Checkmate Fire in association with Aviva host the biggest passive fire safety event ever, with over 200 delegates. Passive Fire Protection Seminar 13th September 2016.
This was 1 of a series of 22 Checkmate seminars held nationally over the last 6 years . . . attended by over 2,000 delegates.
14 industry leading companies presented and exhibited. Special thanks to Aviva for hosting this event. Participating companies: ASFP, Aviva Insurance, BRE/LPCB, Checkmate Fire Solutions, Evac Chair, FPA / Risc Authority, Hilti, Intastop, Lloyd Worrall, Lorient, Noberne Doors, Safety Management UK, Sherwin Williams & Tagevac
Checkmate Seminars are free to attend and provide a 4 hour CPD Certificate.
We are looking for organisations to host 5 similar events in 2017. If you are interested please contact Kate Cooke: firstname.lastname@example.org
Checkmate were proud to receive this letter and photographs recently from Braintree Shotokan Karate Club following their great success at the WUKF World Championships in Dublin, June 2016.
We write to formally thank you for your kind donation to our club for the above event. The total money donated went far beyond our expectations, which meant not only did we manage to purchase essential, protective equipment and England tracksuits but it also paid for our squad training sessions and our competitor entrance fees, further reducing the cost to our parents.
We had a very successful time in Dublin and are extremely proud to announce that five of our members brought home seven medals from what were the largest attended world championships to date with some 2283 competitors. Ethan Meader won Gold in his individuals, making him the world karate champion for his age category and a Bronze medal in team rotation with James Perkins. Adam Gibson won two Bronze in team rotation and Charlie Lingard won Bronze in individuals.
The photographs show all of the competitors from our club who attended this event and our medallists wearing their England tracksuits and medals.
Is Prevention or Insurance the Cure for High Rise Fires in the UAE?
10th May 2016 at Oberoi Dubai
The New Year’s Eve fire at the Address Hotel in Downtown Dubai is probably one of the most high profile examples of the high-rise building fires experiencing in the UAE in the last couple of years. The Address fire also highlighted a number of issues that have a bearing on UAE legislation and building codes.
In this presentation, Noufal Manzil of Talbot Underwriting and Alan Oliver of Checkmate Fire will explore two avenues that building occupiers and business owners need to consider regardless of when new legislation is introduced. The first is the application of risk management information to optimise insurance protection; the second and perhaps more important is the use of passive fire protection in buildings.
As part of our long term commitment to Pag Amoma Orphanage, Davao, Philippines, Checkmate has recently sent a further contribution, which will this year be used to buy microphones, speakers and indigenous musical instruments to extend their musical performance capability. Pag Amoma means 'to nurture' and the orphanage currently has 17 children aged from 5 to 16. They regularly perform at local festivals, weddings and other functions to both give the children valuable life skills and as a means of raising funds.
The children are seen pictured in traditional costume with manager Lisa Templado and Nelleke Nugteren, who founded the orphanage in 2007. Earlier this year Nelleke paid them a visit from her home in Holland.
Would Progressive Horizontal Evacuation in Your Trust Really Work?
Time: 15:10 - 15:30, Date: 2015/10/21
One of the fundamental principles underpinning fire safety in hospitals is the concept of Progressive or Phased Horizontal Evacuation, whereby in the event of fire in one area the patients are evacuated to an adjoining area on the same level designed to protect its occupants from the danger of fire and smoke.
The presentation looks at some of the compliance issues affecting fire compartmentation within the NHS and suggests practical solutions that may be required to deliver and maintain a fire compliant building.
Checkmate are delighted to have been appointed the main sponsors for this years USHA Fire Group Annual Seminar taking place at the County Thistle Hotel, Newcastle, 10th - 11th June 2015. The theme this year is 'The Built Environment' and Alan Oliver is delivering a presentation at the seminar on 'Issues in Delivering a Fire Compliant Building'.
For more information about the conference please visit the USHA website USHA Website »
Checkmate Fire are proud to have donated £500 to sponsor local girl Zoey Woods, who is a family friend of our Southern Operations and Technical Director, Pat Murphy. Zoey is bravely undertaking the London Marathon on the 26th April 2015 to raise funds for a very worthy cause - Parc (Essex).
Parc (Essex) is a registered children's charity based in the beautiful setting of Great Notley Country Park, near Braintree in Essex. Their aim is to provide play and recreation facilities for children with additional needs and short break care for their families and carers. Currently helping to support over 470 families within the Essex area.
