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New fire safety regulations come into force in England

The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022, which implement the majority of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry recommendations into law, come into force today (23 January 2023).

• These are new requirements for responsible persons of mid and high-rise blocks of flats to provide information to Fire and Rescue Services to assist them with operational planning and provide additional safety measures.

• In all multi-occupied residential buildings residents should now be provided with fire safety instructions and information on fire doors.

The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 are now law from today and form part of a package of sensible, risk mitigating fire safety measures the government is delivering following the Grenfell Tower fire to keep the public safe.

In high-rise residential buildings, responsible persons will be required to:

• Provide their local fire and rescue service with up-to-date electronic building plans and information on the design and materials of their external wall.
• Undertake monthly checks of firefighting lifts, evacuation lifts and other key pieces of firefighting equipment.
• Install a secure information box and wayfinding signage

In mid-rise residential buildings (over 11m) responsible persons will be required to:

• Undertake annual checks of flat entrance doors and quarterly checks of all fire doors in the common part

Minister for Crime, Policing and Fire, Chris Philp, said:

“I am very pleased that measures to improve fire safety in blocks of flats are now law following recommendations made by the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

“Keeping the public safe is our utmost priority and we are committed to ensuring that the Grenfell tragedy must never happen again.”

The regulations can be viewed here:

New NFCC Fire Research Group Seeks Chair

The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC), a key Home Office delivery partner, have agreed to establish the Academic Collaboration Evaluation Research (ACER) group, which aims to improve the links between academic institutions and the NFCC. The group will include a blend of academic disciplines and appropriate NFCC group representatives.

NFCC is seeking a chair to establish and embed the ACER group, to help achieve the shared interests of researchers and fire services. Expressions of Interest are invited from members of academic institutions and other parties with relevant experience.

The Fire and Rescue Long Service and Good Conduct Medal now recognises 30 and 40 years' service

We all value fire and rescue professionals for the diligence and hard work that is required to protect our communities. The Fire and Rescue Service Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, recognising 20 years’ service, is one way to recognise firefighters and control staff for their dedication to their careers in the fire and rescue service

Safeguarding Fire Standard Launched

Fire Standards Board launches new professional standard for fire and rescue services in England