Euralarm joins its UK Member the FIA in expressing its sincere condolences to all those affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy. In addition, we praise the fire service for its prompt and professional response.
Although a fire on such a scale is unprecedented in the UK, there have been a number of similar incidents around the world. Along with other organisations in the sector, Euralarm has long expressed major concerns about the disregard for measures to establish and maintain fire safety during the lifecycle of buildings. While we must wait for a full investigation into the cause of the fire and the reasons for such rapid fire spread in this tragic incident, Euralarm will continue campaigning for improvements in fire safety legislation and standardisation throughout Europe ensuring the safety of the public and our built environment.
Enzo Peduzzi, President of Euralarm stated:
“We extend our sincere condolences to the families and friends that are having to deal with the loss of loved ones and neighbours, or providing support for those that have been injured. At the same time, we express our recognition of the fire and rescue services for their courage and endurance.”
“The Grenfell Tower fire tragedy reverberates throughout the industry, and it pains us to see that fires of such dimensions are to a great extent avoidable. The knowledge and technology readily exist to assure that dwellings are safe – especially for those greatest at risk such as children and seniors.”
UK-based Euralarm Member the Fire Industry Association (FIA) announced last month that it will be offering four new qualifications for the fire detection and alarm sector, available to book from early July after the official launch at the FIREX event this year.
Euralarm, the European trade association of the electronic fire safety and security Industry, has published its Annual Report 2016-2017. The report underlines the impact of the association on the future of standardisation, electroninc fire safety, security and associated services.
In autumn 2016, Euralarm’s Romanian association Member ARTS requested help from Euralarm Members in order to overcome an issue raised by a new local regulation. The national standard issued in 2015 considerably reduced the possibility for electronic fire safety products manufacturers to sell their certificated products and to use them in projects.
Euralarm will be represented at the CEN-CENELEC StandarDays 2017, which will take place in Brussels at the CEN-CENELEC Management Centre on 20-21 April. Participants in this public event will receive a structured overview of the European Standardisation System, CEN-CENELEC products and processes, as well as the benefits of stakeholder involvement.
Mr. Keith Shinn has been elected Chairman of ISO/TC 21/SC 3. This technical body part of the International Organisation for Standardisation deals with the field of Fire detection and alarm systems and related work on terminology, classification and symbols, as well as approval of advisory documents relating to the general principles and application of equipment and apparatus for fire protection.
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