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Watch this space for events and conferences being held by organisations outside LABC. Expect to see construction industry-related talks, discussions and networking opportunities.

For LABC-run events, courses and workshops visit our What's on page.

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Air, Water and Fire Compliance Awareness Seminars - Delivered by Swiftclean


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SPAB - Fire in Old Buildings

Suite 7, Fazeley Studios,

6 December 2017

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The Role of Fire and Rescue Authorities in Ensuring Public Safety: Strengthening Collaboration, Driving Transformation and Enhancing Effectiveness  9 January 2018 Find out more

Air, Water and Fire Compliance Awareness Seminars - Delivered by Swiftclean

Various dates and locations

The problem with some challenges is that they're invisible day to day.

Either they are hidden away inside ductwork, as with fire dampers or grease in kitchen extract systems; or they are genuinely undetectable to the naked eye, as in the case of legionella bacteria in water.

Swiftclean run free seminars at your premises to help you stay compliant.

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SPAB Fire in Old Buildings

Suite 7, Fazeley Studios, Birmingham

6 December 2017

Drawing on lessons learned from recent high-profile fires, this one day seminar from the SPAB will look at all aspects of fire prevention and management in historic buildings, as well as approaches to reconstruction when the worst happens.

Morning sessions from expert speakers will include understanding the main causes of fire in historic buildings, what detection and suppression systems best suit them, how to balance fire protection systems with original building fabric, and an overview of new research.

The afternoon will consider immediate responses to fire and debate the SPAB approach to dealing with the aftermath of a fire in a historic building. This will be followed by case studies illustrating different approaches to rebuilding, before a final discussion opened out to the audience.

The seminar will take place at Fazeley Studios, Birmingham, easy walking distance from both New Street and Moor Street Station.

For further information, download the Fire in Old Buildings flyer or visit the SPAB website.

The Role of Fire and Rescue Authorities in Ensuring Public Safety: Strengthening Collaboration, Driving Transformation and Enhancing Effectiveness

Grange Wellington Hotel, 71 Vincent Square, London, SW1P 2PA

9 January 2018


Operational Statistics Bulletin for England, Oct 2016). Over the same five year period average response times to primary fires increased by 31 seconds to 8 minutes 37 seconds in 2015/16 (Home Office, 2017).

In addition to coordinating an emergency response to the Grenfell Tower fire, including the announcement of an Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, the Government is proceeding with the ambitious reform agenda for FRAs outlined in The Policing and Crime Act 2017.

This programme seeks to build capability, improve efficiency, increase public confidence, and further enhance local accountability, by placing a ‘duty of collaboration’ on the three emergency services and empowering PCCs to assume governance of FRAs where a robust local business case has been made. HMIC is moreover becoming a single inspectorate for policing and fire, charged with ensuring services are as professional, effective and efficient as possible.

However, considerable challenges exist in simultaneously managing fire risk, realising government ambitions, and reassuring the public against the backdrop of the Grenfell Tower catastrophe...

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