Retrospective Fire Strategy
A fire strategy document is particularly useful for setting out the design basis of the premises in respect of fire.
A fire strategy will show compliance with Building Regulations; mainly means of warning and escape, internal fire spread (linings), internal fire spread (structure), external fire spread and escape, access and facilities for the fire service.
A fire strategy may be carried out for existing buildings which will allow the landlord, fire risk assessor and other interested parties to view the manner in which a building is constructed, the assumptions which have been made, the precautions and how these complement rather than work against one another.
What are the benefits?
A fire strategy will provide clear definition of the active and passive fire protection arrangements, in addition to meeting the requirement for the building to be managed safely.
The fire strategy forms an essential basis on which to conduct the fire risk assessment.
The primary aim of the retrospective fire strategy is to manage, plan and co-ordinate appropriate fire safety procedures to reduce the risks of fire, thus ensuring the safety of the occupants.
How can the S2 Partnership help?
We produce fire strategies for commercial buildings that are in existence (commonly known as retrospective fire strategies), but we do not carry these out for buildings that are yet to be built.
The S2 Partnership has a team of highly-experienced Fire Safety consultants who can prepare and design fire strategies for a range of buildings to show compliance with Building Regulations.
Our fire consultant will attend site and assess the available fire safety management, prevention and protection information to produce a single retrospective fire strategy document based on The Building Regulations (Approved Document B) and reference to BS9999 . The Fire Strategy provides the level of detail required to satisfy the Building Authority that the building has protective strategies in place to ensure it can be occupied safely. This document will enable the landlord, fire assessor and other interested parties to understand the building construction and associated inherent fire safety precautions and how these elements interacts.
NOTE: If the consultant deems additional work is required, that extends beyond the agreed template criteria (e.g. smoke calculations, fire drawings etc) the Consultant must clearly raise and agree with the FM. Best practice is to include a full technical Cause and Effect Matrix for all fire systems within the fire strategy but if one is not available, the assessor will complete a Cause and Effect Summary.
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