Grenfell: First anniversary

THOSE affected by the Grenfell Tower fire have been in our thoughts at Xact as its first anniversary passed (14th June) – and as we absorb the findings about the fire safety systems on the building’s exterior emerging from the inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the tragedy. So far the Chair, Sir Martin Moore-Bick, has heard from the Bereaved, Survivors and Residents groups (BSRs) in a series of commemoration hearings and opening statements from core participants including legal representatives of…

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Trainer backs Hackitt Review

  Xact welcomes the recommendations of Dame Judith Hackitt’s independent review Building a Safer Future which has called for a Joint Competent Authority (JCA) to be created to ensure competence in those responsible for building safety. The report has also recognised that a competence framework specifically for higher risk residential buildings (HRRBs) should be developed to ensure safety is not compromised by a lack of skills, knowledge and experience in those engaged in managing any part of a building’s life-cycle….

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Burning questions

Fire Safety Event 10-12 April 2018 NEC, Birmingham Xact Training would like to say a big thank you to the many visitors to our stand for the interest and enthusiasm shown in the services we offer – they left us feeling highly optimistic about the development of professionalism and competence in our sector. Judging by the enquiries we received, a heightened interest is fast developing for fire safety qualifications at Levels 3, 4 and 5. The questions came thick and…

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Grenfell Tower: Interim Report

Report calls for qualifications Xact has welcomed the Grenfell Tower Interim Report (see below), noting that its initial recommendations place the emphasis on a requirement for suitably qualified practitioners. The report is critical of building regulations guidance, stating: “The current regulatory system for ensuring fire safety in high-rise and complex buildings is not fit for purpose.” Attention is also focused on the competency of those involved in fire safety and its regulation: “There is a need to raise levels of…

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Our Friends in The North

Fire Safety North, Manchester, October 2017. Xact would like to thank those who took the trouble to visit our stand at the exhibition. We would also like to express our appreciation to organisers, including Keith Gabriel and Mark Sennett, who offered us an extremely warm welcome and generally did all they could to assist us in getting the most out of what turned out to be a great platform to market our services. It was lovely to meet fellow fire…

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Striving for fire safety

XACT Training head Trevor Norwood has given his first reaction to the devastating Grenfell Tower Fire, stressing the company’s commitment to its support for the fire safety industry. Mr Norwood, who is Operations Manager with the leading provider of fire safety training to the Fire Service, Building Control Officers and Fire Risk Assessors, said: “We at Xact feel absolutely heartbroken about his tragedy. “Our thoughts are with all those families and the wider community affected as well as the emergency services…

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Raise standards at roadshow

Here’s an opportunity to refresh and update your knowledge of an important British Standard that has revolutionised fire safety in buildings. Xact is delighted to announce the launch of its BS 9999: 2017 Update – Summer Roadshow, a series of one-day training specials staged around the UK in July. Aimed at fire risk assessors, design engineers, building control and Fire Service officers who already have a working knowledge of BS 9999: 2008, the focus is on changes introduced with the…

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X-citement grows at Xact for Firex

Leading training provider Xact is joining thousands of industry professionals from around the globe at Firex International 2017 at Excel London later this month. Our team is ready to welcome fire risk assessors and those who manage fire safety to its exhibition stand F38 between 20th and 22nd of June to chat about national fire safety qualifications and courses. These include Level 4 Certificate in Fire Safety for those who risk assess complex buildings. Friendly and helpful, our specialists are…

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Home and a spray

Do you want in on a growing industry? Get ahead with our renowned sprinkler training. We are taking bookings currently on our 3-day sprinkler installation to BS 9251 course on 19-21 June 2017 The course enables you to install, commission and maintain residential and domestic sprinkler systems. Cost: £695 +VAT Location: Yarnfield Park, Staffordshire Accommodation £47 +VAT on Sunday, £59 +VAT week days For more information and booking call 01386 277980 or see online To be suitable for this course delegates should have:…

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Smoking related fire deaths

Smoking related fire deaths double, warns Brigade on No Smoking Day Twenty-one Londoners died in fires relating to smoking last year, which is more than double the year before. The figures, released to coincide with national No Smoking Day, also show that around three fires a day are linked to smoking, with around two people a week being injured. Fire chiefs are asking people to quit smoking to avoid the risk of dying or being hurt in a fire. Dan Daly, the…

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