Life safety is a right not a privilege: How FIREX International 2018 formed part of the answer

Over 18,000 visitors – representing a 12% increase on the 2017 event; and more than 140 exhibitors – 70 of which were new to this year – came together from 29 countries at FIREX International to drive and reflect on the life safety landscape in the UK.

For three days at ExCeL London, fire safety professionals accessed over 10,000+ life safety solutions held to the highest standards.

Amidst the present national agenda regarding fire safety in the built environment – with a particular emphasis on social housing – FIREX was the dedicated platform for engaging with leading experts, exploring proven technologies and receiving essential guidance.

Gerry Dunphy, Brand Director of FIREX International explained, “It is reflective of the times we’re in that a fully-fledged fire safety event is resonating so deeply with the market, and we’re pleased to see an increase in life safety professionals engaging with the event. The show’s growth is a testament to the industry’s demand for change. Both visitor and exhibitor sentiment reflected the criticality of FIREX, and the conversations held on the show floor speak volumes for the way in which FIREX is changing perceptions around life safety being a right, not a privilege.”

Sales Engineer at Specialist Wiring Accessories explained, “The first two days were probably the busiest days that I’ve ever known at any exhibition. It’s brought forward an extremely good quality of contacts and enquiries.”

The show also welcomed the 5th International Tall Building Fire Safety Conference, exclusive to FIREX, in addition to an in-depth seminar programme across the Expertise & Guidance Theatre, sponsored by BAFE, and the FPA Infozone.

A particular highlight of the seminar programme included Dr Chris Cocking’s talk “Human Behaviour During an Emergency.” This hugely popular seminar, presented at the FPA Infozone, provided insight into the rarity of mass panic, and indicated that there is very little evidence to suggest that people panic if they are made aware of the threat – which means that information should not be withheld. His analysis was paired with a tangible solution to provide vital information about what’s going on, what the threat is and what they need to do to escape it.

New to FIREX International 2018 were Show Me How demonstrations in the brand new Sprinkler Zone. These addressed the fire safety concerns keeping visitors up at night by not only offering the latest solutions and technology, but showing how to use them. There were also live smoke demonstrations by GERDA, showing the crucial role of fire doorsets in passive fire protection.

With a newly introduced fire challenge, the 20th anniversary of the Engineers of Tomorrow competition saw fire apprentices compete in live installation challenges.

The Inspirational Speaker Series also drew massive crowds as the show welcomed a fantastic line-up of world class speakers, including comedian and mental health expert Ruby Wax OBE, English rugby legend Sir Clive Woodward OBE and Nicky Moffat CBE, formerly the British Army’s highest-ranking female officer.

Jeremy Rees, Acting CEO, ExCeL London commented, “We were delighted to welcome FIREX to ExCeL London. Our teams are working closely with UBM to support their ambitions for growth and we are delighted that they had another successful event with us. This event, together with the wider P&M series, is playing a vital role in maintaining and creating safe and secure environments, something that resonates strongly with us. We look forward to welcoming visitors and exhibitors again next year, when they will be able to travel to ExCeL more quickly than ever before via the Elizabeth line.”

FIREX International 2019 takes place from 18 – 20 June 2019 at ExCeL London. For more information about participating either as an exhibitor, sponsor or visitor please visit www.firex.co.uk or contact Gerry.Dunphy@ubm.com.

About FIREX International

FIREX International is organised by UBM, which in June 2018 combined with Informa PLC to become a leading B2B information services group and the largest B2B Events organiser in the world. To learn more and for the latest news and information, visit www.ubm.com and www.informa.com.

FIREX

Life safety is a right – not a privilege. Be part of the largest global gathering of fire safety professionals this June in London

Bringing together over 17,000 fire safety professionals, manufacturers, consultants, distributors, end-users and installers at London’s ExCeL in just a few weeks, FIREX is renowned as the global centre of excellence for life safety.

This year, FIREX will welcome over 140 exhibitors, 33 of which are brand new and never before seen at FIREX. Professionals can discover an all-encompassing range of solutions, fully reflective of all key aspects of fire protections, from the latest detection, alarms, sounders and sprinkler systems, through to highly engineered solutions for fire-stopping and passive fire protection.