Checkmate Fire, one of the UK's leading providers of passive fire protection solutions, is to showcase its innovative Alufire product at the world-renowned BRE Innovation Park which attracts up to 15,000 visitors every year.
The Alufire system is made up of fire-rated glass sheets secured in aluminium frames which have a glass fibre reinforced seperator. It provides the thermal insultion, and the required smoke and fire resistance, that protects against the high temperatures of a fire.
One of the most useful, and innovative, features of the product is its high impact resistance meaning it can be used in areas where there is an incresed risk of accidents or falling, ideal for schools, hospitals and other busy buildings.
The other key benefits are reduced maintenance costs over the lifetime of the product, when compared to traditional systems such as fire doors, and installation is a complete solution, which has been certified as working together, rather than an assembly of individually tested components.
The Innovation Park, launched in 2005 and based in Watford, is home to some of the world's most sustainable buildings, landscape designs and innovative technologies and is known as a test-bed for future ideas and products for building projects.
Checkmate Fire is the sole distributor and installer for Alufire in the UK and Ireland and its managing director Mark Williams said:
"Alufire is a product that can revolutionise passive fire protection in buildings where the look and design are vital, such as hospitals where being able to see out of an office towards patients is so important.
"It is made up of an innovative system of state-of-the-art glass, frames and separators which give it a high degree of fire resistance and a high impact resistance. This means that it can be used in some of the most demanding buildings and allows projects to be constructed with maximum flexibility of design but no compromise on fire protection.
"Showcasing the system at the BRE Innovation Park is another illustration of how important and innovative we think this product is and we hope the thousands of people who visit every year get a clear understanding of its value and impact."
Dr David Kelly, Director of the BRE Innovation Park, said:
"We are pleased to welcome Checkmate Alufire's innovative glazing system on to the BRE Innovation Park. Since its inception in 2005 the Park's remit has been to apply innovation to the buildings and homes we develop so they are better for the environment, better for business and ultimately better for people. Securing the support of our industry partners is critical in order for BRE to continue to demonstrate innovation across the built environment."
One of the UK's leading specialist passive fire protection companies is expanding its Dunmow office premises and creating a new product showroom as it continues its growth across the UK.
Checkmate Fire, which provides professionally managed, cost-effective and quality services protecting homes, businesses and organisations with a range of passive fire solutions, has taken on extra 200sq metres of office space in the Woodgates Farm Estate in Dunmow.
In line with the expansion, the company has also recruited three new contracts managers, as well as a receptionist to handle customer enquiries and administration.
Formed in 1990, Checkmate Fire is one of the leading names in passive fire and air sealing protection. Working with high profile clients across the UK, including Great Ormond Street Hospital, Harrods department store and University College London, they are able to survey and assess, design solutions and then install services offering high quality, reliable fire protection.
Checkmate Fire is also the sole UK distributor and installer of the Alufire glazed fire protection system; a product that will be displayed in the company's newly created showroom.
Pat Murphy, Southern Operations Director for Checkmate Fire, is overseeing the project. He said:
"The new showroom will allow us to invite potential clients to experience the quality and feel of our Alufire glazed partitions and doors first hand. It will also provide a modern working environment for our staff, as well as giving us the additional storage space we require to manage our operations effectively."
"We are delighted to be able to remain situated on the Woodgates Farm estate, as it gives us good access to the motorway network, as well as Stanstead Airport and mainline rail services. This enables us to continue to service our clients effectively across the South of England and throughout the UK."
During a recent brief visit to the Philippines to see ex Checkmate MD and friend Rick Bowden, I took a cheque to Pag Amoma orphanage. We have supported the orphanage since being introduced to them by Rick in 2011.
This was the first visit made to Pag Amoma by a Checkmate employee as we have previously sent our donations via Rick.
The orphanage was established about 20 years ago by a Dutch lady called Nelleke (who still supports it but now lives back in Holland, is elderly and is no longer able to visit them often). I thought the children would be at school and I would just be meeting the manager, but they were kept back to 'meet & greet' me - I felt very humble to be honoured in this way. They gave me a singing performance and then introduced themselves one by one like "my name is Joy, I come from Cagaya and I am in grade 8" when they finished I said "my name is Alan I am from England and I am very old!"
The performance was very polished - I found out that the manager, called Lisa, is a skilled musician, singer and performer and she is clearly teaching the children these skills - they perform at local weddings and events as a way to raise funds.
