Acoustically operated door release mechanisms (AODRM) for holding open fire doors.

Acoustically operated door release mechanisms (AODRM) for holding open fire doors.

National Protection Learning Information Note
In response to a number of recent enquires, this information note is designed to raise
awareness of the suitability of acoustically operated door release mechanisms (AODRM) when used to hold open (and subsequently release) fire doors in premises.

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Acoustically Operated Door Release Mechanisms – NPL information note

Fire and Rescue Service prosecutes UK Fire Consulting Ltd over insufficient fire risk assessment.

Following a hearing conducted at Southampton CC 1 June, the company providing the fire risk assessment for Cranleigh House – namely UK Fire Consulting Ltd (of which Morgan is a director) – was fined £20,000 & to pay costs of £19,952 for the same offence.
Denfords Property Management, the managing agent for the premises, had pleaded guilty at an earlier Magistrates’ Court hearing in relation to its failure to comply with an Enforcement Notice to provide a suitable fire risk assessment. The business was fined £10,000 in addition to £6,000 costs.
The individual manager specifically responsible for the premises was given  conditional discharge &  to pay £1,800 in costs.

In addition to a £2,750 fine and a 3 month prison sentence   suspended for 18 months, Morgan was ordered to pay costs of £19,952.    

Total fines/costs = £80,451.00



Corby retirement complex fire residents trapped

Corby retirement complex fire residents trapped

Three residents at a retirement complex were rescued and treated for breathing in smoke after becoming “trapped”, Northamptonshire Fire Service said.

Crews were sent to a fire at Swan Gardens, in School Place, Corby, on Thursday at about 15:30 GMT.
Firefighters used breathing apparatus to search for the tenants.

More than 30 residents were led out by staff, said the fire service.
One of those rescued was taken by ambulance to Kettering General Hospital.

The fire alarm “gave a vital early warning to allow the staff to put their fire plan into place”, the fire service added.

Full details Here BBC


Fire Safety Bill Published

The Home Office 19th March introducing a new bill to improve fire safety in buildings in England and Wales.

The proposed Fire Safety Bill builds on action already taken to ensure that people feel safe in their homes, and a tragedy like the Grenfell Tower fire never happens again.

The bill will amend the Fire Safety Order 2005 to clarify that the responsible person or duty-holder for multi-occupied, residential buildings must manage and reduce the risk of fire for:

  • the structure and external walls of the building, including cladding, balconies and windows
  • entrance doors to individual flats that open into common parts

This clarification will empower fire and rescue services to take enforcement action and hold building owners to account if they are not compliant.

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Scottish guidance launched for specialised housing fire safety.

Scottish guidance launched for specialised housing fire safety.

Scottish government launched the new guidance, which is a recommendation from its review of the country’s fire safety regime, to cover fire risks in sheltered & supported housing.

24Housing reported on the launch, which aims to ‘reduce the risk from fire in specialised housing’ including sheltered and supported accommodation, with the Scottish government pointing out that older people ‘and people with physical,  sensory or mental health issues are at increased risk of injury or death from fires’.
The guidance comes from recommendations in the review of the fire safety regime in Scotland, launched post Grenfell. More


Additional Guidance for Fire Safety in Residential Care Homes.

Additional Guidance for Fire Safety in Residential Care Homes

Review Statement Oct 2019. Please Note.

In agreement with the NFCC (previously CFOA) it has been agreed that the additional guidance on residential care   premises will still stand and not be reviewed until the outcome of the Hackitt report is finalised and we have          scrutinised the implications in conjunction with the NFCC representative.”  — NASHiCS.
Members have been asking when?

No time scales at present but there will be a meeting in London with interested parties on the 31st January to discus.

CLG Guide Additional Guidance Document REV2016 DRAFT Final July 16 on CFOA site