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Editor William Roszczyk

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Foreword W

EditorWilliam Roszczykintroduces this month’s edition

ELCOME TO the December/January issue of F&RM, which looks at modelling and high risk areas, and features our Fire Sector Summit review.

As technology and innovations develop ever faster, areas

that at first appear to have no crossover soon combine to present new options. This is plainly illustrated in fi re safety, with developments being applied in ways that are both obvious and perhaps not as clear. What is clear is that we are embracing technology’s potential to prevent fi res and save lives as well as property. Modelling is not per se a new development, but its fl exibility means that interesting new options arise. Michael Brettle examines the importance of such software when evaluating the wind speed and direction of hazardous smoke plumes. In turn, as part of an Arup project, Robert Parkinson and Reece Walker explore how FDS modelling is infl uencing open plan apartment design. High risk areas are a key concern, and construction sites

ISSN 1757-1324

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are one particular area where temporary, effective solutions protect workers. Ramtech’s Paul Henson explores the specifi cation of fi re alarm systems for such sites, and evaluates what to take into consideration. This year’s Fire Sector Summit gave another insight into

how various areas within and adjacent to fire safety, such as the built environment, are tackling significant issues including Grenfell, the overhaul of building regulations and the great unknowns of Brexit. Our report aims to give you a sense of those important discussions. The fi rst of two current affairs pieces sees BAFE’s Chris Auger

explain the market developments and factors that have led BAFE to develop its SP206 scheme, promoting safety in commercial kitchens. Finally, the second part of QBE’s Adrian Simmonds’ two part waste fi res article sees Adrian giving an overview of suppression options for waste piles of varying heights in waste recycling centres. You will probably have noticed that you’ve received a

readership survey with this issue - please let us know what you think about the magazine, as your feedback is very important for us as we move forward one year after rebranding the magazine. Make sure you send back your completed survey for the chance to win an Amazon Echo! Our 2019 editorial programme can also be found on the inside back cover, with topics for each month covered and the addition of our event focuses. You’ll also see that our February issue will be focusing on facility management, healthcare premises and mixed use facilities. If you’d like to contribute an article to either the February edition or another future issue, please get in touch with me at It only remains for me to say, from us here at F&RM, that we

hope you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year − see you in February!


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