Sharpfibre Participate In ASFP Regional Seminars


Sunday, February 02, 2014

Sharpfibre are honoured to be taking part in a series of ASFP regional seminars, with the most recent taking place on 22nd January.  Held in Sunderland in conjunction with the Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service at their headquarters, the event was the second of several scheduled under the title Understanding Passive Fire Protection, with the first seminar held in Manchester back in September.  

Our Director of Sales and Marketing, Gareth Dean, is representing Shaprfibre at the seminars.  Sharpfibre’s role within the seminars is to provide an overview of passive fire protection from the perspective of a specialist fire contractor, which is delivered through an in-depth case study.  

The events have proven extremely popular and have been oversubscribed, with the audience of the Sunderland based seminar including representation from Building Control, Main Contractors, the Utilities, Local Authorities, the Scottish Parliament and the NHS.  

The Sunderland event had more speakers than the first seminar in Manchester, with the full list of presentations and issues discussed provided below:

An overview of risks in buildings in relation to passive fire protection
Wilf Butcher, CEO Association for Specialist Fire Protection

Structural fire protection, compartment wall penetrations and fire stopping
Niall Rowan, Technical Officer of the Association for Specialist Fire Protection

Understanding fire resistant glass
Giles Wilson, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Technical Affairs of Glass and Glazing Federation

The role of fire doors, frames and fire seals
John Fletcher, Technical Consultant to the British Woodworking Federation

Door hardware maintenance and replacement
Jacky Sinclair, Technical Consultant to the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers

The specialist fire contractor’s perspective – a case study
Gareth Dean, Director Sharpfibre Limited

Fire Ducts and Dampers
Paul White – Managing Director, Advanced Smoke Group Ltd

Fire Risk Assessment, ensuring it is suitable and sufficient
Niall Rowan, Technical Officer of the Association for Specialist Fire Protection

ASFP/FPA industry training initiative
Wilf Butcher, CEO Association for Specialist Fire Protection

Fire Safety Awareness for Landlords
Cllr Mark Healey, Chairman of Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Authority

The next scheduled seminar is due to take place in London on 20th March 2014 at the London Fire and Rescue headquarters, followed by one on 8th April 2014 at the South Wales Fire and Rescue headquarters in Cardiff.  

Further seminars are planned, although dates are yet to be confirmed.  It is expected that a Belfast seminar will be held in May, Scotland in June and Bradford in July.  

Visit the ASFP website for full details on the London seminar and to stay up to date with planned future events.  



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