Strengthening this breadth and depth, FIREX 2018 will welcome a new Sprinkler Feature Area, with nine new sprinkler exhibitors. Visitors will also benefit from a catalogue of CPD accredited sessions, keynote speeches and high-level panel debates, all committed to driving and reflect on the changing life safety landscape. It’s an unrivalled opportunity for visitors to speak face-to-face with industry-leading experts, expand their networks and foster strong business partnerships for a better, safer future.

Importantly, every product at FIREX International adheres to the most stringent compliance guidelines, giving visitors and their customer’s assurance that products procured are safe and fully approved – meeting legal obligations and ensuring protection.

FIREX 2018 Show Features:

ASFP Passive Protection Zone

The Passive Protection Zone provides facilities managers, contractors, service installers, responsible persons and designer’s easy access to the advice, products, services and best practice guidance they need in relation to ‘built-in’ fire protection.

The International Tall Building Fire Safety Conference

The 5th International Tall Building Fire Safety Conference will take place on 19–21 June 2018 at Excel, London alongside the FIREX International Exhibition. Day One will be sponsored by Kingspan, and Day Two of the conference will be sponsored by C-Tec.

Please note that this is a ticketed conference – learn more here: https://www.firex.co.uk/agenda/tall-building-fire-safety-conference

LPCB Red Book Pavilion

The LPCB Red Book Fire Pavilion will bring you access to free information on products and services that have been certified by a highly reputable certification provider.

Whether you look after the fire safety of an organisation or work in the fire safety industry, this was a must-visit area at FIREX International.

Expertise & Guidance Theatre

This theatre is one of the main focal points at FIREX International. It will host case studies, seminars and workshops on best practice and the state of the industry, where professionals can come together and learn from the experts.

Fire Protection Association Infozone

The FPA Infozone will hosts a series of free seminars and surgeries covering a variety of topical issues including timber fires, fire risk assessment competency requirements and business continuity planning. Visitors also have the opportunity to meet with FPA experts for informal 1-2-1 sessions.

Engineers of Tomorrow

The Engineers of Tomorrow competition, which sees young engineers and apprentices compete against each other in a live installation challenge, returns to IFSEC International this year for the 20th time.

This year the competition is taking a further step towards tackling the the growing engineering skills gap by adding a live installation challenge for fire apprentices, as well as for those from the security sector, following a successful trial in 2017. The competition will pit more than 60 young engineers – working in teams of two – against each other. Heat winders will be invited to the Security & Fire Excellence Awards in November 2018, where an overall winner will be announced and claim a £1,000 prize.

Exova: Live Installation Demo

Exova Warringtonfire and Exova BM TRADA will once again form a central part of the Passive Fire Protection Demonstration zone at FIREX International. Their key message is ‘achieving best practice passive fire protection’ and they will be sharing this expertise across via a series of live installation demonstrations which will take place on their stand on each day of the show.

FIA Bar

Providing technical knowledge and advice to anyone who needs it regarding fire safety in the UK, the FIA offers a networking bar situated within FIREX International. Here you’ll be able to discuss the latest technical and legislative topics and gain vital information resources for anything related to fire protection.

Meetings Service

The complimentary matchmaking tool enables visitors and exhibitors to search and connect with each other before the show, allowing you to manage your event schedule.

  • Arrange meetings at exhibitors’ stands or in one of the dedicated Meeting Lounges
  • Search thousands of contacts by job title, products and services, buyer/seller activities and market sector
  • Make the most of your time at the show, pre-arrange meetings and open the door to new business opportunities

Inspirational Speakers Programme 2018

We’re proud to introduce an incredible line-up of aspirational speakers including comedian and mental health expert Ruby Wax OBE, Nicky Moffat CBE and Sir Clive Woodward OBE, who’ll take to the stage to deliver fascinating, diverse talks on the need for positive professional environments, communications, conditions and challenges and sustaining and growing a healthy, happy, high-achieving workforce.

  • Ruby combines expert psychological insight with trademark wit and humour, helping individuals and groups understand how to create an open, honest and successful culture. A hilarious yet essential education, not to be missed by responsible employers and employees alike.
  • English rugby legend and management pioneer, Clive Woodward, takes to the stage to discuss the key attributes needed to create a winning team on and off the pitch; talent, teachability, pressure and will.
  • With over 30 years’ experience in leadership roles within the British Army, Nicky gives us an educated perspective on strong leadership as well as tangible, tried and tested methodology to drive inclusive change and optimum performance.

