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FI-UK supporting NAAD UK and NAAD21 launch

A great day at the NAAD UK meeting on Tuesday 12 October 2021 at the Copthorne Hotel near Windsor.

L-R James Acott (FI-UK) Marina Valentine (LFB) Me and Peter Reid (NAAD UK President) and the hard working NAAD-UK group around the table discussing all things ‘air ducting’.

We are looking forward to the launch of NAAD21 which really spells out what needs to be cleaned and checked with air and grease ductwork systems (and how to do it!).

NAAD-UK are making leaps into driving the air handling industry forward. It was also great to celebrate the 7th birthday of NAADUK, and to see everything that has been achieved by a dedicated group of professionals up to this point and planning what is still to be achieved. A draft of the NAAD21 guidance document for air handling systems including kitchen grease extraction has been submitted to 21 UK insurers for consultation, if any of our insurance contacts want to know more please contact admin@fireinvestigationsuk.com.

Well done to NAAD UK committee for all their hard work.

Insurers pay attention to this when it is published and contact FI-UK if you need any further information. FI-UK are very experienced in investigating fires involved in all types of air ducting systems, especially kitchen extract systems.

A round-up of this month’s activities

It’s been a busy month for the team at Fire Investigations UK as we’ve continued our support for the fire safety community by sharing our knowledge and expertise via various channels.

First up on 5 August, James Acott delivered a fantastic presentation as part of the Institute of Fire Engineers and Transport Specialist Interest Group (SIG) CPD webinar.

Speaking directly to delegates via MS Teams, he discussed the risks associated with dealing with fires in electric and hybrid vehicles. James was joined by Terrence Short of the City of London who added value with his discussion on fire safety in respect of charging electric vehicles underground.

 

We’ve also been in the press!

 

The Ipswich Star covered the devastating news of a mystery fire which broke out at an older gentleman’s home, which FI-UK’s Bob Milne was brought in to investigate. Whilst the cause of the fire remains unknown, Bob worked hard to identity the probable cause.

Quoted in the article, Bob said he’d considered two different ways of the fire starting – one from a naked flame and the other from a smouldering item. Given the timings and witness evidence, the cause of the fire would lend itself to the naked flame hypothesis on the balance of probability. However, he could not rule out other causes because the exact origin of the fire remained unknown.

Our thoughts are with the gentleman’s family.

 

James Acott and Dr Peter Mansi also featured in Auto Express, speaking directly about the way we analyse the reasons behind vehicle fires.

Here’s a sneak peek at what they said:

“Jealousy attacks are another known cause of car fires. In some instances, the arsonist is only aiming to cause minor damage to the victim’s car by lighting flammable liquid on the paintwork.

All too often though, this will run down under the bonnet and into other areas, causing the whole car to catch fire.”

You can find out more about the investigation process and the most common reasons by picking up a copy of Auto Express https://lnkd.in/dbuCRTH.

 

Last but not least, FI-UK’s Dr Peter Mansi was recently appointed on to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Technical Committee, so a huge well done to him!

As a committee member, he delivered an exclusive webinar to the UK Association of Fire Investigators (UK-AFI) on 14 August.

Talking all things NFPA 921: Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigators (2021 Edition), he covered the Evolution of NFPA:921, the key changes that will be included in the forthcoming edition and the due process of how the internationally recognised guidance document is developed following public input.

The webinar was available exclusively to all UK-AFI members at www.uk-afi.org.

 

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UK-AFI 2nd Vice President Elections 2021

We are very happy to announce that FI-UK’s James Acott has been nominated to run for the position of 2nd Vice President of the UK Association of Fire Investigators in the upcoming 2021 elections. James is a current serving Director of the UK-AFI Board and is very proactive within the association. He will be getting the full support of the FI-UK Team! Good luck James!! If you are involved in fire investigations in the UK and not a member of the UK-AFI, please visit www.uk-afi.org and join today.

John Galvin Steps down as Partner but stays with the team

Today, 1 April 2019, John Galvin has decided to step down as a Partner of FI-UK but will remain part of our long established team as our Director of Training. John has not only spent the last 7 1/2 years helping manage FI-UK but was instrumental in setting up the company prior to that.

