Association for Specialist Fire Protection

Issue 30 - August 2018

ASFP to host seminar at Fire Safety Scotland

FS ScotlandThe Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) will be supporting Fire Safety Scotland at the SEC in Glasgow on 12-13 September. In addition to welcoming visitors to its stand, the Association will be hosting a seminar on the first day of the event. The seminar, which takes place from 1:30-3:30pm on 12 September will explain the vital role of passive fire protection.

ASFP CEO Niall Rowan will also provide an update on the latest activities relating to the Hackitt and the Scottish Regulatory Reviews, as well as offering an introduction to a range of passive fire protection systems. A range of speakers will outline issues to consider when specifying, installing and maintaining passive fire protection systems.

The event will also feature an overview from Scottish Government fire engineer Clyde Ashby on the Scottish Compliance and Fire Safety Consultation.

In addition, the ASFP will provide an overview of its Foundation Course in Passive Fire Protection and provide details of the support and technical guidance available from the Association's website and via membership.

To book a place, please visit the Fire Safety Scotland website and register for the event.

The ASFP will also be exhibiting at Fire Safety North at Event City Manchester on 9-10 October. For further information or to register for this event please visit

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Sherwin-Williams protects Casablanca Airport

SherwinSherwin-Williams Protective and Marine Coatings was asked to provide fire protection for a new car park at Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport, which has been expanded to 250,000 sq metres.

Penthouse structures were being constructed on the top of the existing building, where steel was the choice of material due to the quick installation programme and its light weight. The steelwork required a 90-minute fire protection period due to its location and nature of the building use. As a result, a FIRETEX solvent-based intumescent paint system was selected.

The project needed to be self-sufficient, with no access to tower cranes other than for off-loading. Instead, mini cranes, known as spider cranes, were used, and five new large balconies were constructed on the existing structure for some of the refurbishment elements.

As the steel had to be double and triple handled on site due to logistics and lifting limitations, the system chosen meant it was robust enough to resist handling and impact damage with minor levels of touch-up.

The specialist FIRETEX FX2002 was applied over Macropoxy K267 primer, top coated with Acrolon C137V2 supplied by Sherwin-Williams Protective and Marine Coatings. Applicators working for the distributor Société Mamunia Tours completed the coating.

The airport is the fourth busiest in Africa and the busiest serving Morocco. It handled over 7 million passengers in 2011. Terminal 1 has been expanded to handle more than 20 million passengers annually.

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Warringtonfire expands global fire team

ExovaWarringtonfire continues to invest heavily in expanding its global fire team, following the acquisition of the business last June by Element Materials Technology Limited. In the past nine months, over 70 individuals have joined the 650-strong global team of experts, with over 30 positions still to be filled, including senior management and further technical and operational roles.
The recruitment drive covers Warringtonfire’s locations in the UK, Belgium, Germany, Dubai, Qatar and Australia. The company has expanded its team of certification engineers and technical officers as well as hiring additional product assessors, fire safety engineers, site inspectors and fire consultants to meet the growing demand for its services.
Rob Veitch, Executive Vice-President for Element Materials Technology’s Fire & Building Products sector said:
‘We will continue to invest heavily in our global fire business, to continually strengthen our technical leadership, which is the primary driver of our customers’ satisfaction. The fact that we have already successfully recruited over 70 new talented individuals into the business in less than a year and that we are actively seeking to fill 30 additional roles is a clear demonstration of our commitment to the industry.
‘Warringtonfire is a hugely respected name in the marketplace and this, coupled with the clear and structured long-term national and international career development programme we offer, has been key in attracting new talent to our business.’
For details of current vacancies within Element Materials Technology’s Fire and Building Products sector, including those within Warringtonfire, click here

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Coopers Fire welcomes new MD

CoopersCoopers Fire has appointed David Cerquella as its new Managing Director. David brings a wealth of experience to Coopers Fire having been in the fire and security industry since 2001. He joined Coopers Fire in May 2018, having previously worked as Managing Director at Gilgen Doors Systems UK for six years.
Having led several businesses during his career, David is looking to achieve the same success and progress that he brought to his previous roles. He is looking forward to taking the lead as Coopers Fire continues their innovative approach to fire protection. Coopers Fire has witnessed significant growth within the UK and export markets and continues to develop new fire and smoke protection products with full compliancy and third party approval.
Coopers Fire Limited is a British company manufacturing fire and smoke curtain barrier systems in the United Kingdom for installation worldwide. Coopers Fire is proud of the fact that every fire and smoke curtain and their key components are manufactured to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.
To contact Coopers Fire about any ongoing projects with fire and smoke curtains, please email; or call +44 (0)2392 454 405.