Ruby Wax OBE

Tuesday 19th June, Keynote Theatre

Nicky Moffat CBE

Wednesday 20th June, Keynote Theatre

Clive Woodward OBE

Thursday 21st June, Keynote Theatre

Stand out seminar sessions

The Fire Sector Response to the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety – Day 1, 10.45– 11.20

–           Brian Robinson CBE, QFSM, FSF: President of Fire Sector Federation

Grenfell – one year on – Fire Sector Federation panel – Day 1, 11.25 – 12.20

As we approach the Grenfell anniversary and following the publication of recommendations from Dame Judith Hackitt’s review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, the Fire Sector Federation has assembled a panel of fire safety experts. The panel will review activities of the last year, discuss proposals for legislative change and make recommendations for improving fire protection throughout the built environment. The panel, representing different aspects of the fire sector, will be available to answer your questions and offer views on developing an appropriate fire safety solution that ensures a tragedy such as Grenfell can never happen again.

FIREX takes place from the 19 – 21 June 2019 at ExCeL London. Get your badge by clicking here

Haes are heading back to FIREX after two year gap

Haes are heading to Firex this June after two years away. As one of the UK’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of fire detection and alarm products, Haes Systems are renowned for innovative and reputable products.

Research and Development is key at Haes and the exhibition stand at Firex will provide an exclusive insight into the ranges of brand new products developed over the past two years.

Esprit Automatic Extinguishant Release Control Panels were recently introduced to the market by Haes. With the ability to release an extinguishant gas to single or dual flooding areas, these control panels are fully configurable to control automatic extinguishant release in multiple scenarios within different industries and businesses.

Also among the new releases are the AOV (Automatic Opening Vent) and Esento Marine control panels. Automatic Opening Vent control is for use with vents, windows, and roof lights, providing a comprehensive and flexible solution for smoke ventilation system control. Esento Marine, exclusively developed to address the issues of limited form and function in the conventional panels market at sea. Designed with the severity of the potential situation in mind, the new panels are equipped with programmable delays to outputs which allow time for an investigation before invoking a full evacuation or muster alarm.

Haes will be at stand A395 at FIREX 2018 and our team of experienced and knowledgeable staff will be on hand to showcase and demonstrate all the new products.

Advanced Showcases Cutting-Edge Innovation at International Trade Show

Advanced’s global reputation as a leader in quality, performance and ease-of-use in fire systems is on show at this year’s Firex.

On show this year (stand A490) include the industry’s unbeatable multiprotocol fire alarm panel, the MxPro 5, which is protecting sites small and large across the UK. Export markets are served by Advanced’s EN54 2-4 and 13 Axis EN intelligent fire system that includes wired and wirelsss devices and Axis AX UL 864 system that includes syncronised fire audio and our new, ground-breaking smoke control solution Dynamix Smoke.

Also on show will be Advanced’s highly specified false alarm management soltion, AlarmCalm, which uses the best in panel processing and device intelligence to deliver a complete approach to one of the major issues in fire system management today.

Other innovtaions on show include TouchControl, the fire system touch screen repeater with Active Maps, and Lux Intelligent – our cloud-enabled emergency lighting compliance system that makes management easy and can reduce costs. Additionally our events team will also be on hand to answer customer queries and help solve technical issues.

Email: marketing@advancedco.com

Tel: +44 (0)1670 707 111

TOA Corporation UK takes to the stage at FIREX International 2018

TOA Corporation UK, the leading global manufacturer of cutting edge commercial audio and security equipment, is celebrating its 41st year in the UK and, at FIREX International 2018, will be demonstrating why it is renowned as the provider of more solutions for more markets than any other company.

Leading the way is Malcolm Crummey, sales manager UK & Ireland at TOA Corporation UK, who will present a seminar session on the subject of lockdowns in schools and explain how technology can be used to protect pupils, staff and visitors. A Lesson in Lockdown for Schools will take place on 21st June 12.15pm-12.40pm in the main FIREX theatre and will be of benefit to visitors who want to find out more about why it is so important to have a clear and effective communication system installed in schools in the event of emergencies.

