current firestop challenges
With an influx of fire-stopping work following the Grenfell fire tragedy, competent fire stoppers are in short supply which has impacted the fire industry as a whole. It is crucial to provide adequate training, knowledge and experience to ensure systems are suitably specified and correctly installed by those working for CLC. On top of this, clients also need to be educated to understand the potential ramifications of their decisions when procuring works and the pros and cons of full door set replacements compared to part repairs only.
At CLC, in addition to FIRAs and ASFP accreditations, they work closely with partners at Hilti to ensure their teams are up to speed with products and installation training. They also have access to Hilti’s technical staff who provide engineering judgments where bespoke non-standard solutions are required.
The impact of not correctly specifying, installing and using fire-stopping products is quite clear to see. A significant compromise in the effectiveness of any work done in the building results in a higher likelihood of fire spreading more quickly from section to section. This, in turn, puts more lives at risk and heightens the potential of the building being more badly damaged, subsequently increasing the loss to the property owner.