Association for Specialist Fire Protection Ireland

'A Question of Safety' from ASFP Ireland 2017

        

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection Ireland (ASFPI) gave visitors to Facilities Management Ireland, Dublin an opportunity to question a range of experts from across the built environment regarding the specification, installation, inspection and management of passive fire protection.

The interactive question time event, held in the RDS Merrion Room from 10.30am-12.30pm on Tuesday 7th March 2017, allowed visitors to pose questions to a panel of experts which included:

- Fire Engineer: William Ward, Arup
- Fire Stopping Manufacturer:  Carl Atkinson, FSI (ASFP Chairman)
- Certification Body:  Peter Barker, International Fire Consultants 
- Certification Body: Kieron Tierney- Jones, Exova Warringtonfire
- Passive Industry:  Niall Rowan, Association for Specialist Fire Protection 
- Main Contractor: Rob Fox, Walls Construction
- Specialist Contractor: Alan Dignam, Fire Protection Specialists
- BCAR Assigned Certifier:  Conall Finn, i3PT Certification
- Building Owner:  Aidan O’Connor, Health Services Executive
- Facilities Manager:  Eyre Massey, Acacia Facility Management

Questions were raised about how to ensure compliance of fire protection products both in new build and legacy projects, with concerns raised about correct specification and ongoing compliance . The use of third party certificated products and installers was highlighted as key to ensuring that the correct product is specified and then correctly installed.

The need to reduce fragmentation in the construction industry and ensure that fire protection specialists are involved early in the design and build process was also seen as key, as well as ensuring the competancy of all concerned, from the designer and specifier, through to the installer and certifier.

Training and education was seen as vital if further improvements were to be made. New courses from ASFP are currently being developed and will be launched later in the year.