To complement Crummey’s presentation, Stand A365 will feature a range of solutions that can be used as part of a school lockdown system. This includes the IP-1000 IP network audio management system, which can support up to 1,000 IP addresses and consists of network amplifiers, speakers, microphones, and interface units. Management and operation software allows user to make instant and scheduled broadcasts through a single PC and its in-built flexibility allows easy system expansion beyond conventional system coverage.

Another focal point will be the VX-3000 – winner of the InAVation Award 2017. A cost effective, robust, reliable and energy efficient system, which combines all of the important functions for public address and voice alarm (PA/VA) in one unit, its limited number of components makes design and installation easier, saves space, reduces cable complexity, and enables rapid system configuration. A new wall-mounted version of this system – the VX-3000WM – will also be on display, which can be linked to the standard VX-3000 range but also used as a stand-alone unit in reception and building entrance areas. If used in a decentralised system, where the equipment is installed in electrical risers, its compact size is equally beneficial, as it takes up less space than a standard 19-inch equipment rack and saves on cabling back to a central location.

TOA Corporation UK is renowned for the quality of its amplification and speaker systems and visitors will have the chance to see the company’s powerful new 20W IP horn speaker, which is designed for a variety of indoor and outdoor applications and can fully integrate with video management software (VMS) and IP CCTV systems. In addition, the SC-P620 powered horn and HA-1010-EB slim horn array speakers will be on display. The latter, with its extremely long range, can spread sound to over 600m and is perfect for outdoor applications including airports, skiing locations, sports events, public squares or leisure parks.

Last but certainly not least, the N-8000 Series IP network intercom system remains a popular part of the TOA Corporation UK portfolio and it has now been augmented by the N-SP80 SIP video intercom system, which offers flexible audio and video communications using standard SIP protocols. It can integrate with external SIP compatible systems through a SIP server, while a peer-to-peer mode is also available for standalone system operations without a SIP server environment.

Ahead of the event, Malcolm Crummey concluded, ‘FIREX International is one of the highlights of the year for TOA and we are looking forward to giving visitors to Stand A365 the opportunity to get hands-on with our latest innovations, speak to our team of experts and discover the many advantages of working with us.’ 

For further information please contact please contact Malcolm Crummey by emailing malcolm@toa.co.uk or visit www.toa.co.uk. You can also connect with Malcolm through LinkedIn.

C-TEC to Sponsor Tall Building Conference at Firex

C-TEC is sponsoring the 5th International Tall Building Fire Safety Conference.

Billed as a must-attend event for anyone involved in designing, managing fire risk or firefighting in tall buildings, the 3-day conference will take place at London’s ExCeL alongside Firex (19-21 June).

Said Andy Green, C-TEC’s Marketing Manager: “As a leading manufacturer of world-class life-safety systems, we are well-qualified to sponsor the Tall Building Conference. Delegates will be invited to a networking lunch on our stand on Wednesday to see live demonstrations of Hush2, the latest version of C-TEC’s revolutionary hush button fire alarm solution for flats, apartments, HMOs and other domestic dwellings.”

C-TEC will also be showcasing CAST, its powerful new own-protocol fire detection and alarm system. Created to meet demand for powerful yet cost-effective addressable fire systems, CAST panels are designed to integrate seamlessly with an extensive range of C-TEC-manufactured fire detectors, sounders, call points and interfaces.

Other innovations to look out for include the company’s high-performance range of EN54-23 certified visual alarm devices and an advanced range of hybrid digital power supplies.

To find out more, visit https://www.firex.co.uk

Fire Door Safety Week marks 45 years for Geofire

As Fire Door Safety Week begins, UK manufacturer Geofire is celebrating 45 years in the fire industry.

The company began life designing and manufacturing electromagnets for use in fire industry products in 1972, before producing its own range of hard-wired, fire door holders in 1989.

Geofire has continued to grow through its focus on research and development and its ability to design, manufacture and test its products under one roof. This has allowed the business to achieve both the quality required in the industry and empower its engineers to design the next generation of fire products that meet customer’s changing requirements.

