Lindum Fire Services

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Lindum Fire Services's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Lindum Fire Services is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

www.lindumfire.co.uk

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Managing Director TomBrookes
Installing high-tech systems
at airports
Lindum Fire Services Ltd was founded in 1992 in the city of
Lincoln to provide a full suite of fire services to contractors
and developers alike. It operates across the UK, delivering
everything from fire safety training through to the supply,
installation and maintenance of high-quality fire equipment.
Now one of the largest privately owned fire companies in
Lincolnshire, Lindum Fire Services is led by Director Tom
Brookes, who tells
The Parliamentary Review
just how proud he
is of what the organisation has achieved.
When I purchased Lindum in 2002, it was turning over about £30,000 a year; I
worked alone in the first year to get it off the ground. This financial year, turnover
stands at nearly £1,000,000. We now employ 14 staff installing and maintaining
fire alarms, extinguishers, emergency lighting and carrying out staff and
engineering training. The buildings we service range from tower and office blocks,
hospitals, prison workshops and shops to nurseries, garages, schools and hotels.
Within a few years of my acquisition of Lindum, we had gained a BSI Kitemark for
fire alarm systems and shortly after acquired third-party accreditation through the
BAFE SP203 scheme. I am extremely proud that in the 15 years we have held the
Kitemark on our yearly audits, we have not once had a single non-conformance.
Training – an instrumental part of the business
I pride myself on being able to act if I feel something is not fit for purpose, as
was the case with the fire safety training, which we carry out routinely for clients.
FACTS ABOUT
LINDUM FIRE SERVICES
»Managing Director:
TomBrookes
»Founded in 1992
»Based in Lincoln
»Services: Fire safety equipment
supply and installation as well
as training
»No. of employees: 14
»Tom is the chairman of the
Fire & Security Association,
and sits on working groups
that report to Dame Judith
Hackett regarding the Grenfell
Tower tragedy
Lindum Fire Services
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AEROSPACE, DEFENCE & SECURITY
Lindum employees used to train people
to handle fire extinguishers simply by
using them on the nearest piece of
convenient lawn.
I, however, felt this provided an
inadequate sense of what it was like
to tackle a real fire. We consequently
designed a device and had it built
by a metal worker that produced
a realistic fire and a much better
learningexperience.
Our fire safety training “trailer”,
designed and built in-house, has been
used to train about 11,000 people
nationwide since 2004.
Another growing area of our
operations is the industry training of
fire alarm engineers; we carry this
out for numerous major fire alarm
companies. Since 2017, we have
trained nearly 1,000 engineers, and
our work has been instrumental
in creating a brand-new fire alarm
qualification through EAL.
We have also constructed a new
training facility in Lincoln, where new
engineers can not only learn the theory
but also receive practical, hands-on
training. We have just gained EAL-
approved centre status this year, which
will make us the first recognised centre
that offers the brand-new level 3
qualification.
Standards, associations and
accreditations
As a member of the Fire & Security
Association, I feel that our leadership
in the field has been outstanding.
We are widely acknowledged as
an industry thought leader and
proactively want to promote changes
in regulation that will inevitably
follow the enquiry into the Grenfell
Towerdisaster.
Since 2006, I have personally been
a member of seven BSI technical
committees for fire alarm systems and
have taken part in the writing of BS
5839-1. I have used a combination
of cajoling, straight talking and
sheer persistence on national safety
committees to drive through much-
needed improvements to regulations.
Installation of the
aspirating fire system
I feel that our
leadership in
the field has
been
outstanding
BEST PRACTICE REPRESENTATIVE 2019
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
32 | LINDUM FIRE SERVICES
Managing Director TomBrookes
Installing high-tech systems
at airports
Lindum Fire Services Ltd was founded in 1992 in the city of
Lincoln to provide a full suite of fire services to contractors
and developers alike. It operates across the UK, delivering
everything from fire safety training through to the supply,
installation and maintenance of high-quality fire equipment.
Now one of the largest privately owned fire companies in
Lincolnshire, Lindum Fire Services is led by Director Tom
Brookes, who tells
The Parliamentary Review
just how proud he
is of what the organisation has achieved.
When I purchased Lindum in 2002, it was turning over about £30,000 a year; I
worked alone in the first year to get it off the ground. This financial year, turnover
stands at nearly £1,000,000. We now employ 14 staff installing and maintaining
fire alarms, extinguishers, emergency lighting and carrying out staff and
engineering training. The buildings we service range from tower and office blocks,
hospitals, prison workshops and shops to nurseries, garages, schools and hotels.
Within a few years of my acquisition of Lindum, we had gained a BSI Kitemark for
fire alarm systems and shortly after acquired third-party accreditation through the
BAFE SP203 scheme. I am extremely proud that in the 15 years we have held the
Kitemark on our yearly audits, we have not once had a single non-conformance.
Training – an instrumental part of the business
I pride myself on being able to act if I feel something is not fit for purpose, as
was the case with the fire safety training, which we carry out routinely for clients.
FACTS ABOUT
LINDUM FIRE SERVICES
»Managing Director:
TomBrookes
»Founded in 1992
»Based in Lincoln
»Services: Fire safety equipment
supply and installation as well
as training
»No. of employees: 14
»Tom is the chairman of the
Fire & Security Association,
and sits on working groups
that report to Dame Judith
Hackett regarding the Grenfell
Tower tragedy
Lindum Fire Services
33LINDUM FIRE SERVICES |
AEROSPACE, DEFENCE & SECURITY
Lindum employees used to train people
to handle fire extinguishers simply by
using them on the nearest piece of
convenient lawn.
