Providing a fire resilient environment for all

Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue invite you to a free one-day seminar on “Providing a fire resilient environment for all”, organised by the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association (BAFSA) in collaboration with, and hosted by, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service.

With a number of recent high profile fires in businesses, care homes and resident accommodation blocks, the event aims to highlight the importance of sprinklers and suppression systems for businesses around our county. We aim to raise awareness of the benefits of sprinkler systems, provide guidance and advice, and to dispel the myths and misconceptions that sprinklers often attract.

The seminar is free to attend and will take place at The Burgess Hall, St Ives on Tuesday 25 February 2020 from 9.00am until 3.30pm. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Every year people are needlessly killed and seriously injured in fires, which could be avoided with the presence of sprinkler and suppression systems. Businesses collapse and people lose their livelihoods as a result of fire. Lives and properties can be saved with this simplest of additions.

Speaking at the event will be colleagues from the fire service, housing sector and BAFSA, sharing their expertise on sprinklers and the benefits, as well as sprinkler providers who will be on hand to answer questions about what options are available for any type of business.

Please find attached the programme for the seminar.


9.00am – Registration and coffee

9.30am – Welcome from Cambridge FRS & BAFSA

9.40am – Protecting the most vulnerable – community care and assisted living, Ian Gough, BAFSA Technical Adviser

10.15am -Retrofitting our high rise properties – Cost .v. Benefit, Dave Johnson, Housing 21

10.50am – Third party certification and compliance, Keith MacGillivray, Chief Executive, BAFSA

11.25am – Coffee

11.40am – The fatal Newgrange Care Home Fire in Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service

12.15pm – Building a safer future, Nick Kendall – BSc (Hons) Strategic Lead  LABC

12.50pm – Lunch

1.40pm – Grenfell Tower: lessons learnt, Stewart Kidd, BAFSA Special Projects adviser

2.15pm – Protecting educational establishments and student accommodation, Ian Gough, BAFSA

2.50pm -Protecting Communities in Cambridge, Cambridge FRS

3.20pm – Q&A


How to book

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Burgess Hall Conference Centre Westwood Road St Ives PE27 6WU

Event information






Burgess Hall Conference Centre