In 2013, as sales grew, Geofire relocated to its current purpose built factory and has continued to invest in the latest CNC machinery, automation and testing facilities to ensure it maintains the highest quality standards.

Geofire was first to market with both its wire-free technologies; the Salamander radio-controlled and Agrippa, ‘listen and learn’ technology, sound-activated products, which are mainly used to retrofit into existing buildings. Both brands are battery-powered but are used to serve users with different requirements.

Andy Collinson, CEO of Geofire, explains: “What makes Geofire different is that we are constantly developing our products in the lab to ensure we are always ahead of the game when it comes to fire door technology.

“The team is rightly proud of what has been achieved over the last 45 years and we all excited about the future. We won’t stop, continuous improvement is part of our business and we have some exciting projects in the pipeline.

Nick Goddard, Research and Development Manager who has been an employee since 1994, said: “We are lucky to have a team that is always thinking about the next innovation and of course a management team that invests for the future in our people and their skills, as well as machinery and our manufacturing capabilities.

“Wire-free technology is something we have worked on for a number of years and as we see the market for wire-free technology widen to countries across the world, there is no doubt, despite some scepticism originally, that this technology has begun to build up a reliable and credible reputation for fire protection, in a much easier way than ever before.”

Geofire’s Salamander radio system receives radio signals from a central controller linked to an existing fire panel. It is also specified to the highest fire safety standard in the UK; BS 7273-4 critical actuation (category A).

The Agrippa sound activated devices automatically close fire doors upon hearing the sound of the fire alarm. It is different to similar products on the market because of the intelligent technology used to ‘listen and learn’ the sound of the building’s specific fire alarm, rather than simply a loud noise.

Geofire is part of the British Engines Group, which has seven engineering businesses across the North East of England and offices in 16 other countries worldwide.

http://www.geofire.co.uk

http://firedoorsafetyweek.co.uk

Kentec checks-in at Belfast’s iconic Ten Square hotel development

FIREX Stand – E125
A £60m expansion of Belfast’s leading boutique hotel is being protected by a new and upgraded fire safety system that has Kentec’s sector leading control panel technology at its heart. Phase one of Ten Square Hotel Belfast’s impressive 50-bedroom extension was completed in December 2016, with work on the whole project set to finish later this year. This first phase expansion has also added the new Linenhall Business Centre with conferencing, function rooms and events space. The hotel development’s second phase will see a 66-bedroom expansion on the other side of the original hotel building into the former Scottish Amicable Building on Donegall Square to include a spa and gym, and will bring the hotel’s bedroom capacity to over 140.

Specialised Fire & Security supplied and installed a new, networked fire safety system for the new areas of the building whilst also upgrading the hotel’s existing fire system, which involved replacing the existing control panel and integrating the old system into the new one.

Kentec’s flagship ‘open protocol’ Syncro series, recognized as one of the most powerful systems of its type on the market today, guarantees the very highest standards of performance, safety and reliability that such leading edge life-safety installations demand.

Kentec’s Syncro series of fire control panels use the most advanced microprocessor technology to provide a control system of extremely high integrity. Syncro can be configured to suit all types of system from the most simple to the highly complex. Its fully integrated and secure network provides an intelligent interface for building control.

John Moore, Specialised Fire & Security’s Contracts Director, explains ‘We were very pleased to be able to specify Kentec Syncro fire safety control panels for both the new and upgraded parts of the fire safety system. This was not a straightforward installation, as the Kentec panels had to communicate together to run two protocols on the same network of panels for Hochiki detectors installed on the new phase and Apollo detectors on the existing phase of the hotel. We have worked with Kentec on a number of projects and know that we can rely on their products to deliver the performance and reliability critical life-safety projects demand.’
FIREX Stand – E125
For product information Kentec +44 (0)1322 222121 or visit www.kentec.co.uk

Meet FFE’s new Fireray beam detectors at FIREX

FIREX Stand – E200

Come and meet FFE’s brand new Fireray beam detectors at this year’s FIREX show in London (booth E200). The new range offers the full suite of beam detector types (Reflective, End-to-End and Exd) and is modular, providing tailored protection for the widest range of applications.

