BIFM South Region reports on 'Fire Saving Lives' CPD event

27-07-18 14:36 BIFM

BIFM South Region July event was hosted at the South Downs Parks Authorities Head Office in Midhurst. With recent high-profile fires, the issues of fire detection and fire suppression have never been more prominent in people’s minds. The need for compliant systems to effectively detect fires and suppression systems to control or extinguish them to protect people and property is of paramount importance.

Lee Thompson, Senseco Systems, gave an illustrated presentation in two parts and looked at water mist systems as an alternative to sprinkler systems, giving the pros and cons of each. He focused on the updated fire detection and alarm standards BS5839-1:2017 and gave an overview of the changes to the standard and what to be aware of.

His talk covered the different types of detectors and where they were to be used and importantly the maintenance requirements especially regarding dual purpose detectors. He stressed the importance of maintenance and ensuring that when a building changes its use that detection and suppression systems are made fit for purpose. The design codes specify coverage of escape routes and risk and these can easily change when a building is updated or modified.

Members present at the meeting raised a variety of interesting questions and gained a great deal from the subject material.

After the presentation, Kate Miles, Facilities and Property Manager at the Parks Authority did a tour of the Grade 2 listed building that had been recently refurbished and explained the history of the building which had previously been a school.

We would like to thank BIFM South Member, Kate Miles for hosting this event and our main speaker, Lee Thompson for sharing his extensive knowledge and experience.

The event culminated in refreshments and networking and a charity collection was made on behalf of Rowan’s Hospice and the national chairs charity raising £85.00

The presentation is on the BIFM South website and for further details please contact Ian Fielder at

BIFM South Region is supported by Procore FM and The Resourcing Group

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