11 episodes

More than three years following the devastating circumstances of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, what is being done to ensure that everyone involved in the design, construction, and management of buildings, as well as those who occupy them, understands their role in minimising the risks?

The Fire Protection Association's Howard Passey, respected fire safety professional, is joined by industry leaders and stakeholders to discuss all things fire safety.

From legislative change and improving safety standards to the need for greater education and training, we're seeking to move the debate on fire safety forwards and identify ways to work together to improve standards.

A podcast series by the Fire Protection Association. Created as part of our Know Your Building campaign. www.thefpa.co.uk/know-your-building.

Assembly Point Fire Protection Association

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More than three years following the devastating circumstances of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, what is being done to ensure that everyone involved in the design, construction, and management of buildings, as well as those who occupy them, understands their role in minimising the risks?

The Fire Protection Association's Howard Passey, respected fire safety professional, is joined by industry leaders and stakeholders to discuss all things fire safety.

From legislative change and improving safety standards to the need for greater education and training, we're seeking to move the debate on fire safety forwards and identify ways to work together to improve standards.

A podcast series by the Fire Protection Association. Created as part of our Know Your Building campaign. www.thefpa.co.uk/know-your-building.

    75 years in fire safety: What has changed?

    75 years in fire safety: What has changed?

    In the concluding episode for series 1 of our Assembly Point podcast, Howard Passey, Director of Operations at the FPA, marks the Fire Protection Association’s 75th anniversary by talking to Peter Caplehorn, Chief Executive of the Construction Products Association; Adrian Dobson, Secretary of the RIBA EAG; and Dennis Davis, Executive Officer of the Fire Sector Federation. The panel discuss the FPA’s own milestones and its work over the past 75 years, the turning points in fire safety in the UK, and what they hope to see in the next 75 years.
    From the tragic circumstances at Bradford City Stadium to Lakanal House and Grenfell, there have been significant fires in the UK that have sent shockwaves across the fire safety sector – resulting in the introduction of new laws such as the Fire Safety Act. This episode highlights key events that have influenced change within the sector and what more needs to be done to avoid similar events occurring in the future.


    The themes discussed in this episode are central to the FPA’s Know Your Building campaign. Find out more about the campaign by visiting: http://www.thefpa.co.uk/know-your-building (www.thefpa.co.uk/know-your-building). Watch this space for series 2 coming soon!

    • 43 min
    Protecting our most vulnerable

    Protecting our most vulnerable

    In the latest episode of Assembly Point Howard Passey, FPA Director of Operations, talks to Lewis Ramsey, Caretaker Manager at BAFE Fire Safety Register and former Assistant Chief Officer for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, about the key areas to consider when looking at the risk management of fire in buildings occupied by vulnerable people such as schools, hospitals, and care homes. Howard and Lewis discuss how crucial it is to have appropriate fire safety measures in place that ensure occupant safety and are cognisant of the premises layout, construction, and features.
    The themes discussed in this episode are central to the FPA’s Know Your Building campaign. Find out more about the campaign by visiting: http://www.thefpa.co.uk/know-your-building (www.thefpa.co.uk/know-your-building).

    • 39 min
    The Building Safety Bill: What does it mean for fire safety?

    The Building Safety Bill: What does it mean for fire safety?

    In episode 8 of the FPA’s Assembly Point podcast, Jonathan O’Neill OBE – Managing Director at the FPA, speaks to Niall Rowan – Technical and Regulatory Affairs Officer at the Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFA), Russ Timpson – Founder of the Tall Building Fire Safety Network, and Allan Meek – Director of Group SCS. Together the panel explores the implications of the Building Safety Bill following the Government’s review of the Building Regulations.
    The themes discussed in this episode are central to the FPA’s Know Your Building campaign. Find out more about the campaign by visiting: http://www.thefpa.co.uk/know-your-building (www.thefpa.co.uk/know-your-building).

    • 43 min
    Building competency as a building safety manager

    Building competency as a building safety manager

    In our first panel episode of the series, Claire Wright – Head of Training at the FPA, talks to Anthony Taylor – Chairman of Working Group 8, John Brett – Director of Health and Safety Compliance at Estates and Management Limited, and John Briggs – Commercial Director at the FPA.
    Together the panel explores the practical steps building managers can take to ensure they follow the competency framework including the core knowledge, skills, experience and behaviours required for the role of Building Safety Manager.
    The themes discussed in this episode are central to the FPA’s Know Your Building campaign. Find out more about the campaign by visiting: http://www.thefpa.co.uk/know-your-building (www.thefpa.co.uk/know-your-building).

    • 45 min
    Is the current regulation change over sprinklers ignoring a much bigger problem?

    Is the current regulation change over sprinklers ignoring a much bigger problem?

    In episode 6 of the FPA’s Assembly Point podcast we talk to Tom Roche, Senior Consultant at FM Global. Following Grenfell, the government introduced the mandatory provision of sprinklers in all high-rise buildings over 11 metres tall.
    Tom and Howard explore the fact that sprinklers have still not been made mandatory for all new or major refurbished school buildings in England in the revised Building Bulletin 100 document, and why sprinklers should be made mandatory in all high-risk buildings.
    The themes discussed in this episode are central to the FPA’s Know Your Building campaign. Find out more about the campaign by visiting: http://www.thefpa.co.uk/know-your-building (http://www.thefpa.co.uk/know-your-building)

    • 42 min
    What will it take to end the legacy of neglect?

    What will it take to end the legacy of neglect?

    In episode 5 of the FPA’s Assembly Point podcast, join our host Howard Passey as he speaks with Catherine Levin, Political Editor at FIRE Magazine.
    Four years on from Grenfell, Catherine and Howard explore if the provision of fire safety has improved since that tragic day in June 2017, whether the subsequent changes in legislation will be enough to bring about meaningful change.
    Previously Deputy Head of Community Safety at the London Fire Brigade, Catherine also looks at the support required to ensure local fire and rescue services have the resources needed to undertake effective liaison and enforce fire safety action.
    To find out more, listen to this month’s episode or visit our Know Your Building campaign page here: http://www.thefpa.co.uk/know-your-building (www.thefpa.co.uk/know-your-building)

    • 42 min

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11 Ratings

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Brilliant podcast, information and knowledge from an experienced body is paramount for anyone in the fire safety role. You know it’s good when you make notes from a podcast. The clear talk approach and delivery together with the content, make it a must listen.

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Great podcast from the FPA - an industry best! Great host and uber informative subject matter.

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