I, however, felt this provided an
inadequate sense of what it was like
to tackle a real fire. We consequently
designed a device and had it built
by a metal worker that produced
a realistic fire and a much better
learningexperience.
Our fire safety training “trailer”,
designed and built in-house, has been
used to train about 11,000 people
nationwide since 2004.
Another growing area of our
operations is the industry training of
fire alarm engineers; we carry this
out for numerous major fire alarm
companies. Since 2017, we have
trained nearly 1,000 engineers, and
our work has been instrumental
in creating a brand-new fire alarm
qualification through EAL.
We have also constructed a new
training facility in Lincoln, where new
engineers can not only learn the theory
but also receive practical, hands-on
training. We have just gained EAL-
approved centre status this year, which
will make us the first recognised centre
that offers the brand-new level 3
qualification.
Standards, associations and
accreditations
As a member of the Fire & Security
Association, I feel that our leadership
in the field has been outstanding.
We are widely acknowledged as
an industry thought leader and
proactively want to promote changes
in regulation that will inevitably
follow the enquiry into the Grenfell
Towerdisaster.
Since 2006, I have personally been
a member of seven BSI technical
committees for fire alarm systems and
have taken part in the writing of BS
5839-1. I have used a combination
of cajoling, straight talking and
sheer persistence on national safety
committees to drive through much-
needed improvements to regulations.
Installation of the
aspirating fire system
I feel that our
leadership in
the field has
been
outstanding
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Promoting change – leading
the charge
I am further motivated by the
surprising fact that there is no formal
qualification for fire alarm engineers,
and, until recently, there were no
guidelines or requirements for baseline
education in the sector.
As such, we have pushed for some
impressive reforms on apprenticeship
training and BSI’s competency
definitions. I was also a key player
on the fire side of the new trailblazer
fire, emergency and security systems
apprenticeship, which now has full
government funding.
We are determined to make a change
to the frankly worrying lack of regard
for qualifications and are putting
enormous energy and commitment
into these efforts. My influence has
not been confined to committee work
alone; I am also actively involved in
improving training standards, writing
training manuals, giving fire safety
talks, teaching and inventing a new
suite of tools to this end.
Where the root of all the trouble
lies in the fire safety world
The government itself admits to
confusion in the way fire safety
regulations have been drawn up. The
Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order
2005 is the original source of all these
problems, as this is the first port of call
for fire safety guidance and advice.
It states that the person responsible
for premises must ensure appropriate
fire-fighting equipment, fire detectors
and alarms are in place and they must,
crucially, nominate competent people
to implement the measure. After the
Grenfell tragedy, Dame Judith Hackett
was tasked with reviewing the current
fire legislation and building regulation
and said in the report that “it is not fit
for purpose”.
She has also established response
groups to find a way of bringing
the fragmented industry together to
set a recognisable form for proof of
competency of staff members who
carry out work in commercial buildings.
I sit on two of these working groups
reporting back to Dame Judith: WG2
for installers and WG4 for fire risk
assessors. One of the major discoveries
of both groups has been somewhat
damning if unfortunately expected:
individuals are not always qualified to
the level they should be.
I maintain that it is absolutely necessary
not only to introduce well-designed
qualifications but also for regulations
to state that engineers must have
relevant and current training and
experience. I would also like to see
the implementation of a competent
person card scheme, such as the
Electrotechnical Certification Scheme,
which would make it easy to prove a
fire safety engineer’s credentials. It is
my intention to see these made into
legal requirements, and we fear that
there will be further tragedies if this is
not the case.
I have used a
combination
of cajoling,
straight
talking and
sheer
persistence on
national safety
committees to
drive through
much-needed
improvements
to regulations
Fire alarm engineer
training
35MINERVA FIRE & SECURITY |
AEROSPACE, DEFENCE & SECURITY
Operations Director JohnMoran
LCD keypads
Originally established as a security company, Minerva Fire
and Security have since diversified, and the fire arm
of the business now constitutes roughly 70 per cent
of the projects they undertake. They have been committed
to embracing technology to reduce the operating costs
for their end users since their establishment and they are
moving towards all of their products becoming cloud based,
thus helping to drive further cost reductions by removing
the possibility of any equipment becoming defunct during
upgrades. Operations Director John Moran explains this focus
on technology and the staffing problems they face.
The company was founded in 2005 with the intention of creating a smarter
working environment and to help clients to reduce their operating costs. Originally
focused on security, we embraced technology to deliver products and systems
which would cut costs. For instance, more advanced technological systems can lead
to a reduction in the amount of physical guarding – often a huge cost. We have
since diversified our provision, adding to our original purpose. During the recession,
we decided to move into the fire industry and began to train all of our staff in
the necessary regulations and practices. Our intention was to employ the same
principle, of using technology and a more sophisticated working environment, for
our fire safety arm. Whereas we used to be predominantly focused on the security
side of the business, fire has now become increasingly important and currently
makes up around 70 per cent of the projects we conduct.
FACTS ABOUT
MINERVA FIRE & SECURITY
»Operations Director:
JohnMoran
»Established in 2005
»Based in Essex
»Services: Security and fire
prevention
»No. of employees: 22
»www.minervafiresecurity.co.uk
Minerva Fire & Security