Myself, Chris Clarke and the team thank John for all he has done and are very pleased that he will remain with FI-UK. We hope he enjoys the extra personal time this will give him.

FI-UK New Head Office and laboratories were officially opened on 26 September 2018!

All of the FI-UK Team were at our new facilities on the BRE Global campus to host clients, new and old to not only marvel at our new Head Office, but to see our capabilities and services using new state of the art technology and project management platforms. We delivered 3 hours certificated CPD training to the attendees, with a buffet lunch in between, followed by a drinks reception at the end of the afternoon.

Our thanks go to all of our existing clients that have supported us through our first seven years and to our new and potential clients for taking the time out of their busy days to support our event.

We are looking forward to the next seven years!

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FI-UK Official New Head Office Opening – September 2018

The official opening of FI-UK’s Head Office, located on the BRE Global site, took place on 26 September 2018. We hosted 20 guests including existing and new clients and the day was considered an overwhelming success by our guests and our team. Presentations, demonstrations and celebrations took place over the day and the attendees attained 3 hours of CPD training issued by the UK-AFI with a certificate for their personal development records.

The FI-UK Team thank everyone that attended and look forward to continuing working with them over the coming years.

The ‘FI-UK team 2018’ photo consists of (Back row L-R) James ACOTT, Bob MILNE, Mike BURROUGHS, Claire MANSI, Stuart SPENCE, Steve STOCK and Mike FLANAGAN; (Front row L-R) John GALVIN, Dr Peter MANSI and Chris CLARKE.

FI-UK Team 2018!
Claire Mansi with guests
Chris Clarke demonstrating our microscope
James Acott with guests
Ready for the presentations in our classroom
Bob Milne and guests
Networking…
Enthralled guests 🙂
Dr Peter Mansi giving a presentation
All watching Mike Burroughs ‘live’ fire demos
Mike Burroughs pushing the boundaries!
Buffet in Laboratory Two
‘Four Candles’ presentations
Lunchtime…
FI-UK technologies in action
Great atmosphere on the day!
Stuart Spence and Steve Stock

ISO9001:2015 In our 7th year and it just gets better!

The executive summary of the very successful inspection was……..
 
The organisation has broken the traditional barrier to entry in its arena of operation by being; Innovative Responsive to clients’ needs ‘Focused’ on a service promise which is better than normal expectation of the industry – with utmost integrity
The strengths of the management system is that it has been well thought through and is used to the benefit of the organisation and its clients.
Weakness? If anything, there is potential for duplication – particularly in the area of risk management. 
The organisation is seeking steady robust growth with a satisfied client base and all of the measures support this aim. 
 
Well done FI-UK! 

FI-UK Move into new offices and laboratories – July 2017!

The FI-UK Team combined the relocation into their new offices and laboratories and their annual summer team meeting with a well deserved bar-b-que and adult beverages in London this summer. Everyone worked hard to move our storage, tools and equipment to the larger facility in Building 26 on the BRE Global site in Garston, Hertfordshire. Works are nearly completed to the two new laboratories, Board room, open plan office/training suite, reception area and secure storage facility. Just as we are about to celebrate the completion of our 6th birthday. Onwards and upwards!!

Kitchen Hygiene Standards: TR19

Nearly all of our team are now trained to the following Kitchen Hygiene Standards: TR19, CITB 14208 (BESA Affiliate Ref No: 1893). We have completed the Domestic Appliance Familiarisation and Fault Analysis Course (18 hrs) at The Training Academy (UKPRN:10046250) and can confidently examine fire damaged commercial kitchen extraction systems!

Advanced Principles of Fire Dynamics with Dr James Quintiere – 2017 Course

Due to the success of the first offering of this course in June 2016, we are holding another 3-day course aimed at fire engineers and fire investigators at the BRE Academy on August 9-11 2017. The course is again being presented by Dr James Quintiere and Mr Robert Schaal and it attracts 22.5 CPD hours with the IFE. Attached is a link to a two-minute YouTube video about the course. Places are limited to the first 20 registrants. Please contact admin@fireinvestigationsuk.com

FI-UK start its 6th Year… onwards and upwards!

