Association for Specialist Fire Protection Ireland


Attracting over 100 delegates, the Association for Specialist Fire Protection Ireland (ASFPI) CPD seminar on Understanding Passive Fire Protection was a great success.

The seminar, held in association with the Chief Fire Officers Association and Dublin Fire Brigade at the Dublin Fire Brigade Training Centre on 2 December, brought together a range of technical experts from across the fire sector to provide essential advice on all aspects of passive fire protection; its specification, installation, inspection and maintenance.

Welcoming delegates to the event, Dublin Fire Brigade Chief Fire Officer Pat Fleming highlighted the vital importance of ensuring adequate fire protection within buildings. He warned that life safety is dependent on fire protection and noted that legacy issues due to past failures in the design and construction process had resulted in changes to the legislation in Ireland.

Stating that everyone has a responsibility for fire safety from the designer and builder to the building occupier, Mr Fleming highlighted the importance of not only designing and building buildings properly but also of adequate inspection and maintenance throughout a building’s life.

“Passive fire protection is very important for two reasons; it protects means of escape and protects firefighters. Firefighters are dependent on buildings behaving as we expect them to, as they are designed to behave. If they don’t, there is a risk to firefighter safety as well as a risk to the inhabitants of the building,” he said.

Other speakers provided detailed discussions on all aspects of passive fire protection. ASFP CEO Wilf Butcher provided an overview of risks in buildings in relation to passive fire protection, while ASFPI operations manager David O’Reilly explained the requirements of the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (BCAR 2014) implemented on the 1st March 2014 and its implications for the design and build process.

Mr O’Reilly provided a detailed introduction to structural fire protection; compartment wall penetrations and firestopping, and was followed by a number of fire sector experts including Douglas Masterson of the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers, Niall Rowan of ASFP and Michael Reneghan of Airforce H&V who offered detailed advice on fire resisting and escape doorset hardware; fire-resistant glazing; fire ducts and dampers.

The day also featured a fire service perspective provided by Keith Boland, Executive Fire Prevention Officer for Dublin Fire and Rescue, a specialist fire contractor’s perspective from Gareth Dean of Sharpfibre and an introduction to fire safety awareness for social housing landlords from James Farrell of Tuath Housing.

The event was supported by a table top exhibition, where ASFP member companies were on hand to provide information and advice to delegates.

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