Lawrence Webster Forrest (LWF), Fire Engineering and Fire Risk Management Consultants
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General Bulletins

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Basement Smoke Ventilation

Fire in a basement is very different to that above ground for two fundamental reasons. Firstly, true basements are enclosed, with no windows or means of ventilation, this condition allows for rapid heat build up with nowhere for the heat to dissipate to, other than internal openings within the basement.


Fire Safety Housekeeping & Management

Housekeeping, to many people, may refer to activities such as domestic chores. However, in the world of fire safety, it is a term frequently used to describe a vast range of issues that are often deficient and can have adverse effects on the residual risk posed by fire.


Fire Safety Penalties

It must be understood that fire safety requirements are not optional and are required under statute.


Fire Safety Penalties

It must be understood that fire safety requirements are not optional and are required under statute.


Fire Safety - Maintenance of Protection Systems

In general all commercial/public buildings in the UK will incorporate some form of active fire protection system.


Fire Safety Training Requirements

The importance of fire safety training is commonly underestimated. Whilst significant resources are often ploughed into fire safety systems, it is often noted that many building occupiers do not have an adequate understanding of the building and what facilities are in place to prevent the occurrence of fire / fire spread, as well as the importance of other features such as the means of escape design.


Fire Safety Management Audits

With much emphasis placed on physical fire safety precautions, it must be ensured that adequate management systems are also in place.


Fire Risk Assessments, Suitable & Sufficient?

There has been a fundamental regime change in Fire Safety Legislation / Enforcement with a shift in responsibility from the authorities onto the owner/occupier. The basis of fire safety precautions and their acceptability focuses on a building’s Fire Risk Assessment (FRA). However, with the progression of time, knowledge and understanding of these assessments, the quality of some FRA’s is being called into question by the fire authorities, with the terminology used stating that the assessments are ‘not suitable & sufficient’.


Fire Safety, Competency Considerations

Fire safety is the same as any other discipline, in that reliance is placed on professionals to be competent and equally importantly to maintain their competence to achieve continued success. However, defining / classifying those persons who are deemed to be competent presents a number of difficulties.


Fire Safety, Planning for the Future

The current economic situation will have an effect on most people, either personally, professionally, or both. However, few of us will consider the effects of economics in terms of fire safety.


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FIRE SAFETY BLOGS

  • Fire Safety for Healthcare Premises - Fire Safety Training for Staff - Part 80

    In LWFs blog series for healthcare professionals, the aim is to give information on best practice of fire safety in hospitals and other healthcare premises. In part 79, LWF began to discuss fire safety training for staff in healthcare premises and in part 80, we continue from that point with more information on who should attend training and what it should comprise.Fire safety training for staff should have the aim of producing awareness and...

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  • Facilities Management & Fire Safety - Community Fire Safety - Part 6

    In LWF’s blog series for those who work in Facilities Management, or who have an interest in or responsibility for fire safety, we have been looking at community fire safety. In part 5, we looked at how government initiatives and programmes have impacted fire safety in homes and schools, including the home fire risk checks undertaken by the Fire Service.  In part 6, we will continue discussing community fire safety by looking at some of...

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  • Fire Engineering Design and Risk Assessment - Firefighting Shafts - Part 46

    In LWF’s recent Fire Engineering blog series for Architects and others in the building design industry, we have been looking at Firefighting. In part 45, we looked at recommendations for the provision of firefighting shafts contained in Approved Document B and BS 9999. In part 46, we consider what those documents have to say on general design considerations for firefighting shafts.Approved Document B and BS...

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  • Fire Safety for Healthcare Premises - Fire Safety Training for Staff - Part 79

    In LWFs blog series for healthcare professionals, the aim is to give information on best practice of fire safety in hospitals and other healthcare premises. In part 78, LWF looked at fire precautions in underground locations. In part 79, we discuss fire safety training for staff in healthcare premises.  The effective management of fire safety training for all staff in healthcare venues is an important area of fire safety management. It is also a statutory...

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  • Facilities Management & Fire Safety - Community Fire Safety - Part 5

    In LWF’s blog series for those who work in Facilities Management, or who have an interest in or responsibility for fire safety we have been looking at domestic fire safety and the related initiatives in the UK. In part 4, we discussed how useful fire safety education for children has been in influencing fire-safe behaviour in the home. In part 5, we consider home fire risk checks before looking at the evidence of successful community...

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Case Studies

Brentwood Town Hall Redevelopment
The redevelopment of Brentwood Town Hall included renovating the existing five storey property to provide police and council offices, a community hub and lettable office space across the basement, gro...

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General Bulletins

Fire - The External Risk
When we consider fire safety, our focus is normally from within, what can we do to prevent the occurrence of fire and how we can limit its damage.  Whilst this is the correct stance to take, we m...

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Technical Bulletins

Evacuation Modelling - Factor in Human Behaviour
Evacuation of buildings can be analyzed in different ways. Approved Document B (ADB) which provides guidance on meeting the requirements of the England and Wales Building Regulations with regard to fi...

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