Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) members and guests joined President Brian Robinson in celebrating the Association’s 40th anniversary at its annual President’s Lunch in the House of Commons on 27 November.
Explaining that the Association was originally formed in 1975, Mr Robinson reviewed its major achievements over the years, declaring it had now matured into a leading voice on the subject of passive fire protection, both within the fire community and across the breath of the built environment.
“I do not think that it is unreasonable to state that, throughout the last 40 years, the ASFP has either been responsible for or has had a significant input into the vast majority of guidance and standards that exist today across a wide spectrum of the passive fire protection sector. And its role within the wider fire community is invaluable,” he declared.
Announcing that the ASFP has now welcomed Willmott Dixon as its first tier one main contractor member, Mr Robinson said that the way in which the Association’s membership is expanding, both in numbers and quality, is further evidence of its growing strength. He praised the Willmott Dixon and those who may follow for their dedication to improving construction quality.
“Their recognition of the importance of fire safety and their wish to engage with the supply chain of fire protection specialists that make up the ASFP membership, is perhaps testimony to the level of importance they as an organisation place on ensuring that their projects are all fit for purpose in relation to their passive fire protection performance,” he said.
Mr Robinson noted that the ASFP has always taken a lead on key issues that affect the wider built environment in relation to fire, for example its campaign for third party certification and its industry training and technical guidance offerings.
He also highlighted the Association’s growing stature within the international arena, citing as examples the formation of ASFP Ireland in 2010 and the recent appointment of the ASFP’s Technical Officer Niall Rowan as head of a new Task Group for Europe’s CEN TC 127 committee, which is responsible for fire safety in buildings.
Mr Robinson reviewed the many successes of 2015, including the launch of a new website, a successful exhibition at Firex International and extremely well attended regional seminars. He also looked forward to the coming year, with more training initiatives, publications and events, as well as a research project, working in partnership with the BRE Trust. This aims to develop our understanding of the contribution that passive fire protection systems make to the overall resilience of a building.