Assembly Point Podcast

Now in its second series, our monthly podcast launched in 2021 to provide a collective space in which industry leaders can explore the most pressing issues in fire safety and share expert information and advice.

Featuring leading experts from across the sector and hosted alternately by the FPA’s respected fire safety professionals, Assembly Point has a growing audience of 600+ listeners and aims to move the debate on fire safety forwards by identifying new ways to work together to improve standards.

You can watch episodes of Assembly Point below or listen using podcast apps here.

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Series 2 Episode 3 - Will resilience ever be fully embedded if not mandated?

Date Added

21 April 2022

Duration

38 Minutes

In the latest episode of Assembly Point, Dr Jim Glockling, Technical Director at the Fire Protection Association and RISCAuthority is joined by Tom Roche, Senior Consultant at FM Global, and Mike Rooney, Chief Executive Officer at Resilience First, to explore resilience and whether it will ever be fully embedded if not mandated. The panel discuss the need for resilience within the commercial and service estates to survive disaster, the role of resilience in business continuity, and whether insurance alone is resilience enough.

Series 2 Episode 2 - Vulnerable Risks

Date Added

17 March 2022

Duration

47 Minutes

In our second episode of the series, Howard Passey, FPA Director of Operations is joined by Nick Coombe, Vice Chair of the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) Protection Committee & NFCC lead on Building Safety; Andy Frankum, Chair of the National Social Housing Fire Strategy Group, and Steve Emery, Fire Officer at Oxford University to explore vulnerable risks, specifically looking at social housing, care homes, educational settings, and the impact on evacuation strategies.

Series 2 Episode 1 - Competency at Every Stage of Design and Construction

Date Added

17 February 2022

Duration

44 Minutes

The Fire Protection Association Director of Training and Digital Services, Claire Wright kicks off series 2 by talking to Jane Duncan OBE, Chair of the RIBA Expert Advisory Group on Fire Safety, and Clive Johnson, Group Head of Health and Safety at Derwent London PLC. The panel discuss the competency requirements at each stage of the design and construction of a building and how these can be met. This episode also highlights key elements that need to be considered by all groups involved in the design, construction and maintenance of a building to ensure safety for the occupier.

Series 1 Episode 9 - Protecting Our Most Vulnerable

Date Added

21 October 2021

Duration

39 Minutes

In the latest episode of Assembly Point Howard Passey, FPA Director of Operations, talks to Lewis Ramsey, Caretaker Manager at BAFE Fire Safety Register and former Assistant Chief Officer for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, about the key areas to consider when looking at the risk management of fire in buildings occupied by vulnerable people such as schools, hospitals, and care homes. Howard and Lewis discuss how crucial it is to have appropriate fire safety measures in place that ensure occupant safety and are cognisant of the premises layout, construction, and features.

Series 1 Episode 8 - The Building Safety Bill: What Does It Mean For Fire Safety

Date Added

23 September 2021

Duration

43 Minutes

In our second panel episode of the series, Jonathan O’Neill OBE – Managing Director at the Fire Protection Association, speaks to Niall Rowan – Technical and Regulatory Affairs Officer at the Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP), Russ Timpson – Founder of the Tall Building Fire Safety Network, and Allan Meek – Director at Group SCS. Together the panel explores the implications of the Building Safety Bill following the Government’s review of the Building Regulations.

Series 1 Episode 7 - Building Competency As A Building Safety Manager

Date Added

19 August 2021

Duration

45 Minutes

In our first panel episode of the series, Claire Wright – Head of Training at the Fire Protection Association (FPA) talks to Anthony Taylor – Chairman of Working Group 8, John Brett – Director of Health and Safety Compliance at Estates & Management Limited, and John Briggs – Commercial Director at the FPA. Together the panel explores the practical steps building managers can take to ensure they follow the competency framework including the core knowledge, skills, experience and behaviours required for the role of Building Safety Manager.

Series 1 Episode 6 - Is The Current Regulation Change Over Sprinkler Ignoring A Much Bigger Problem

Date Added

22 June 2021

Duration

43 Minutes

For this episode, we're joined by Tom Roche, Senior Consultant at FM Global. Tom and Howard explore the fact that sprinklers have still not been made mandatory for all new or major refurbished school buildings in England in the revised Building Bulletin 100 document, and why sprinklers should be made mandatory in all high-risk buildings.

Series 1 Episode 5 - What Will It Take To End Legacy Of Neglect

Date Added

17 June 2021

Duration

45 Minutes

In episode 5, we talk to Catherine Levin, Political Editor at FIRE Magazine. Four years on from Grenfell, Catherine and Howard explore whether the provision of fire safety has improved since that tragic day in June 2017 and if the subsequent changes in legislation will be enough to bring about meaningful change.

Series 1 Episode 4 - Building a Solid Foundation in Fire Safety

Date Added

20 May 2021

Duration

45 Minutes

In this episode, we're joined by Jane Duncan OBE, chair of the expert panel on fire safety at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Jane discusses how Grenfell was a ‘turning point’ for building safety, and she and Howard explore how architects, construction teams and building owners can work together to understand and prioritise fire safety from the very start of a project.

Series 1 Episode 3 - What About Asset Protection

Date Added

15 April 2021

Duration

36 Minutes

For episode 3, we're joined by Sarah Brodie, Policy Adviser at the ABI and explore the need to protect an organisations' phisical assets alongside the need for life protection.

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