We can’t give too much away for now – full details will be revealed at the launch, but here’s an insight of what to expect:

  • Industry-leading alignment and commissioning time
  • No specialist tools or knowledge needed for installation
  • Minimised nuisance alarms with patented FFE technology
  • Can be installed in a wider range of applications than before
  • Low-level controller, reducing expense and risk
  • Installation in 25% less time
  • Interrogates and diagnoses events
  • Operates in dusty and wet environments

FFE has years of experience developing beam detectors and is the recognised world-leader in beam detector technology. The new Fireray range is the result of extensive research, customer consultation and site visits, all culminating in a beam detector that provides the best protection and ease of ownership for end-users.

In addition to the Fireray range, FFE will of course be showing its extensive range of fire safety technology, including Talentum flame detectors, which are ideal for harsh industrial environments such as recycling and oil and gas production.

Whatever your fire risk, FFE can help, so why not call past booth E200 at FIREX to find out more?

FIREX Stand – E200

Yet Another World Heritage Site Gets Advanced Fire Protection

FIREX Stand – D140

Durham Cathedral, the 1,000-year-old World Heritage Site and one of Britain’s most visited buildings, is now protected by market-leading intelligent fire panels from Advanced.

Founded in 1093 and the final resting place of St Cuthbert, Durham Cathedral remains the seat of the Bishop of Durham, the fourth most senior cleric in the Church of England. As well as being the North-East home of the Magna Carta, which was taken to London during the Reformation and now makes occasional trip back to the north, the Cathedral and its environs have also featured in numerous Hollywood films including the Harry Potter franchise.

The Advanced MxPro panels specified for the Cathedral were supplied by Custom Advanced Systems Limited and installed by Expert Fire Solutions, both long term partners of Advanced. The fire system covers the entire Cathedral complex, including the new ‘Open Treasure’ exhibition that gives the public access to previously unseen parts of the Cathedral. It is comprised of two MxPro 5 panels, linked by fault-tolerant network cards and supplemented by a remote display terminal.

Alan Raine, Director at Expert Fire Solutions, commented: “Advanced panels are our first choice every time, combining innovation, ease-of-use and reliability. Durham Cathedral is a historic gem, but also a working ecclesiastical building with over 700,000 visitors each year, so the fire system needs to be specified to the highest level, while also fitting discretely within the fabric of the structure.”

In addition to the remains of St Cuthbert, whose body was brought to the mainland from Holy Island in 875AD following Viking raids, the Cathedral is also home to the remains of St Bede, which were interred in the Galilee Chapel in 1370. Born in Jarrow around 672 AD, Bede wrote the Ecclesiastical History of the English People, and is often described as the ‘Father of English History’.

Jo Hughes, Property & Facilities Manager at Durham Cathedral, said: “Durham Cathedral has played a prominent role in the history of the North East and it continues to attract visitors from around the world. Both the building itself, and priceless artefacts such as Prior Castel’s Clock, deserve the best possible protection. After working closely with the installation team, we concluded that Advanced panels offered the right combination of quality, reliability and functionality required for this vital system.”

MxPro is the fire industry’s leading multiprotocol fire solution, offering customers a choice of two panel ranges, four detector protocols and a completely open installer network that enjoys free training and support. MxPro panels can be used in single loop, single panel format or easily configured into multi-loop, high speed, 200 panel networks covering huge areas and thousands of field devices. Advanced’s legendary ease of installation and configuration and wide peripheral range make it customisable to almost any application.

Neil Parkin, Advanced Sales Manager for the North, commented: “Durham Cathedral is the latest in a long line of historic and ecclesiastical buildings to enjoy Advanced protection, including Iona Abbey in Scotland, Hagia Sophia in Istanbul and Lincoln Castle, home of another copy of the Magna Carta. The Advanced panels installed in the Cathedral are renowned for their quality and reliability, which makes them ideal for a high-profile and sensitive installation such as this one.”

Advanced is a world leader in the development and manufacture of intelligent fire systems. The legendary performance, quality and ease-of-use of its products sees them used in prestigious and challenging locations all over the world, from single panel installations to large multi-site networks. Advanced products include complete fire detection systems, multi-protocol fire panels, extinguishing control and fire paging systems. More details can be found on the website at www.advancedco.com.

FIREX Stand – D140