www.lindumfire.co.uk

This article was sponsored by Lindum Fire Services. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Michael Gove.

Rt Hon Michael Gove's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Michael Gove

This year's Parliamentary Review comes at a momentous time for parliament, as we collectively determine the destiny of the United Kingdom. 

On October 31, the UK will leave the European Union. The successful implementation of this process is this government's number-one priority.

Three years after a historic referendum vote, we will deliver on the decisive mandate from the British people. Trust in our democracy depends on it. Until that final hour, we will work determinedly and diligently to negotiate a deal, one that abolishes the backstop and upholds the warm and close relationship we share with our friends, allies and neighbours in the EU. But in the event that the EU refuses to meet us at the table, we must be prepared to leave without a deal.

As the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, it is my job to lead on this government's approach, should that scenario happen. Preparing for Brexit is my department's driving mission. But while I am leading this turbocharged effort, the whole of government is committed to this endeavour.

Ministers across Whitehall are working together to ensure that every possibility is considered, every plan is scrutinised and every provision is made. A daily drumbeat of meetings means that we are holding departments accountable, so that preparations are completed on time.

The chancellor has confirmed that all necessary funding will be made available. And we have mobilised thecivil service, assigning 15,000 of our most talented civil servants to manage our exit from the EU.

We will make sure that on November 1, there is as little disruption to national life as possible. Our trade relationships will continue to thrive, thanks to agreements with countries around the world worth £70 billion. Our country will remain secure, thanks to nearly 1,000 new officers posted at our borders. And the 3.2 million EU nationals now living and working among us can remain confident, with absolute certainty, of their right to remain in the UK.

Above all, our goal is to be transparent. Soon, we will launch a public information campaign so that citizens, communities and businesses are ready and reassured about what will happen in the event of “no deal”.

In my first few weeks in this role, I have travelled to ports and tarmacs, borders and bridges, all across the UK –from the seaside of Dover to the rolling green hills of County Armagh. I have heard from business owners and border officials, farmers and hauliers. They are ready to put an end to uncertainty. And they are ready to embrace the opportunities ahead.

Our departure from the EU will be a once in a lifetime chance to chart a new course for the United Kingdom. Preparing for that new course will be a herculean effort. But this country has made astounding efforts before. We can do it again.
Rt Hon Michael Gove
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster