• Code of Practice for Community Dwelling Houses
  • HIQA – A quality improvement approach to fire safety for residents in centres for older people and people with disabilities
  • Lifts Usage Considerations in Health Care Buildings in the event of Fire and/or Evacuation
  • Tackling Complacency when an Evacuation Plan is activated

A one-day conference

Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan

Date: 23rd May 2019

We at CMG Events are proud to announce details of our annual one-day Fire Safety In Healthcare Services Conference 2019. This year’s conference will explore new legislation and developments in the area of healthcare fire safety management. Our expert speaker panel will review the new code of practice in relation to Community Dwellings. Also, evacuation strategies and information to be aware of when implementing and managing evacuation situations in healthcare facilities will be discussed. There will also be two new workshops added to the programme to give delegates practical exercises to help improve your organisations fire safety management going forward.

The day is aimed at those who occupy a role in fire safety whether at a basic or high level within the healthcare centre they work. It would be of significant interest to those responsible for the implementation of fire safety in hospitals, nursing homes, primary care centres, rehabilitation clinics, respite care and day care facilities to name just a few

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Registration with tea, coffee and pastries


Conference Chairperson & Opening Remarks

Brendan Kavanagh, Chartered Fire Safety Practitioner & Fire Scientist, Practicing Professional Fire Prevention Officer, Fire Safety Inspector, Fire Surveyor and Independent Verifier


Code of Practice for Community Dwelling Houses

  • The Background to the development of the code
  • The  definition  of a  Community Dwelling House
  • TGD B Vol 2 2017 – provisions
  • The  fire safety provisions
  • BI-B5
  • Management provisions

Speaker: Chris Barry, Housing Inspector, National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management, Department Housing Planning and local government


HIQA – A quality improvement approach to fire safety for residents in centres for older people and people with disabilities

  • Ensuring compliance and striving towards quality improvement
  • Governance and Management of Fire Safety
  • Risk Identification and Management
  • Staff knowledge of fire risk, fire prevention, procedures and emergency evacuation
  • Recognition of diverse needs of residents in fire safety planning

Speaker: Niall Whelton – Inspector of Estates and Fire Safety, HIQA


Workshop – How to Demonstrate Compliance – Fire Safety Inspections – Meeting the Requirements

Speaker: Paddy McDonnell, C.Eng., C.IIE., G.IFire.E., Grad.IOSH., M.NFPA., M.IITD., H.Dip. SHWW.


Q&A Session


Coffee break and chance to network


Lifts Usage Considerations in Health Care Buildings in the event of Fire and/or Evacuation

  • Behaviour Lifts in the event of Fire in General
  • What is a Fire Fighters Lift / What is an Evacuation Lift
  • Development of a Fire and/or Evacuation Plan incorporating Lifts
  • Management of Evacuation when using Lifts
  • Lift considerations for developing a Fire or Evacuation Plan
    • Compartmentalisation
    • Refuge Spaces and Holding Areas
    • Type & Capacity  of Lifts to be considered
      • Bed Patients
      • Persons with impaired mobility
    • No. of Lifts required for an Evacuation of a Health Care Building
  • Applicable Regulations, Guidance Documents and Standards

Speaker: Max Guijt, Senior Lift & Escalator Consultant


Workshop – Healthcare Fire safety Risk assessment – Resilient Challenges in Healthcare

  • Relevance
  • Complexity of Assessment
  • Strategic Approach
  • Design and Planning
  • Utility Engineering
  • Assurance through Testing and Exercising

Hosted by: Brendan Kavanagh


Q+A Session


Lunch and chance to network


Tackling Complacency when an Evacuation Plan is activated

  • Goals for managers, contractors and visitors to develop a culture of promoting fire safety
  • Phases of evacuation and timing explored
  • The impact of complacency
  • Group work – measures to combat complacency

Speaker: Mr Ray Murray, Fire and Safety Officer in Oberstown Children Detention Centre


Workshop – Principles of Healthcare Fire Safety Patient Evacuation Strategies

  • Immediate actions by Person’s in control
  • Means of Escape
  • Fire arm and Warning arrangements
  • Escape lighting and Signage
  • Range of Patient Evacuation resources
  • Assurance through Testing and Exercising

Hosted by: Brendan Kavanagh


Q&A Session


Conference close

Brendan Kavanagh

Brendan Kavanagh

Chartered Fire Safety Practitioner & Fire Scientist, Practicing Professional Fire Prevention Officer, Fire Safety Inspector, Fire Surveyor and Independent Verifier

Practicing Professional Fire Prevention Officer, Fire Safety Inspector, Fire Surveyor and Independent Verifier.

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Best Practice Facilitator and Fire Safety Management Specialist Adviser. Preliminary  Examination of  the Institution of  Fire Engineers (12th March 1977) with MCR Graduate Membership  awarded (30th November 2009). Forty  One Years continuous Membership of the Institution of Fire Engineers (1976 – 2017). Membership of the Association of Irish Risk Management (1999) and Elected  Chairman (Term 2001- 2003). Membership of the National Standards Authority of  Ireland Fire  Safety Standards Consultative Committee (1987) and Chairman of Advisory Group 3. Professional Membership Number 106 (5th January 1993) of  The Confederation of Fire Protection Association Europe (CFPA – Europe). Professional  Membership of the Institution of Incorporated Executive Engineers Membership Number A29381(1994). Register of  Safety Practitioners Number 1934 (20th June 1995) and Chartered Membership of the Institution of  Occupational Safety and Health 17th November 2005. Appointed Lecturer Trinity College The University of Dublin Department  of  Civil,Structural and Environmental Engineering (2012 – 2017). January 2015 Appointed Visiting Specialist Lecturer Fire Service Training  College U.K. & N.I. Morton in the Marsh. Accredited Joiff Fire Safety Management (“Responsible Person”) and Fire Safety (“Competent Person”). Fire Safety Management and Hydraulic Fire Engineering Workshop Director and Tutor (2014-2017). Construction Site Fire Safety, Gas Safety activities incorporating Hot Works Permit approval in accordance with Irish & European Standards and World Class Best Practice Techniques (2016-2017).