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The future is bright for IFC

IFCInvesting in the potential future leaders of the IFC Group and of the wider industry is of critical importance and as such, IFC Group enrols a number of graduates with transferrable disciplines onto its Graduate Training Scheme every year.

Currently IFC is working with eight fantastic graduates, who are positioned throughout the Group’s various specialist teams and associated companies, to provide them with a full understanding and extensive experience of the fire engineering profession.

IFC’s top-level marketing strategy looks to continue to incorporate a range of activities that maximise market exposure. Events such as FIREX present a great platform and opportunity to follow through on its commitment to making its brands visible and its team of experts accessible for client engagement, brand awareness and future lead generation.

The seminars and content of FIREX was particularly strong this year, with a packed agenda that drove large visitor numbers. This increase in footfall proved extremely beneficial as the new and improved IFC stand (which featured as part of the ASFP pavilion), welcomed existing and potential clients to discuss a range of fire safety concerns and practical solutions.

IFC Group was very pleased to have had the opportunity to present at recent ASFP events in Perth and Sunderland; where we spoke about IFC’s continuing holistic approach to fire-safety, stressing the importance of effective compartmentation combined with fire stopping and ongoing inspection and maintenance. The premise for this being; design it right, build it right and maintain it right.

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tremco illbruck offers leading PFP brands

tremcotremco illbruck (TI) has launched a new, totally integrated service for its UK and Ireland customers. Previously separate businesses in the TI portfolio, Nullifire intumescent coatings and Firetherm fire stopping products are now available in one single, efficient and effective solution.

The Firetherm base at Crayford, Kent is home to the centre of excellence for fire stopping products, while Nullifire’s Coventry headquarters maintains its reputation for expertise in intumescent coatings. Customers, contractors and specifiers now have access to an unrivalled blend of experience and technical expertise through one phone number, 0203 9171776, which will lead them automatically to the right team for a fast track response.

In the field, the unified sales team covering UK and Ireland is now led by Gary Pullinger, a key figure in the development of Firetherm. The team is well established and is supported by an extensive technical and research and development resource.

Gary comments ‘I’m proud to be leading the TI passive fire protection solutions sales team. I believe we have the best combination of people, products and technical support in the industry. From steelwork protection to fire stopping solutions in new build or the upgrading of existing facilities, we can advise specifiers, contractors and installers on the best solution for their particular projects.’

For further information on tremco illbruck, please visit For further information on Nullifire, please visit
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UL forms cladding test alliance

ULUL LLC, a global safety science organisation, and the Fire Protection Association (FPA), the UK’s national fire safety organisation, have signed a cooperation agreement aimed at transforming the testing and certification of facades and building envelope products within the UK. 

The new international alliance will significantly increase both the capacity and the quality of large-scale fire testing of cladding and building systems in the UK.

The UL / FPA alliance will include an investment by UL in the FPA’s existing fire test and research facilities, enhancing the capability and broadening the scope of testing available to developers, social landlords, specifiers and manufacturers. UL also plans to offer product testing and certification from within the facilities’ test lab. With significant changes expected to the current British Standard (BS 8414) cladding test, UL will test and certify to this updated standard.

Chris Hasbrook, vice president and general manager of UL’s Building and Life Safety Technologies Division, said: “UL is committed to increasing the facade fire testing capacity in the UK as well as the quality of those tests, an area of weakness highlighted by the Independent Review led by Dame Judith Hackitt. We will ensure we play our part in rebuilding public confidence in a robust, reliable and real-life testing regime.”

In addition to testing and certification of building systems to UK, EU and USA requirements, UL will be able to offer building envelope inspection services and additional forensic services for building owners concerned about cladding, insulation and other materials.


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FSi extends PipeBloc PCP Collar certification

FSiFSi has once again extended the portfolio of European test evidence for its FSi PipeBloc PCP Collar.  PipeBloc PCP is already extensively tested in flexible walls, rigid floors, within the Stopseal Batt System, U/U ventilated, tight spaces or up against a soffit to name a few applications.