They are given other valuable life skills for when they return to their communities aged 16 - they do all their own cleaning, cooking, shopping, etc. before and after school. The children call Lisa mummy, which is very sweet and appropriate because you can tell how much she gives them her love. She said that the money we donated this year can support the orphanage for a month and they are very grateful as this has been a hard year to raise money because a lot of local money from regular sponsors has been diverted due to the terrible typhoon that hit the islands just north of them a year ago - in fact they have been performing to raise money for the typhoon victims too.
But she told me that our money would be used to buy the children's Christmas presents and I was 'gob-smacked' when on leaving she announced to the children "Alan has brought you the money to buy you all your Christmas presents this year" as you can imagine the children went loopy and were looking at me like I was Father Christmas - at this stage I was trying very hard not to have an Andy Murray moment - by which I mean cry like a baby, not turn into a world class tennis player!
So a fantastic experience and as you can imagine I will ensure that Checkmate continue to support such a worthy cause in future years. If you would like further information on Pag Amoma please contact me at email@example.com
Nov 2014 - Please note our NEW ADDRESS & phone number for the Northern Office is: Checkmate Fire Solutions Ltd.
Unit B9, Ground Floor,
Lowfields Close, Lowfields Business Park, Elland, West Yorkshire, HX5 9DX
Checkmate is pleased to announce that our fire damper inspection, maintenance and installation services are now undertaken under LPCB accreditation. All inspections and work are covered by an LPCB Certificate of Conformity as proof that it has been carried out to a universally recognised standard.
Checkmate is currently busy in meeting the demand for such services in NHS hospitals, who were recently reminded in an Estates and Facilities Alert on the need to manage and maintain fire dampers in compliance with Article 17 of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
Photos taken at the USHA Fire Conference 2014 show John Crust, Chairman of the Fire Safety Group, presenting Alan Oliver of Checkmate Fire Solutions with a gift, and formally thanking him for Checkmate's sponsorship and contribution to producing the 'USHA Fire Building Design Guide'.
How can you tell what is specified is what is actually installed? Unlike the installation of gas equipment, there is currently no mandatory requirement for any fire protection measure installed to be carried out via a third...
Thursday 19th June at 12:00 - 12:30pm in the Expertise & Guidance Theatre.
The Expertise and Guidance Theatre is designed specifically for end users within the fire safety industry tand gives you direct access to the latest insights, legistlation and case studies.
Checkmate have recently signed a framework agreement with Taylor Wimpey to undertake passive fire protection work at Chobham Manor, the first new neighbourhood of 800 homes to be created at the Olympic Park at Stratford.
Checkmate Fire have become the sole distributor and installer of Alufire glazing systems for the UK and Ireland. Alufire have been designing and manufacturing premium quality fire resistant glazed doors, windows and partitions systems and operating in Europe for over 20 years.
All doors, windows and partitions meet EN standards related to smoke control and can achieve fire resistances ranging form 15 to 120 minutes. Alufire products also achieve the highest performances in the market for
acoustic insulation in interior spaces.
Once installed, the system brings a fresh contemporary look to any building, allowing light into once darkened areas of a building.
We are proud to become approved installers of Alufire glazed systems and are able to offer a complete integrated system including fire resistant doors, windows and partitions; adding to our ever increasing portfolio, truly making Checkmate Fire a one stop shop for all your passive fire compartmentation solutions.
If you would like more information on any of the new Alufire systems offered by Checkmate Fire, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01279 850021 (SOUTH) or 01484 721154 (NORTH).
Fire door compliance is a major issue and is a great concern to a number of organisations and individuals. To help clarify some of the issues regarding specifications and frequency of inspection, Checkmate Fire have created the Fire Door CHECKmaterix™ which enables various stakeholders to categorise doors in terms of usage and level of critical importance to the safety of the building.
We are pleased to announce that Checkmate will be sponsoring and exhibiting at the USHA Fire Seminar once again.
The Universities Safety and Health Association (USHA) promotes safety and health in higher education ensuring the wellbeing of university staff, students and visitors. For more information please click here »
We are pleased to announce that Checkmate will be sponsoring and exhibiting at the NAHFO Conference once again. The National Association of Healthcare Fire Officers (NAHFO) is an organisation that acts as a national voice for all those associated with healthcare fire safety. Working closely with other organisations to promote the highest standards of fire safety within healthcare environments. This year the NAHFO Conference is at the Hilton Hotel, Blackpool 20th May - 22nd May - full details are available on their website - Nahfo Conference 2014 »
We are pleased to announce that Checkmate will be exhibiting at Firex this year, Tuesday 17th - Thursday 19th June in the ASFP Pavilion. Firex will be held at the ExCel Centre, London, having moved from the NEC, Birmingham and is forecast to be bigger and better than ever before - Book Now »
Following a recent management reshuffle, Mark Williams has now taken the helm at Checkmate Fire, following in the footsteps of Alan Oliver who has taken the decision to concentrate full time on promoting the need for fire compliance within buildings as a Director of our Compliance Division.
