Call for Care Home Sprinkler Systems - the UK's leading news provider for the care home sector - is now carrying a report on our call to make fire sprinklers a legal obligation in care homes. More details...

April 2013

Cumbria Coverage for our Call for Sprinkler Systems

Our call for a move towards compulsory sprinkler systems as a matter of urgency has gained significant coverage in Cumbria, with the North West Evening Mail and four other papers running the story this week: NWE Mail Article here...

Arsonist Ordered to Pay $400M for Nuclear Submarine Fire

A 25-year-old man from Maine has been sentenced to 17 years in prison and ordered to pay $400 million in restitution after admitting to setting two fires in and around the nuclear submarine USS Miami. Full story...

Buddy, go get help!

This is the kind of Buddy you really want in a crisis.

Buddy the German Shepherd proved to be a real-life Lassie as he led police straight to his family home which was on fire. Full story...

Call for Sprinkler Systems

Our call for compulsory sprinkler systems in high rise social housing has featured on the Inside Housing magazine website.

In the wake of the verdict at the end of last month on the deaths of six people in the Lakanal tower block blaze in Southwark, south London in July 2009, we have called for legal changes that would make it compulsory to install sprinkler systems in high rise social housing blocks. Full story...

Burning Rubber?

The clip below shows a 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV worth £1m going up in flames in West London at the weekend.

The owner described the situation as a 'bitter reminder that you should always carry a fire extinguisher when you have a classic car.'

The video shows the developing fire which eventually engulfs the vehicle and completely destroys the interior. London Fire Brigade firefighters are then seen tackling the blaze, which the owner apparently believes is not a death sentence for the vehicle.

No one was injured in the fire, and it is not known what started the blaze, which appeared to originate from the area behind the passenger seats. Puts a fresh meaning on burning rubber!

Without knowing the cause of the fire, it is difficult to say whether an extinguisher would have helped in this case, but it does emphasise the point that sometimes simple measures can make a big difference when it comes to fire safety.

Northamptonshire Chamber Magazine - Press

We have been featured in the April/ May issue of Northamptonshire Chamber Magazine. The article covers our partnership with Trafalgar Fire, through which we are joining forces to warn local companies not to risk lives by putting off fire risk assessments or cutting back on vital safety maintenance in a bid to save money during tough economic times. See the article...

D.M. Care Limited fined £35,000 plus costs

D.M. Care Limited has received the highest fine ever in Lancashire for breaches of fire safety regulations. Full story...

Landlord pleads guilty to fire safety breaches

Leslie Brinksman, 49, of Walgrave Road, Newton-Le-Willows in Merseyside was sentenced by Warrington Magistrates Court on 13 March after pleading guilty to four offences under the Fire Safety Order 2005. Full story...

March 2013

Project G.H.O.S.T - Robot Firefighters

Robert Pink MBE, of QinetiQ, recently gave a talk (at the IFE Mid Western Branch AGM) looking at the potential of robotic firefighting.

Mr. Pink's talk focused on Project GHOST, QinetiQ's blue light service which uses fire-fighting robots or remote operated vehicles (ROV'c) derived from bomb disposal robots to aid in dealing with incidents that involve cylinders, CBRN, other types of hazardous materials and in one case a container full of fireworks which was on fire. Full story...

Suspended Sentence for Pub Landlord

A pub landlord was given a custodial sentence for breaking a prohibition notice given by the fire service and for a litany of other fire safety offences. Anthony O’Leary received suspended sentences for four offences in a case that London Fire Brigade says highlights the problem of unsuitable buildings being used as housing. Full story...

Fired up for safety learning

University of Central Lancashire

We are pleased to announce a link up with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to help deliver their fire engineering degree course.

This commitment underlines our passion towards education, helping to train the fire risk assessors of the future and raising standards across the industry. Our aim is to get the key messages and good practice across to people right at the start of their learning. We are delighted to be working with UCLan.

We have already taken on two UCLan graduates in James Grew and Stuart Hutchinson, and are looking to recruit more this summer. James and Stuart have both proved valuable assets to the company, working alongside our experienced internal audit team, as well as venturing out into the wider world to conduct fire risk assessments.

This item was featured in the Lancashire Evening Post, in the businessweek section, on Tuesday 12 March 2013.

Lakanal House Had No Fire Risk Assessment

Speaking at the inquest into the blaze -- now into its eighth week -- chartered surveyor David Walker testified that Lakanal House had no fire risk assessment in place and that it should have been among the buildings in Southwark’s property portfolio that was prioritised. Full story...

