Current fire safety law states that a fire risk assessment should be carried out. This should be done by either the 'responsible person' (somebody who has control over the premises), or a 'competent’ person or organisation who is delegated to act on behalf of the responsible person.
Fire risk assessments are very subjective and therefore require a 'competent person' to make a judgement as to how significant a finding is. Our highly skilled and experienced assessors use a simple system to determine whether the risk level is either 'high', 'medium' or 'low', known as the 'traffic light system'. This incorporates red, orange and green ratings depending on the level of risk perceived. Our assessment reports all contain an easy-to-follow action plan which suggests the removal or reduction of the significant risks found during the practical inspection.
Our Fire Investigation Officers are highly qualified and competent individuals who have served many years within the Fire Service, attending a variety of incidents. They can provide statements, offer advice and they always provide a detailed and exacting report for any incident where the cause of a fire is unknown.
This service is provided by consultants with experience working within a Local Authority Fire Service at senior officer level. They have been trained by the Fire Service and related professionals to an advanced level, have carried out numerous fire investigations, and are fully conversant with all aspects of the investigation process, including:
Upon request we can provide any one of the above services or carry out a full investigation of any fire related occurrence. Any full investigation will be followed by the production of a detailed report, together with any necessary recommendations.
*It should be noted that determination of an "expert witness" is for the court to decide based upon the qualifications and experience of the individual giving evidence.
What is fire compartmentation?
Compartmentation in structures is the fundamental basis and aim of passive fire protection.
The idea is to divide a structure into "fire compartments", which may contain single or multiple rooms, for the purpose of limiting the spread of fire, smoke and flue gases, in order to enable the three goals of fire protection:
- life safety
- property protection
- continuity of operations
The construction of such compartments and all their components is a matter of systems within systems, which use bounding to achieve fire-resistance ratings, all interdependent, forming part of an overall fire safety plan.
Specialist knowledge is required to understand the fire strategy of a building and how the occupants might react in an emergency. It is this knowledge, training, and experience, which allow us at FireQuest UK Ltd to determine where physical compartment walls, floors, ceilings and doors are, where they should be.
Understanding the structure of a building, and how the emergency fire evacuation plan works, is of paramount importance. Especially if there is a sleeping risk, or occupants are 'dependant' or 'highly dependent', such as in care homes or hospitals. In these circumstances the evacuation plan of a building will normally require 'Phased Horizontal Evacuation' (PHE) and specifically designed and intact fire compartments are necessary.
We have designed fire strategies and carried out fire compartmentation surveys since 2002 and are experts in this field. We use this knowledge and experience to determine whether existing buildings meet current fire safety standards and if compartment lines are intact and 'suitable and sufficient'.
Our surveyors visit site, assess the compartments and check on fire stopping around these compartments including all required fire door assemblies. A report is then produced and an action plan presented with a quote for any necessary work.
If you would like any further information on our services; please contact us on 08456 120272 where one of our specialist advisors will discuss your requirements.