On 8th October, Alan Oliver of Checkmate Fire was delighted to visit Brian Gregory, MD of Safety Management (UK) to present him with a bottle of champagne for his 'excellent' performance at the recent Checkmate Fire 'Passive Fire Safety Conference' in association with Aviva Insurance at their premises in London.
On 4th September, Brian presented to an audience of over 100 business experts on the subject of Fire Doors at the Checkmate Fire Conference. He received 27 'excellent' ratings from the audience feedback forms, making him the most popular presenter on the day.
Brian talked with delegates about the effective methods of risk rating fire doors to establish a practical and effective repair and maintenance regime that can be prioritised on a risk based approach . He outlined what constitutes a fire door, and what safety critical features of the fire door need to be assessed to confirm its adequacy. Once compliance has been identified it is then a case of looking at the smaller and non safety critical features on the fire doors that need assessing. Once all this information has been collated, using a scoring system, doors are graded on the importance of repair or maintenance. From this grading, users are then in a position to prioritise works on the fire doors, ultimately identifying the most critical door in their stock.
Checkmate Fire Solutions Ltd - Eaton Smith, Business of the Month Winner
Checkmate Fire Solutions Ltd, a passive fire protection installer and consultancy based in Brighouse has been awarded the Business of the Month prize for June.
The business operates in the market of passive fire protection, meaning all the materials installed in a building which protects it from fire, and contains the harmful effects of fire and smoke. This would include materials to protect the steel structure from collapsing, fire walls and doors, and systems put in place to seal gaps which would otherwise allow fire and smoke to easily spread.
The present company which was registered in 2003 initially grew steadily working on some prestigious projects including the Channel Tunnel, Hong Kong Airport and the Millennium Dome. Working as a specialist sub-contractor within the construction industry resulted in problems in 2008, with the onset of recession and a sharp decline in business. A change of direction was needed focussing on moving away from new builds to developing and securing work on occupied buildings, which has given the company far more opportunities to secure profitable work with significant orders received from some high profile firms including Burberry, The NHS, University College London and the Australian High Commission.
The judges were impressed that this strategy change has resulted in a 10 fold growth rate in new business, securing employment for around 35 staff through what has been a very contracted industry in recent years, but Checkmate have bucked this trend making them well placed to take advantage of the predicted industry upturn from 2014 onwards.
Alan Oliver, Managing Director said "I am very pleased to accept the award on behalf of everyone at Checkmate in recognition of team effort and their acceptance of changes required to robustly survive what has been a long and sustained recession."
The Business of the Month Award is run in association with Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce and UKTI. It is open to firms in Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield.
Contact Ian Greenwood at Eaton Smith on 01484 821389 for more information.
Pictured left to right: Ellie Lyon - MYCCI, Matthew Scholey - Eddisons, Alison Palmer - Eaton Smith, Alan Oliver & Mark Williams - Checkmate Fire, Bob Pidgeon - Appleyard Lees.
Checkmate's Compliance Manager spoke at the May 2013 NAHFO Conference on how latest software developments can cost effectively improve on the surveying, inspecting, recording and remediation of fire compartmentation including fire doors in NHS buildings. Checkmate were sponsors of the NAHFO Conference for the fourth consecutive year.
Latest Government figures estimate that the economic cost of fire is £7bn per year (19.2m every day). That's why we must all play our part.
Why is this of relevance to me!
If you are involved in provision of a fire protection package, at any level, then you share liability for its usefulness and its operation when it's needed in fire, and that liability will still be there in the event of a court case.
I place the order; it is not my responsibility to install the works!
If it is your responsibility to specify the materials and/or appoint the installation contractor, it is also your responsibility to ensure that they can prove competency for the fire protection materials used, or the works to be carried out. It's no longer simply a duty of care or voluntary - it's a legal obligation.
If you knowingly ignore advice that leads to a failure in the fire performance of any element of installed fire protection within a building, then you are likely to be found to be just as culpable as the deficient installer.
You share liability for the provision of information required under Regulation 38 of The Building Regulations that tells the user of the building about the fire prevention measures provided in the building. Otherwise, the user cannot make an effective risk assessment under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
What is expected of me?
