Tragedy of Rose Park fire revealed

Fire safety professionals looked on as the first showing of a video unfolded showing the tragic Rose Park care home fire in Scotland which claimed the lives of 14 elderly people.

David McCarrey of Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service sought special permission to show the draft version of the film at a seminar staged by Warrington Certification Limited (WCL), part of the Exova global testing group.

The moment-by-moment account of what happened during the tragic fire stunned the audience by its rapid nature, and gave a clear picture of how failings in fire safety precautions can lead to tragedy. The event held in Glasgow, was the second in a series of seven seminars being held around the UK by WCL.

Simon Ince, manager personnel certification schemes WCL, said: “This series of fire safety seminars has been designed to assist the duty holder to manage their fire risk.

“Fast and cheap is often the requirement these days for those seeking fire safety services. Unfortunately, in the event of a fire or a fire service audit, the buck can stop with the duty holder, unless they can demonstrate due diligence in the selection of contractors”.

WCL manager Paul Duggan spoke about the introduction in July of the Construction Product Regulations, which will make CE marking of fire safety products compulsory for all products with a harmonised European standard.

Colin Keeley of WCL gave delegates an insight into how poor some fire protection installations can be and to ensure the duty holder does not employ sub-standard contractors, while Niall Rowan of the Association of Specialist Fire Protection spoke about due diligence in the process of fire safety certification and compliance.

Ben Bradford, director at BB7, spoke at length about the New PAS 7 standard he is sponsoring. This guidance will prove invaluable for those wanting to strategically manage fire risk across large building portfolios. Ian Birch, of Tor Coatings, examined rapid flame spread from multi-layer paint and Stuart Brown of Gent by Honeywell spoke on the issue of unwanted fire alarms.

The next fire safety seminar will be held at the Britannia Country House Hotel, Didsbury, Manchester, on Wednesday, April 24.

Exova Warrington Certification Ltd, part of the global Exova testing group, offers expertise in a diverse range of areas including product certification, CE marking, marine certification, installer certification, on-site inspection and fire risk assessor certification.