In addition PipeBloc PCP Collar can now be used with further penetration services, including: angled plastic pipes; aluminium pipes; cable bunches; plastic pipes through ‘Stopseal Batt’ within floor; and ‘Silverseal Compound’ in floor.

PipeBloc PCP Collar has become one of the most tested and functional collars on the market. With a wide range of tested services and applications, a fire resistance performance ranging from EI 90 up to EI 240, varying substrates in line with on-site conditions has led it to become a market leader.

PipeBloc PCP Collar’s ease of use often makes it the go-to product of choice for installer and specifiers.

FSi are committed to the continuous improvement of the scope for use of their products to create systems in which their customers can have full confidence.

To find out more visit or call +44 (0) 1530 515130.

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Adaston continues growth

AdastonOver the past 12 months Adaston has more than doubled its turnover from the previous year and continues firmly as a leader within the fire safety services sector. Ongoing brand development and digital marketing campaigns continue to increase awareness for the business and assist business growth across its services which focus on passive fire protection.

Throughout 2018, investment in personnel and building lasting relationships with new and existing clients have been key to the company’s expansion. The business has doubled its staff and with significant contracts in the pipeline is planning further recruitment of specialists to fulfil the wide range of clients’ needs.

2018 has seen the business complete a number of high profile projects across the UK. Tall building safety has continued to be a priority for clients in both public and private sectors, with Adaston working on numerous student high rise properties across the capital and tall buildings across the North West. The education, healthcare and social sectors have also performed strongly.

Andrew Whiteside, Adaston’s Head of Operations said: “Our expectations for next year are to continue our growth and we forecast to double turnover again. With the support of The Expose Agency we are sure this is achievable”.

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Grenfell Review will lead to testing times 

SwegonOne year on since the Grenfell tragedy, the building services industry must be prepared for a far more rigorous approach to fire safety testing.

A review, chaired by Dame Judith Hackitt, published its final report earlier this year (April 2018), setting out to make the system of product testing a clear priority and defining clear goals for improved fire safety through the long-awaited revisions to Part B of the Building Regulations.

The Hackitt Review stated that the widespread use of “desktop studies” to determine product suitability was undermining the quality of the specification process. It called for test results and the details of those who produce them to be made public and for testing to simulate “real life” operating conditions.

While the practice of desk top studies seems likely to remain part of the compliance process; the fall-out from Grenfell has undoubtedly led to demands for a more rigorous approach based on “real life” operating conditions.

As manufacturers of fire/smoke dampers, Swegon has seen a marked shift in demand for more physical testing of its products, fire safety installations and record numbers of enquiries for technical assistance with installation. Not only is the testing of products important, but it also ensures that in reality, tested methods are followed correctly by trained professionals.

The changes called for by the Hackitt Review are creating a significant shift towards more comprehensive testing and a more thorough design process to support the increasingly rigorous professional standards that have emerged from the report.

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New large-scale furnace at Applus+

ApplusThe Applus+ Laboratories fire-testing laboratory in Bellaterra (Barcelona) boasts a new large-scale cubic furnace for use in fire resistance tests. The furnace’s dimensions are 4x4m for horizontal enclosures and 3x4m for vertical enclosures. With this new furnace, Applus+ has six furnaces at its Bellaterra technological centre, making it one of the biggest fire resistance testing laboratories in the world.

The furnace entered service this July, with a portfolio of international projects for testing large-scale items. It is set up to work with any type of heating curve in order to meet the requirements of the international testing standards (EN, ISO, BS, UL and ASTM).

Applus+ Laboratories’ fire safety experts carry out a study for each project to identify the best route to approval and certification for each product, in order to achieve international market access.

Applus+ has various fire testing laboratories in Spain and offers a wide range of testing services internationally, both in the laboratory and at real scale, in the open air or in a tunnel.
In the field of fire protection, Applus+ serves multiple industrial sectors including construction, marine, energy and nuclear.

If you are interested in receiving more information about these services, please contact Applus+ at email .

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Smoke Control Dampers extends CE marked range

Smoke ControlSmoke Control Dampers has extended its distribution of Rf-technologies smoke evacuation products to include the VU120 and VU90-HOT damper ranges.