Roofer Fined £21 Million

A South Wales roofing firm is negotiating with claimants after being ordered to pay more than £21 million in damages for its part in a fire that devastated a West Midlands factory. Full story...

Stalin used for Tayside 'Test It Tuesday'

Tayside Fire and Rescue has used an unlikely historic figure to encourage people to test their smoke alarms – Russian dictator Josef Stalin. Full story...

PFPF concerned by poor fire safety compliance

The Passive Fire Protection Federation (PFPF) has launched a new campaign aimed at improving fire safety enforcement and compliance, in response to what it sees as "a general lack of respect for fire safety regulations and regulatory guidance". Full story...

February 2013

BBC endorsement for fire safety message

This morning, 22nd February 2013, our Managing Director, Brian Gregory, was interviewed on BBC Radio Northampton on the subject of fire risk assessment, specifically looking at the problems that have given rise to the high number of 'unsatisfactory' outcomes to local fire safety audits. Listen to the interview here

Chemical manufacturing company fined more than £10,000

Atom Scientific Ltd was convicted under the Fire Safety Order for putting the lives of its workers at risk at its chemical manufacturing and biological testing premises in Audenshaw, Tameside. Full story...

January 2013

Letting Agents had No Knowledge of Fire Safety Regulations

Manchester property company specialising in sales and domestic lettings has been convicted of breaching fire safety regulations.

Alex and Dines Ltd was fined £3,000 at Bury Magistrates’ Court and ordered to pay costs to Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) of £4,472 with a £15 victim surcharge. Full story...

Fire safety warning to small businesses after newsagent fined

Small businesses have been warned not to ignore fire safety after the owner of a Greater Manchester newsagent was convicted for fire safety offences. Yakup Patel failed to carry out a fire risk assessment, provide a fire alarm or a means of escape from fire. Full story...

Toasted cheese closes Norwegian tunnel

Toasted cheese closes Norwegian tunnel

Damaged caused when a lorry loaded with 27t of goats cheese caught fire in a Norwegian tunnel is likely to take several weeks to repair.

The truck driver realised that his trailer was on fire when driving through the Brattli tunnel on Thursday. He left the trailer in the tunnel 300m from the southern entrance. The fire was still going on the Friday afternoon. The authorities expect the tunnel to be closed for at least two to three weeks. A contractor has started work on the repairs this week. The Construction Index

The Importance of Sprinklers

A provisional analysis of sprinkler stops reported during 2012 has revealed that sprinklers are successfully protecting a wide range of buildings from ravage by fire.

The analysis, from the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association (BAFSA), lists over 60 incidents where sprinkler systems have profitably been called into action throughout the UK. The premises protected by sprinklers included individual rooms in houses in multiple occupation (HMO), large supermarkets, schools, factories and chemical works.

The value of the buildings saved ranged from 11,500 to 80 million including locations as diverse as the world famous Eden Project in Cornwall, where a packaging fire in February was controlled by sprinklers in a single-storey building at the tourist hotspot. The type of fire varied from fat fires to those caused by faulty heaters, freezers and electrical circuits and chemical fires. Source: Info4Fire

False Economy - Businesses Gambling With Their Future

Business is still not getting it right when it comes to managing their own fire safety. Putting off fire-risk assessments and cutting back on vital maintenance and investment in safety measures are significant problems in the commercial sector in Yorkshire and beyond: View the full story with the Yorkshire Times...

51% Failure Rate

OVER half of business premises inspected by Cumbrias fire and rescue service in 2011-12 failed a safety audit, new figures show. Our study reveals that 201 of the 391 audits carried out in the year to March were deemed unsatisfactory: View the full story with the North West Evening Mail...

This article was also picked up by the in-Cumbria website here...

Pub Fire Safety Press

Our pub fire safety story is being featured by Admiral Taverns on their website. View the full story...

Hampshire Fire Safety Press

Our fire safety report is being run by four of the key Hampshire newspapers.

Famous Five

The famous five fire safety fines - so common we hear about them nearly every week and yet they can be so easily avoided. In this instance, Martin Mcoll Ltd has had to pay out £21,000 in fines! It all sounds so simple, but it's amazing how many businesses are guilty of the following...

Online Training Press

Lancashire Telegraph ran a piece about our online fire training:

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