Chris Barry

Chris Barry, B.Sc. M.Sc. Pg. Dip.

Housing Inspector, Department of Housing, Planning and local government, National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management

Chris Barry (B.Sc.(Hons) Const. Management (1ST.), M.Sc. Project Management, P.Grad. Diploma Fire Safety Practice, H.N.C.  Const. Studies) is currently an Inspector in the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management within the Department of Environment Community and Local Government.

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Chris is also chair of the review steering group for the Review of Technical Guidance Document Part B, and the department representative on of various National/ E.U. technical committees. Chris also sits on numerous Fire Safety Committees within N.S.A.I. and the Fire Sub Group for the European Org. for Technical Assessment (E.O.T.A.).
Previous to this, Chris was a housing inspector from with the Department of Environment in the Architecture and Building Standards Division. Chris has also worked as a Facilities Manager for Limerick County Council and with the Dublin City Council Architects Department.

Max Guijt

Max Guijt

Senior Lift & Escalator Consultant

Max has 20 years’ experience as a Maritime Engineer with the Dutch Navy before pursuing a career in the lift industry in 2000.

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Prior to making the move to ThyssenKrupp Elevator Ireland in 2004 he was regional manager for the Amsterdam area with ThyssenKrupp Elevator Netherlands.

In 2005 he was headhunted by one of the leading lift & escalator consultancy firms in Europe and headed up the Irish operation before starting his own consultancy firm at the beginning of 2011.

Max has a specialist knowledge in legislation and regulations relating to lifts and escalators and furthermore has in depth knowledge of the European Lift & Escalator industry.

S.E.E.C. Ltd has offices in Ireland, UK and France and is currently active in 13 European countries, North Africa and the USA.

Niall Whelton

Niall Whelton

Fire & Estates Inspector, HIQA

Niall Whelton (B.SC (Hons) Architectural Technology) is currently an Inspector of Fire and Estates within the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA).

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He is part of a team of inspectors with responsibility for the regulation of adult social care services including services for older persons and people with disabilities. Before joining the Authority, Niall worked as a Fire Prevention and Building Control Officer with Cork County Fire and Building Control Authority for eight years, enforcing fire safety and building control legislation.

Ray Murray

Ray Murray

Fire and Safety Officer in Oberstown Children Detention Centre

Ray is an engineer with a degree in Occupational Health and Safety, and a Post Grad Diploma in Fire Safety in the Built Environment.

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He is a Corporate Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (CMOSH) and a committee member of the IOSH Fire Risk Management Section in Ireland. 

Ray has worked in both the private and public sector for over 30 years, managing various building projects from design stage, through construction phase and to final completion stage on behalf of the client. 

Currently Ray specialises in working with owners and occupiers in understanding their roles and responsibilities in Fire Safety Management.


Apex Fire Ltd is a wholly Irish owned Company specializing in Fire Detection, Protection & Fire Training, coupled with a registered quality system to BS EN ISO 9001: 2015.

Apex Fire’s main products includes Portable and mobile fire extinguishers, fire hose reels, layflats hoses, Landing Valves, key & bar, standpipes & other Fire Brigade equipment.

Apex Fire also have a Fire Alarm Systems Division involving the installation, commissioning & servicing of Fire Alarm Detection Systems to IS 3218: 2013 & Emergency Lighting to IS 3217: 2013.

Other Apex Fire Services include Fire & Safety Training, Manual Handling, Hydrant/Riser Testing, Hose Reel Testing/Installation, Fire Brigade Equipment, Fixed Suppression systems, First Aid Supplies/Training and Portable Fire Extinguishers Selection, Commissioning, Service and Maintenance to I.S. 291:2015 and also mobile units.

See our One Plan on our website www.apexfire.ie for full details. Alternatively contact us on our Lo Call Number 1850 929 829 for further information.

Safegard SystemsSafegard Systems design and supply systems to protect healthcare buildings and their occupants in the event of fire. Solutions are designed and supplied with the user in mind, providing innovative approaches that offer simple means of installation, operation and maintenance.

To lessen the risk of infections and to reduce staff costs, healthcare facilities are urged to place fire/smoke dampers in locations that allow easy access and to opt for systems that facilitate the remote testing of dampers.

For more information, visit www.safegard.ie.

This conference will be of great interest to all healthcare service providers, healthcare estates managers, health & safety managers, regulators, design and build professionals, Fire Engineers, Researchers, Fire Consultants, Product Manufacturers, Distributors, Local authorities, Fire Station Chiefs and senior management and Planning Executives to name just a few.

There will be 5 structured CPD points awarded to all attendees at this conference from the CPD certification service

Talbot Hotel (Formerly Stillorgan Park Hotel)

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Please note the early bird discount can close sooner than expected once a certain amount of seats fill up, therefore your prompt booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment

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The rate to attend includes morning tea/coffee and refreshments on arrival at registration, mid-morning tea/coffee and pastries and buffet lunch. You will receive the speakers PowerPoint presentations within 24 hours after the event. 

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