Promat brings fire professionals together for annual Fire Day

Over 120 fire, construction and insurance industry professionals gathered at Ascot Race Course recently for the third annual Promat Fire Day. The event proved to be a great success, giving delegates the opportunity to meet and discuss fire issues and also witness presentations from a number of prominent industry figures.

Under the title of “Fire Safety – A Joined-Up Approach?”  the event assessed the current state of the market and examined areas where progress might be made in the future. It was chaired by Nick Coombe, the Fire Safety Regulation Policy Manager of the London Fire Brigade

“Although the ongoing economic climate puts pressure on all of us, we felt it was important that we hold the Fire Day again this year.” explains Promat UK Managing Director, John Stevenson. “Fire does not understand recession and it is a constant threat to both our lives and our livelihoods. This type of even is an excellent forum to examine new ways of countering that threat.”

Among the attendees were many representatives from the architectural and specification sectors. They were joined by specialist contractors, insurers, and for the first time, delegates from the National House Building Council with whom Promat has also conducted a series of fire-stopping best practice seminars.

Topics covered during the day included the scale of injuries and costs to the economy of fire in the UK, the increasing enforcement of fire protection regulations and the levels of competence required of fire industry professionals

“It was very encouraging to see such a diverse range of people at the event as it helped to ensure that views from all sides of the industry were included,” adds John Stevenson.

Speakers at the event included:

  • Arnold Tarling (Managing Director, BETA Litigation Surveyors)
  • Wilf Butcher (Chief Executive Officer of the Association for Specialist Fire Protection)
  • Ben Bradford (Managing Director, BB7 Fire Safety Engineering)
  • Rebecca Thornley-Gibson (Partner, asb law)
  • Lyndsey Ratcliffe (Commercial Litigation Associate, asb law)
  • Simon Ince (Manager of Personnel Certification Schemes, Warrington Certification Limited)
  • Steve Cook (Head of Special Projects at the NHBC)
  • Russ Timpson, \(Managing Director, Fire Strategy Company)

Next year’s Promat Fire Day will be held on Tuesday June 28th. 2011. Registration for this event is now open at

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