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Independent Fire Scrutineering


What Is Independent Fire Scrutineering?

Following a review of fire strategy compliance as a reaction to several high-profile building fires, FCS provides ‘Independent Fire Safety Scrutineering’ services in line with the proposed Independent Construction Assessor (ICA) framework as part of the Building Safety Bill which is at the consultation stage in government. FCS works with construction companies and contractors to ensure that at each stage of the project compliance is maintained, recorded, and certified.

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Changes In Legislation

MHCLG has published its own consultation, which closed at the end of July 2019. This sets out principles for new regulations. FCS has identified several new principles which have been proposed in the Building Safety Bill. This bill is at the consultation phase within government and is aligned with the proposed new framework with regards to a Fire Scrutineering role and the three proposed Gateways.

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What Does An Independent Fire Scrutineer Provide?

A fire scrutineer offers you, the contractor, investor, or client the reassurance that your building is compliant with all the current and relevant standards related to fire. This means that the occupants in your building are safe in the environment you have provided. This would also protect against future latent defect claims as you would be able to provide a ‘Golden Thread’ of evidence that the building at the time of construction met all the legal requirements.

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How Does FCS Provide Compliance?

The following schedule of works (SoW) is proposed in order to standardise the requirements for each construction project which requires an independent fire scrutineer. The schedule detailed below has been created by FCS as a recommended minimum requirement, in order to provide due diligence and compliance when applied to construction projects.

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    FCS is unique in its approach and have developed designated Fire Engineering Teams so that all aspects of this Scope of Works can be provided to a consistently high standard. Teams are made up of construction, fire safety and fire stopping experts which underpin the requirement to fulfil all elements of the Scrutineer role.

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    Meet The Team

    Joe Allen - Technical Director

      The Technical Director at FCS has over 18 years experience working in the construction industry where he has been involved with testing, designing, and installing of all systems that are integral to the compartmentation of a building. Joe‘s specific expertise is proven in Drylining and internal partitioning, Fire stopping, Door inspections and surveys, Fire/smoke dampers, External cladding and cavity barriers.

      In the last 18 months Joe has been the technical manager of the scrutineering teams on over 20 new build projects. In a previous role, Joe was responsible for the training and measuring of competence amongst installers within the industry and due to his experience and knowledge, he was selected to be part of the first pilot scheme by Considerate Construction.

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