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Shift in perspective on fire safety underlines GGF initiatives


Giles Willson, GGF Managing Director

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) continues to raise concerns based on feedback from companies in the glass and glazing industry, that all is not entirely well in the provision of fire safety measures in buildings.

On 5 January, Government announced that responsibility for fire prevention and rescue now moves to the Home Office. The change is said to “support a radical transformation of how the police, fire & rescue services work together.” From 1 April 2016 staff working on national fire policy will also transfer across from the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

The latest development follows an announcement on 11 September 2015 to possibly change the way police, fire & rescue, and ambulance services work together. These changes should enable police and crime commissioners to take on the duties and responsibilities of fire & rescue authorities where a local case is made, creating a single employer for police and fire. It is also suggested that the fire service can help lighten the load on stretched ambulance services by taking on more responsibility for first response medical emergencies.

The latest development follows an announcement on 11 September 2015 to possibly change the way police, fire & rescue, and ambulance services work together. These changes should enable police and crime commissioners to take on the duties and responsibilities of fire & rescue authorities where a local case is made, creating a single employer for police and fire. It is also suggested that the fire service can help lighten the load on stretched ambulance services by taking on more responsibility for first response medical emergencies.

Giles Willson, GGF Managing Director, commented, “Following the Government’s announcement we are naturally concerned there will be compromises made between Government departments with relation to fire safety in buildings. We have outlined the consequences for our industry on the GGF website homepage which we hope everyone responsible for fire safety in buildings will consider in view of the forthcoming changes.”

To read the full consequences for fire safety as identified by the GGF please visit the GGF website www.ggf.org.uk/news/shift_in_perspective_on_fire_underlines_ggf_initiatives

If you would like to contact the GGF regarding the GGF Fire Resistant Glazing Group please email info@ggf.org.uk.



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Glass and Glazing Federation(GGF)

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) is the primary trade association for companies that make, supply or fit flat glass and related products representing more than 60% of the industry’s turnover. As such the GGF is the recognised leading authority for employers and companies within the flat glass, glazing, window, home improvement, plastics and window film industries. This includes double glazing, Energy Efficient Windows, replacement windows, doors, conservatories, applied film, hardware, safety glazing, sealants, fire resistant glass, emergency glazing, decorative glass, secondary glazing, solar control and plastics.

The GGF provides information for homeowners, professional specifiers and anyone seeking professional and unbiased information on any aspect of glass and glazing in the UK. GGF members supply replacement windows, doors, conservatories and Energy Efficient Windows in all framing materials including Aluminium, PVC-U, Steel and Timber.

The GGF is a great promoter of energy efficient glazing and the GGF’s Carbon Calculator enables homeowners and others to see how much money and carbon can be saved by installing new Energy Efficient Windows.

Architects and Specifiers are well supported with a range of literature and professional advisors to assist with all aspects of specification and related issues. GGF Members sign up to the Federation's Code of Good Practice and are vetted before being accepted. A free conciliation service is provided for mediation between customers and supplying member companies when required.

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