DCLG responds to Safe Futures Campaign

DCLG responds to Safe Futures Campaign

The Fire Protection Association (FPA) has been invited to meet with the Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC) following the launch of the organisation’s Safe Futures Campaign.

The FPA launched its campaign last month, which lobbied the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to raise the following concerns to BRAC:

  • mandate the installation of high-integrity detection systems in new commercial buildings
  • mandate fire sprinklers in warehousing above 4,000 square metres
  • take a ‘fresh eyes’ look at the appropriateness of the current provisions of Building Regulations for new and innovative buildings.

Postcards were included in the October issue of FRM, which encouraged readers to show their support for the campaign by filling in their details and posting the card to the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for DCLG Stephen Williams.

The campaign is already bearing fruit, with members of the FPA board set to meet with BRAC to discuss these issues in February 2015. FPA managing director Jon O’Neill said: ‘Being offered the opportunity to present our case to BRAC demonstrates the effectiveness of the postcard campaign and is a fantastic start to Safer Futures, but we must not be complacent.

‘For this to be successful, it is vital that DCLG continues to receive further evidence of the support there is for these measures; so to those who have participated so far, thank you, and to those who haven’t, a reminder to complete their postcard as we are still some way from achieving our goals.’

For more information on the campaign or to download a postcard, visit www.thefpa.co.uk/about/news/news_detail.safe-futures-campaign.html