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Multiple Types of Property

Fire Risk Assessments in Multiple Types of Property

Active Fire Management carries out fire risk assessments in a huge variety of premises throughout the country, but February saw the team carry out assessments in a property type new to its portfolio.  London Borough of Lambeth engaged the services of Active Fire Management to carry out fire risk assessments in two crematoria.  The assessments covered the entire premises including areas for the public attending cremation services and buildings housing the cremators, charging rooms where coffins are loaded as well as remembrance areas and chapels, waiting rooms and other public facilities.  Our Senior Fire Consultant said “ we did find some issues with a long single direction of travel distance for the works in the crematoria which were able to overcome by recommending a fire alarm system to provide an early warning of fire to the workers”.

Other risk assessments carried out by the company this month were very varied and included a hotel in East Sussex, a law firms offices as well as a number of other office premises across London and a number of housing associations across London, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Essex and West Sussex.

Coffee Anyone?

These may be frequently uttered words at the headquarters of Active Fire Management but this month saw another new customer arrive when we welcomed Snobfood to our operation who engaged our services to carry out fire risk assessments within four of the “Napket” outlets all located in the city of London.  Napket are a range of café/bistro restaurants - as well as providing those services, Napket also provide delivery and catering services for functions and events as well as a very fine cup of coffee.  For more information visit  Active Fire Management will also be delivering a tailored Fire Marshal/Responsible Person Training Course for a number of Snobfood’s managers next month.  Company Director, Kerry Lawrence, said “we are proud to welcome Snobfood as a new customer to our operation and we are delighted to be able to assist with both the training needs as well as the risk assessments needs of the customer.  Our professional, friendly approach and reliable customer services means that we see more and more of our customers utilising multiple services available from us”.

Residential Care Home

Residential Care Home Staff Fire Training

A warm welcome to Watermoor House this month as we extend our training services to this beautiful Residential Home for frail older people. Situated in the heart of the busy market town of Cirencester, in the South Cotswolds area, Active Fire Management spent two days on site delivering a range of training courses.  Watermoor House aims to provide a homely and caring environment in which residents are encouraged to maintain their independence, and to continue to make their own decisions about how they wish to live their lives and as such, as well as providing basic fire safety training and fire marshal training to Watermoor House’s staff, a special two hour course was also delivered directly to all 38 of the Residential Homes residents.

Nursery School Fire Training

Paint Pots – a Montessori Nursery School in London awarded Active Fire Management a training contract to provide Fire Safety Training to their school staff. The one day course was delivered at the end of this by fully qualified instructors and the course was customised to meet the exact requirements of the customer whilst embracing the needs of the recommended practises for fire safety training. The course was delivered in central London. Fire safety training continues to be an essential risk management tool for organisations who handle their health and safety policies with training from professional organisations such as AFM. For further information visit In the mid-80s, after several years of training as a young entrepreneur, Georgina Hood founded Paint Pots Montessori Nursery School in Bayswater and Paint Pots House, Creative Classes. The initial success of this school and Paint Pots House led to the development of The Paint Pots Montessori Nursery Schools and family. Chelsea Paint Pots was established in 1995 and Hyde Park Paint Pots followed in 2004.

Survey in Airport Terminal

Fire Signage Survey in Airport Terminal Building

Active Fire Management’s consultancy services were utilised by Bristol Airport when the company was contracted to carry out a fire signage airport within the airport’s busy terminal building.  Similar works are planned for July 2011 when the team will audit the signage installed in Bristol Airport’s administration building.

Over 528,000 passengers passed through Bristol Airport during May 2011 with over 6,000 aircraft movements making Bristol the 9th busiest airport in the country.

Hotel Fire Risk Assessment

Hotel Fire Risk Assessment and Consultancy Advice

Active Fire Management’s consultancy services were called upon this month to assist a hotel in Brighton who were acting upon recommendations made by their Local Authority Inspecting Officer.  One of the recommendations was to ensure that a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment was carried out as the existing fire risk assessment for the premises had been deemed inadequate.  As an added service, a Fire Safety Policy was also provided to the hotel including operational arrangements, staff duties and responsibilities, fire instructions, evacuation, fire prevention, fire equipment and fire training arrangements to ensure that the hotel and its employees remain compliant with the relevant statutory requirements and guidance documents in future.

Company Director Kerry Lawrence said “We were very pleased to have been able to react so quickly to this customer’s needs as we provided the fire risk assessment on the same day.  Many businesses come to us with similar requests and we can always ensure peace of mind that our fire risk assessments will meet with Local Authority requirements”.

Numerous other fire risk assessments have also been carried out this month for a number of Housing Association premises and also within a large, five storey premises of mixed use including retail, entertainment, offices and sleeping accommodation.