In the event of fire, and deaths, a court will want to know how every fire protection system was selected; the basis for selection of the installer, whether adequate time was provided for its installation, and whether there was adequate liaison between the different parties to ensure it was installed correctly. No ifs, no buts - it's all contained in the Construction, Design and Management Regulations 2007.
The CDM 2007 regulations, enforced by Health and Safety Executive concentrate on managing the risk, and the health and safety of all those who build, those that use the building, those who maintain it and those that demolish it - cradle to grave.
Be aware - the time to consider the above is before the event, not after it!
Our agents in the United Arab Emirates, Haven Fire & Safety, have recently recruited Loida Joy as our Air Leakage Testing Co-ordinator. Loida, pictured at Haven's Dubai headquarters, will be arranging annual air leakage tests for clients, new and existing, throughout the United Arab Emirates.
A recent article which appeared in FRM journal, Fire Risk Management - The International Journal for Fire Professionals, written by Alan Oliver of Checkmate Fire Solutions Ltd.
Passive fire protection on building projects needs to be client led, says Alan Oliver.
Under the Building Regulations in England and Wales, there is a requirement for main contractors to ensure that new or refurbished buildings are completed and handed over to the client in a fire-compliant state, in terms of means of escape and minimum life safety. More . . .
Checkmate Fire have joined the FPA, the UK's national fire safety organisation, and have become a sponsor of their latest DVD 'Fire Safety in Healthcare Premises'. For copies of this DVD please go to the FPA website.
Working in partnership with ADT Tyco and Firetec Specialist Services, Checkmate Fire have recently installed new fire doors, fire barriers and have airsealed the 4 machine rooms and diesel room that operate Tower Bridge.
Checkmate are pleased to announce that they have renewed their agency agreement with Haven Fire & Safety, to market their air sealing, air leakage testing and passive fire protection, survey and installation, services throughout the United Arab Emirates for a further three years.
Checkmate have become one of the founder members of the new BRE installer scheme LPS 1531, which gives third party approval of companies involved in the installation or application of passive fire protection products.
The accreditation process involves a series of rigorous checks which are ongoing, and it is because of this assessment process that the LPCB Approval Mark is recognised worldwide as a badge of quality for passive fire protection installation.
The benefits of using third party or independent certification schemes are recognised in Approved Document B (Fire Safety) Volume 2 and the CLG guides for the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (RRO). The use of LPCB certified products and installers will help the Responsible Person to comply with the RRO.
Passive fire protection products, designed to protect life and property in the event of a fire, can be compromised by poor installation or application, which may result in premature failure in the event of a fire. This standard, explains LPCB, is designed to ensure that those who install or apply passive fire protection products are trained and have the necessary skills and technical ability to do this correctly. Assessment involves an office audit, site installation inspection and on-going site surveillance inspections.
The LPS 1531 approved installation contractor will then issue a Certificate of Conformity supplied by LPCB for each passive fire protection installation.
Click here for further information on the passive fire protection contractors scheme LPS 1531, or contact Ian Stewart at: email@example.com.
Checkmate have recently air sealed the new £30 million North Kent Police headquarters for Kier Construction, in conjuction with Wintech Engineering who were able to test and pass the building first time to meet the requirements of The Building Regulations part L2.
Checkmate have a national agreement with Wintech, who are UKAS Accredited. Wintech are also members of ATTMA, providing the confidence and assurance that testing will be to the highest standard.
Hilti has LPCB, FM Global and Certifire accreditations on its products which helps to mitigate / reduce the liability of the building owners, designers and contractors alike. and are monitored on an ongoing basis to provide absolute confidence in the quality and standards of the products being installed.
The specific aim of third party accreditation is to improve the protection of people and property through the reduction of risk and as members of their Installer scheme Checkmate recognise the value of 3rd party accredited products. 3rd party accredited installation of 3rd party accredited products ensures that fire protection and compartmentation is done correctly and overall risk is minimised. Main contractors recognise that as a result their clients receive a guaranteed product that will fulfil the requirements of the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order and will provide peace of mind for the lifetime of the building.
Checkmate Fire, working through Dubai Agents Haven Fire & Safety, have successfully air leakage tested the substation providing power for the air conditioning and chilled water for the whole of Palm Jumeirah; referred to in Dubai as The 8th Wonder of the World.
The substation is protected by an FM200 fire extinguisher gas suppressant system, also installed by Haven. Air leakage testing is required to confirm that the gas will be retained within the building and will be able to extinguish the flames in a fire situation, thus ensuring that services for the project are adequately protected.