The Association for Specialist Fire Protection Ireland (ASFPI), established in 2011, aims to support those responsible for legislation, specification, inspection and installation of passive fire protection in Ireland. The initial objective of ASFPI was to bring to Ireland the benefits of, what was then, 35 years of experience gained in the UK since ASFP was formed in 1975.
Today, ASFP guidance is referenced in Irish Building Regulations (TGD B – Fire Safety) and used by organisations such as the Health Services Executive (HSE) and leading fire consultants in their specifications for the correct design, installation, inspection and certification of passive fire protection installations.
The implementation of the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations in 2014 (BCAR) brought about a change of culture within the Irish Construction Industry. Acquiring and demonstrating relevant fire safety competence has proven to be a daunting task for many and ASFPI members are well placed to rise to that challenge. The 2018 Fire Safety Task Force report highlights the importance of demonstrating appropriate competence for all engaged in the management of fire safety in our buildings.
ASFPI offers a structured and professional approach to passive fire protection, working with Government and industry alike to improve the knowledge base of all involved in the manufacture, approval, specification, installation and management of passive fire protection. Its mission is to be the leading authority for passive fire protection in Ireland for the purpose of protecting life, and property and sustaining the environment from the effects of fire.
ASFPI offers guidance, training and members forums, as well as participating in relevant events across Ireland.
To offer the industry it serves with:
- Knowledge / guidance on all aspects of ‘built-in’ fire protection
- Technical support / impartial advice
- Direction through industry authority
ASFP GOALS AND STRATEGIC AIMS
As the leading trade association relating to ‘Built-In’ fire protection, the ASFP is dedicated to the protection of life, property, the environment and our heritage and promotes continuous improvement in all aspects of passive fire protection.
The ASFP strives to promote excellence in the design and installation of fire protection products through high quality and technical expertise, by fostering the education and training of all those involved in the development, specification and use of ‘Built-In’ passive fire protection.
The ASFP reflects a diversity of expertise in the fields of structural fire protection, fire stopping, fire resisting ducting, fire dampers, fire resisting partitions and all elements used for compartmentation, to increase the quality of installed fire protection within all forms of construction.
The ASFP has continued to broaden its membership and remit in response to the significant changes and challenges that are taking place at many levels within the built environment. The Association is responsible for and/or has had a significant input into the vast majority of guidance and standards that exist today across the whole spectrum of the passive fire protection sector.