Fire webinar: FIA CEO Ian Moore to present fire market trends on 25 October
The effects of the Grenfell Tower tragedy are being felt across the fire industry, a study into the UK fire market suggests.
Defying any dampening effect Brexit-related uncertainty might have caused, enquiries for goods and services post-Grenfell have grown strongly, a survey of fire solution providers has revealed.
Wave 10 of the Market Conditions Survey is the latest annual snapshot of trends in the UK fire sector from The Fire Industry Association (FIA).
In the first full 12 months analysed by the report since the Grenfell tragedy, which claimed 71 lives in June 2017, it was also revealed that companies already struggling to find suitably qualified engineers are now having to ramp up recruitment further to fulfil orders.
“Fire engineers are very sought after,” one survey respondent wrote, with another noting there is “still a huge skills shortage in the industry as a whole and need to entice more people into the fire and security industry to grow.”
A global shortage of components, meanwhile, makes it more challenging for providers to meet growing demand, as well as eroding profit margins.
Concerns were also raised about competence and compliance. If the growth in enquiries suggests landlords and other responsible persons are taking their responsibilities more seriously, some respondents suggested all too many service providers are failing to do likewise.
“There was initially a knee-jerk reaction post-Grenfell,” said one. “It still worries me how many competitors are still offering ‘get arounds’ or interpreting the rules in a way that is for commercial gain, at the expense of what is professionally or ethically correct.”
Another who echoed these sentiments said: “There seems to be a bigger focus on cutting corners where possible – indicating that profits are under pressure. My biggest concern for the industry as a whole is lack of effective competency.”
Ian Moore, CEO of the FIA, said: “With a number of scathing reports on the lack of professionalism and competency in our industry, building owners and landlords are starting to demand the best available – compliant in every sense – as it has been reinforced that they are responsible and the consequences in cutting corners can be dire.”
“This can only be advantageous for FIA members – as we are, by nature of the strict joining criteria, all professional organisations that have taken the time and money to prove competency to different degrees.”
Competence and compliance are the FIA’s raison d’être. Third-party certification is a prerequisite for joining the association, which promotes compliance with standards and legislation among suppliers and fire safety professionals across the supply chain.
FIA CEO Ian Moore will present a webinar analysing the survey findings and reflecting on key industry issues on Thursday 25 October at 10.30am. The 45-minute webinar will be hosted by IFSEC Global and introduced by IFSEC Global Editor, Adam Bannister.
Ian joined the FIA in September 2015 as the new CEO. Previously to this Ian was the Managing Director of several companies operating in the fire and security industry the most recent being Elmdene International and as a Vice President of Potter Signal. Recently Chairman of the BSIA Export Council and BSIA Operating Board, member of several fire and security committees, he has a wealth of experience to bring. Having lived in Oman, Taiwan and UAE, Ian also brings strong International experience to support any export activities of the FIA and its members.
The FIA's Market Conditions Review - Autumn 2018
Thursday 25 October 10.30 - 11.15 BST
Join FIA (Fire Industry Association) CEO, Ian Moore, for the upcoming Market Conditions Review webinar as he presents the results of the FIA's latest survey.
This snapshot of the current trends within the fire industry will bring you exclusive insights to business over the past year - including how Grenfell Tower and the effects of a global component shortage have impacted the fire industry. Sign up now to secure your space on this free webinar.