Day two of the Chief Fire Officers Association’s PPRS Conference offered a choice of topics for delegates. In the main conference room, Jonathan Herrick, CFOA’s Lead for Better Regulation, opened Business Safety day outlining the work that fire services are doing to help businesses protect their staff, resources, and buildings from fire. Supporting businesses to achieve compliance with fire safety legislation helps to keep them safe, as fires can be costly for both the business, insurers and the economy.
Jonathan gave an update on progress towards CFOA’s Business Safety Strategy goals, such as the setting up of the Business Engagement Forum, which allows businesses to share their views with services, identify problems and devise solutions. The need for consistency was stressed, and providing the information that businesses require.
Jonathan advised that this year’s CFOA Business Safety Week would take place from 7th September. More details to follow on the CFOA website.
Billy Myers, CFOA’s Fire Engineering and Technical Standards (FETS) Lead, identified seven key priorities for the workgroup which tie in to the Business Safety Strategy – including how modern methods of construction can affect building stability in a fire and the need to devise solutions to non-code compliant design.
In the syndicate room, Evan Morris, CFOA’s Ageing Safely Lead, led a workshop to around 50 delegates on Data Sharing. The importance of this work in helping to better protect vulnerable members of the community, through targeted prevention and protection activity, cannot be underestimated. By sharing data, fire services will be able to target resources and engagement more effectively. With all 46 services signed up to use health data to keep communities safe, this is an area which is progressing well.