Presentation on theme: "RISK INSIGHT, STRATEGY AND CONTROL AUTHORITY"— Presentation transcript:
1 RISK INSIGHT, STRATEGY AND CONTROL AUTHORITY Speaker ; Martin Harvey,Chairman, Fire Industry AssociationMartin has been involved with the FIA (BFPSA) for over 25 years during this period has sat on a number of working groups, including representing FIA on the CFOA Policy for the reduction of false alarms and unwanted fire signals.He began his career with EMI Electronics, working at the R&D department of AFA Minerva on low voltage fire detectors and controllers. He then moved into the marine and offshore division, designing fire and gas detection systems for North Sea rigs and platforms, before moving to project manage the development and marketing of Thorn Security’s fire detection equipment. Following the acquisition by TYCO and a merger with ADT he took up the position of General Manager for the south west looking after the commercial side of both fire and security systems. In 2012 he took up his present position Director of Regulatory affairsRISK INSIGHT, STRATEGY AND CONTROL AUTHORITYReducing insurable risk through research, advice and best practice
2 Martin Harvey Fire Industry Association UK Fire and Rescue Service Policy for the Management of Automatic Fire AlarmsMartin HarveyFire Industry Association
3 General CommentsBelieved that around 10-20% of systems cause about 80-90% of the false alarmsAnnual cost in the UK estimated at in excess of £1BExcessive false alarms are covered under the Fire Safety OrderSignificant progress can be achieved by both the FRSs and end users along with their system installers and service providers
4 UK Fires and False Alarms 1994-2009 Incidents continue to decreaseLatest fire stat:337,000 false alarms (from a peak of 507, )Good intent 93, %Due to apparatus 230,000 -5%Malicious 14, %
5 Why Tackle False Alarms Unwanted fire signals put life at risk by diverting essential Fire and Rescue Services resourceUnnecessary risk is caused to the crew and the public on unwanted call-outsCost to businesses in releasing retained fire fighters and when activities are disrupted by evacuations and process shut-downsLoss of confidence in systemsSubstantial drain on public finances
6 CFOA Protocol ‘Signed’ September 2010 Followed on from 2008 Policy Not fully adopted
9 ConcernsAlthough call challenge is expected to reduce false alarm vehicle mobilisations and increase available resources to fire prevention activities , the benefits are rapidly eroded due to increased property damage costs caused by delays introduced in attending real fires. A delay of one minute is estimated to increase property damage by about £20m per annum.Not responding until the fire is confirmed, results in a significant increase in property damage costs and life loss.
10 A Missed Opportunity! What could have been According to the ACPO Systems Group in 2000 there were 936,620 remote security systems and in the same year the number of false alarms was 921,640Whereas in 2010 there are 1,145,668 remote security systems but only 212,987 false alarms
11 Its Different Here!!! Survey of 43 Different Fire and Rescue Services 29 Different response policy's to AFAs
12 Commercial standard risk Commercial high risk Commercial standard riskCommercial high riskHealth care and residential careResidential individual dwellingsResidential multiple occupantsAuthorityDayNightAvon31Bedfordshire5Berkshire62BuckinghamshireCambridgeshireCentral ScotlandCheshireCornwallCumbriaDevon and SomersetDorsetEast SussexEssex1No call back or filtering, Full PDA, Blue lights2No call back or filtering, Reduced PDA, Blue lights3Call back or filtering, Full or Reduced PDA, Blue lights4No call back or filtering, Investigation vehicle only, Blue Lights5Call back or filtering, Reduced PDA, Normal road speeds6No attendance for unconfirmed AFA
13 As a Business owner where am I ? The RFS response in one county may be totally different to an adjacent countyDo I now have to man my Business during the non response times?
14 Have government solved the problem with the localism bill?
15 If Charging Becomes the Norm Systems will be disconnected and life safety will be threatenedAnd charges are passed to the ARCs then it is likely that they will disconnect the fire systems and pass no signals at all which would be a disaster for fire safetyThen charges should be levied on the organisation employing the Responsible Person
16 What Can be Done?Case studies and measures in hospitals during the Fire Brigade strike in 2002 show that false alarms can be substantially reduced at sourceThe FIA is working with others to achieve progress but further stakeholder engagement is vitalThird Party Certification recommendation is helpful but should be made compulsory within a defined timescaleUniform adherence to the Policy is needed as opposed to the highly disparate approaches which are apparent
17 Working Together - Kings College, London 80 buildings over 8 mile radius in London with 5,000 staff and 25,000 students using around 400,000 m2 of floor spaceSenior Fire Safety Officer working with service providers Drax and HoneywellAgain, a case of identifying the problems and targeting the remedial actions381 false alarms across sites in 200713% reduction in 2008 and further 10% in 2009To date reductions continue
18 Working Together – Princess Yachts, Plymouth Luxury yacht builder operating from four factory sites in Plymouth area totalling over 94,000 m2 floor areaPrincess Yacht’s Facilities Manager working with service provider Trinity Protection Systems LtdFalse alarms identified in detail according to location and causeRemedial actions then targeted including system change-outs, detector head changes, system isolations and procedural reviews‘Double-knock’ functionality in key offending zone has reduced false alarms from average 2 per month to zero
19 The Trade ViewIts only one or two false alarms a year that not a problem !Any false alarm cost money ,endangers lives and must be stamped outWe need to help BusinessesService and Maintenance Technicians have an important role to playBusinesses need to look at their proceduresEducation of the issues is still needed
22 Possible Way forwards Lack of data behind the statistics Proposal to develop an education package for both end users and Fire fighters to help identify the alarmLack of information about the AlarmsLook to introduce more intelligence prior to the alarm being passed on i.e. premises occupied /unoccupied ,VerificationContinue to work with CFOA and other stakeholders on resolving the fundamental problemAnd not a policy for the management of unwanted alarms from Automatic Fire Alarms Systems
23 What can you do?The FIA believes that insisting upon third party certificated products and contractors is a great start!Encourage a National approach by FRS to the Reduction of Unwanted Fire Signals