FI-UK are starting its 6th year after launching as a brand new company on 20 December 2011 with an ever growing portfolio of clients. We would like to thank our existing clients for their continued support and for those thinking of instructing us to check out some of our testimonials! Happy Christmas and a healthy and successful 2017 to you all.

Silver Sponsors again at the 2017 Annual Training Conference of the UK Association of Fire Investigators

FI-UK are proud to be Silver Sponsors again at the 2017 Annual Training Conference of the UK Association of Fire Investigators. With our own Mike Flanagan preparing for his year as President in 2018, we want to give him all the support we can in 2017 as 1st Vice President. With over 100 registered delegates including those that will travel from the Channel Isles, throughout Europe as well as across the UK, this will be another truly ‘International’ conference the UK-AFI will be holding.  The UK-AFI web site and future training can be found at www.uk-afi.org

FI-UK’s James Acott is the 1st IAAI Motor Vehicle Fire Credential Endorsement in Europe!

Fire Investigations (UK) are proud to announce that our very own James Acott is the second investigator outside of the USA to receive this credential. The only other is in Australia. James demonstrates the importance of attaining such credentials through the IAAI to ensure practitioner competencies are maintained through the 3-yearly renewal process. Well done James, IAAI-CFI(V)!

Advanced Principles of Fire Dynamics with Dr James Quintiere – 2017 Course

Due to the success of the first offering of this course in June 2016, we are holding another 3-day course aimed at fire engineers and fire investigators at the BRE Academy on August 9-11 2017. The course is again being presented by Dr James Quintiere and Mr Robert Schaal and it attracts 22.5 CPD hours with the IFE. Attached is a link to a two-minute YouTube video about the course. Places are limited to the first 20 registrants. Please contact admin@fireinvestigationsuk.com

Advanced Principles of Fire Dynamics Course 2016

We are delighted that the course is now full with 20 delegates! Dr Quintiere is over the Atlantic as this is posted with Bobby Schaal arriving in London in the morning.

We are all prepared and looking forward not only to an educating week at the BRE Academy, but a fun week with the practical exercises in the class room and the BRE Burn Hall.

An update with photos will follow at the end of the week. Places are already being requested for next year’s course!

Advanced Principles of Fire Dynamics: a 3-day Course at the BRE Academy (UK) with Dr James Quintiere 31 May 2016

We are holding a 3-day course aimed at fire engineers and fire investigators at the BRE Academy on May 31 2016. The course is being presented by Dr James Quintiere and Mr Robert Schaal and it attracts 22.5 CPD hours with the IFE. Attached is a link to a two-minute YouTube video about the course. Places are limited to the first 30 registrants. Please contact admin@fireinvestigationsuk.com

UK Association of Fire Investigators – Silver Sponsors

FI-UK are proud to have been Silver Sponsors at this year’s 2016 Annual Training Conference of the UK Association of Fire Investigators. With 152 registered delegates including those that had travelled from the Channel Isles, Ireland, Spain, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Holland, Poland, Estonia, Italy, the USA, Australia as well as across the UK, this was the most ‘International’ conference the UK-AFI have held to date. We look forward to sponsoring the UK-AFI next year on 30-31 January 2017 at the same hotel; the Hotel Russell in central London. The UK-AFI web site and future training can be found at www.uk-afi.org

Fire Incidents involving Solar Power

Project description & how to report incidents

 

The BRE National Solar Centre (NSC) has been commissioned by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to lead a three year study on fires involving solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. The study involves a review of historical incidents, relevant literature, standards and training.

Another important part of the project is to conduct on-site forensic investigations of current incidents, where appropriate. The NSC is partnering with Fire Investigations (UK) LLP for these investigations.

The findings of the project will be used to inform the fire and rescue service, technical standards writers, training companies and the PV industry supply chain via published reports.

As well as DECC, The project is being supported by the Building Regulations and Standards Division of the Department for Communities and Local Government and by the Chief Fire Officers Association.

Please see the following link to the full project details:

https://www.bre.co.uk/nsc/page.jsp?id=3676

New Forensic Fire Investigator Joins Our Team!

FI-UK welcome Mike Burroughs, who served for over 30 years with the Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service. Mike is well known for his meticulous research capabilities which will compliment our very experienced team, now totalling approximately 320 years ‘fire and/or criminal justice’ experience between us all!!