Fire Protection Association training director Howard Passey delivered this message as part of his fire risk assessment master class at the inaugral Global Security Summit London [10-11 Oct].
Within the master class, Passey highlighted how fire protection has progressed in recent years including how fire & rescue services are now taking a more active role in monitoring whether premises are fire safe.
He warned delegates at the event, themed Creating Safer Cities, that "anyone with responsibility for property safety can be prosecuted if risk assessments are not handled correctly".
Passey added: "The competence model is key to keeping the FPA relevant & fire sector moving forward in collaboration with the housing and facilities industry."
His prefered form of risk assesors is someone who is 'consciously competent' i.e. that they are aware of the regulations and how to carry out an assessment but are also not afraid to ask the Association for help.
"All assessors," he stressed, "should be registered with an accredited risk assessor qualification such as that provided by the Institution of Fire Engineers."
Passey continued to give advice to delegates who visited the FPA stand at the event in London Olympia's West Hall where copies of the Association's new arson prevention guides were available [click here for a full list of FPA free resources].
Other speakers at the show, which also incorporated the FM Event, included the Fire Industry Association's Graham Ellicott who discussed Automatic Fire Alarms:to attend or not to attend?; British Woodwork Federation's Kevin Underwood who considered How Safe are your Fire Doors?; and the Home Office's Ben Fletcher who looked at Global Access to the Security World.
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Posted 11/10/2012 by firstname.lastname@example.org