VU120 is a rectangular smoke damper with a single horizontally pivoted damper blade. It has a fire resistance of up to 2 hours and is suitable for lobby to shaft application. The VU120 has a simple flat finish on the shaft side and a PG30 (30mm) connection flange on the mechanism side for duct connection. The VU120 comes with the option of either a BLE 230V or BLE 24V motor. The damper can be shaft mounted at 0˚/90 ˚/180 ˚/270 ˚.

VU90-HOT is a square/rectangular single horizontally pivoted smoke damper with a fire resistance up to 90 minutes. This damper is designed to be integrated into ducting systems that travel through multiple fire compartments, and where the damper may be required to cycle open or closed at high temperatures in order to re direct the flow of hot smoke and gasses.

VU90-HOT achieves a HOT 400/30 classification. This is an additional test within the scope of BS EN 12101-8 for dampers that have specific end-use of being required to fully cycle open and closed at elevated temperatures.

The damper can be wall mounted at 0˚/90 ˚/180 ˚/270 ˚. It comes with the option of either BLE 230V or BLE 24V Belimo motors, on the larger sizes the options are BE 230V or BE 24V Belimo motors.

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Colt International offers BS 8524 fire curtain

ColtFollowing an exhaustive phase of rigorous testing, Colt International Limited are now pleased to announce that their FM1 Fire Curtain is now fully compliant to British Standard BS 8524, Parts 1 & 2, which relate to active fire curtain barrier assemblies.

This standard is important to ensure that smoke and fire barriers function correctly, and do not compromise any fire-engineered solutions in place. BS 8524 Parts 1 and 2 cover all aspects of these products; from design, durability and reliability, to installation and maintenance.

The Colt FM1 fire curtain was recently sent for independent review, where it was put through all the required tests to satisfy the standard. In order to achieve full compliance, all of these tests must be passed and independently verified.

The testing regime covers reliability life cycle testing, response time, fire resistance (integrity) testing, impact testing, hot motor cycling tests and factory production control inspections. The FM1 Fire Curtain was independently tested by notified test houses and witnessed by an independent third party certification company.

This means that Colt FM1 fire curtains can be used with certainty when designers wish to omit fire doors or adopt a more open plan building layout.

The Colt FM1 fire curtain is retracted out of view above the ceiling or into a concealed headbox when not required and descends into place to close off an opening creating a fully tested barrier to fire in an emergency.

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Soben materials offer building confidence

SobenThe proverb “prevention is better than cure” has been ringing more loudly than ever in the built environment, with construction professionals at all project stages intensely adhering to the best practice of prioritising fire protection at the preliminary planning and sourcing phases.

Non-combustibility has become one of the key deciders in the procurement chain with leading construction firms expressing demand for non-combustible materials that meet global certifications, bolster sustainability and maximises performance.

Soben International is a leading manufacturer of non-combustible product ranges such as WeatherPro external wall and ZenPlus cladding and has been investing significantly in the concentrated testing and development of high performance non-combustible building boards designed to supporting international fire rating functions and versatile architectural applications.

The company, which supplies its non-combustible product ranges to over 15 countries across the world, has designed its manufacturing process to ensure products are made in compliance with international standards that include AS, ASTM, BS, EN, KS and JIS, having been tested by worldwide accredited laboratories. Soben high performance building boards were classified as Euroclass A1, while Soben fibre cement board products are CE-marked, meeting stringent durability criteria. In addition, some products are subject to BBA and Certifire certifications.

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TBWIC offers cladding testing to UK

TBWICThe 23-year old Dubai-based Thomas Bell-Wright International Consultants (TBWIC) is a privately held, UKAS accredited firm of about 100 people providing independent Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC) services for building construction.  Over the last 10 years, the laboratory has been investing to address the growing demand for fire testing in relation to passive fire protection.

To expand on its large-scale fire propagation capabilities, it recently added testing to BS 8414 parts 1&2 (and the AS 5113), for which it offers two rigs and will be adding a third.  The Reaction-to-Fire laboratory provides the complete range of EN 13501-1 tests for materials.  

TBWIC is excited to report that later this year it will be offering UKAS-accredited testing in its new 4m x 5m vertical and horizontal furnaces, which are both load-bearing. These add to the existing 3m x 3m furnace in its Resistance-to-Fire lab. 

TBWIC will continue to embrace a comprehensive scope of testing standards from the UK, Europe and the USA as well, as providing the uniquely American test methods ASTM E 84, NFPA 285 and NFPA 268.  The company, a UKAS-accredited certification body, promises no let-up in its commitment to provide test reports in under a fortnight and certifications with utmost speed.

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New steel fire protection guidance from PAROC

ParocPAROC has issued new guidance on steel fire protection to aid customers identify the correct fire protection slab product and required product thickness for the most common steel profiles. Four hours protection without glue is now possible with the Paroc system – which is now included in the ASFP Yellow Book.

PAROC Fire Steel Protect has been developed for 30–240 minutes endurance times in a Standard Fire Exposure (R30–R240) for open and closed (I/H and RHS) steel sections.

PAROC Fire Steel Protect board thickness can be chosen from the dimensioning tables as a function of fire endurance time; section factor A/V for the member; and critical steel temperature ranging from 300–700°C.

Fire protection is of course necessary because, when exposed to fire, all commonly used structural materials lose some of their mechanical strength. Heavily loaded steel can lose its designed safety margin at a temperature around 550°C – regardless of the grade of steel. A temperature of 450–500 °C is commonly used as a rather safe limit value. The building frame is required to maintain its load bearing capacity during the fire until everybody has left the building.

With its high melting point, PAROC stone wool is an ideal material for fire protection applications. Please refer to European Technical Approval 18/0265 for full details of the PAROC Fire Steel Protect system.

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CCF wins ROSPA Gold Award

CCFFor the third year running, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has awarded leading insulation and interior building products distributor CCF, a Gold Award at its 2018 Health and Safety Awards.
To achieve a Gold Award, CCF has shown outstanding levels of safety management, control of risk, very low levels of error, harm and loss for clients and contractors.
Lauren Hickling, Head of Health and Safety at CCF, commented: “CCF’s safety-first business culture means that we are always working hard for our customers and colleagues to keep everyone safe at all times. We thank RoSPA for awarding these continuous efforts to protect the health and ensure the safety of our clients and customers, warehouse operatives, delivery fleet drivers, sales teams and frontline staff.”
Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of qualifications, awards and events, added: “The RoSPA Awards are the most highly-respected in the health and safety arena, with almost 2,000 entrants every year, and allow organisations to prove excellence in the workplace, demonstrating a commitment to the wellbeing of not only employees but all those who interact with it.”
CCF has previously been recognised for its excellence in health and safety procedures by Safety & Health Practitioner (SHP) and featured as part of best practice guidance in the SHP ‘Working at Height’ eBook, which is currently available to download from the SHP website.

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ASFP announces Dublin training course

ASFPThe first ASFP Foundation Course in Passive Fire Protection in Ireland will commence in Dublin on 6th September 2018 and will assist candidates in their preparation for IFE Level 3 Examinations in March 2019.

Spread over seven days, the series of 1-day lectures will take place throughout Sepember and October. The ASFP Foundation Course in Passive Fire Protection has been developed in response to demand from employers and contractors operating in the passive fire protection sector. The content of the training embeds current best practice and draws on the technical expertise provided by the ASFP.

It aims to equip candidates with the knowledge required to demonstrate competency, while also offering a route for progression and academic recognition in this key fire protection specialism. The training courses enable candidates to study to obtain a Level 3 qualification in Passive Fire Protection provided by the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE), a nationally and internationally recognised awarding organisation regulated by the qualification regulators Ofqual and CCEA.

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ASFP opens nominations for 2018 Passive Fire Protection Awards

AwardsThe Association for Specialist Fire Protection is seeking nominations for its range of Passive Fire Protection Industry Awards which aim to highlight excellence in passive fire protection and to reward those who contribute to the advancement of awareness, quality and education within the sector.
The winners of the 2018 ASFP Passive Fire Protection Industry Awards will be announced on Friday, 7 December 2018 at an Awards Lunch held in the Plaisterers Hall, London. The event, which attracts over 150 ASFP members, guests and industry partners, will be hosted by BBC broadcaster Steph McGovern.
Following the successful launch of two categories of award last year, the Association has now broadened its range of awards to five, which include: Passive Fire Protection Advocate of the Year; Fellowship of the ASFP; Member Contribution of the Year; Passive Fire Innovation of the Year; and Best Installation Project 2018
Nominations are now open for all awards categories. Please download the appropriate nomination forms for completionand return by Friday 28th September 2018.

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