A one-day conference

Talbot Hotel (Formerly Stillorgan Park Hotel)

Date: 22nd November 2017

Sponsored by:

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Minister for housing Eoghan Murphy has requested that all local authorities urgently review multi-storey social housing units to ensure that early warning systems, including alarm and detection systems and means of escape including corridors, stairways and emergency exits are fully functional and in place.

CMG events typically sell out quickly, so prompt booking is strongly advised to secure your place at the early bird rate Save €100.00 – Early Bird Rate is €365.00 + VAT (Normal rate €465.00 + VAT)

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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6 Structured CPD Points

This conference will explore what exactly needs to be done to bring Irelands Apartment and flat complexes up to standard to avoid future tragedy; what local authorities and landlords need to do to ensure all buildings are compliant with regulations and hear of recent cases that are setting a precedent going forward.

Who should attend?

This event will be of real interest to all fire safety, build and design professionals including contractors, sub-contractors, engineers, architects, local authorities, semi-state agencies, government departments, manufacturers, suppliers, universities, health & safety managers and legal consultants to name just a few.

Full Day Programme 8.50am to 4pm


Brendan Kavanagh, Chartered Fire Safety Practitioner & Fire Scientist

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

Grenfell Tower Fire, London – Lessons Learned & what went wrong?

  • What cladding was used? Why had it such catastrophic affects and how can this be avoided in the future?
  • What other buildings in Ireland have this type of cladding and what should be done to protect residents and building users?

Priory Hall

  • Key details of why residents were evacuated and how the issues where overcome
  • What other buildings in Ireland are a question of concern?

Local Authorities – Building Control Inspections

  • What needs to be done?
  • What resources are needed?
  • What needs to be in place for the future to make inspections mandatory and scheduled rather than a response to tragedy

Does High Rise Mean High Risk for Occupants and Fire Fighters?

Speaker: Kevin Hollingsworth, Managing Director, Omega Surveying

Fire Safety Compliance with Building Regulations

  • What key areas do most buildings fall down on? Lessons Learned
  • Standards you must comply with
  • Do we need to do away with self certification?
  • Non-compliance with the approved fire safety certs
  • The new part B from DOE

Speaker: Conall Finn, Chief Operations Officer, i3PT

Construction Materials & Fire Safety

  • Why Insulation materials have come under a spotlight as a result of Grenfell
  • How the definition of limited combustibility is no longer useful
  • Why synthetic foam and fibre insulation materials have health and pollution problems
  • Alternative non-combustible solutions
  • Case study on a building using alternative materials in Dublin 

Speaker: Dr. Tom Woolley  (Professor)

The Practicalities & Challenges of carrying out extensive fire safety remedial works in Multi Unit Developments

  • Advising the Board of the OMC on Fire Safety
  • Instruction of professionals (Solicitor, Fire Consultant, Building Surveyor)
  • Agreeing the scope of Fire Safety Audit (FSA)
  • Consequences of FSA – Notifying insurers, fire officer, potential purchasers
  • Meetings to inform all owners
  • Levies and financing
  • Organising access to all apartments
  • Remedial works
  • Completion and certification of project

Speaker: John McKone, Chartered Surveyor, Wyse Property Management


  • Recent Breaches in compartmentation of common areas explored
  • What to look out for on inspections

Fire Safety Risk Assessment;

  • Why carry out a fire safety risk assessments?
  • What are the different types of fire safety risk assessment?
  • Common misconceptions about fire safety risk assessments – key areas most fire safety risk assessments fail on?
  • What resources will you need?
  • What to look out for when completing a fire safety risk assessment.
  • Factors influencing the likelihood of a fire – structural, management, services.

Speaker: Paddy McDonnell Dir., Fire Safety Consultant., PIIE (Corporate)., Phoenix STS Ltd

Escape routes – means of escape explored

  • Engaging with residents on best practice – ensuring all are in communication – builder, developer, landlord, management agency, residents

Evacuation Strategies Explored

  • Tried and tested strategies that work

Fire detection and Emergency Lighting systems

  • Explanation of the requirement of IS 3217 – Emergency Lighting
  • Explanation of the requirement of IS 3218 – Fire Alarm
  • Common downfalls in systems installed during the boom
  • What’s new to the market revolutionising detection systems of the future

Speaker: Joe Rooney, Managing Director of Proteus Consulting Engineers

Common pitfalls in design and management

  • Interpretation of Doc B and related standards
  • Management Failures post build
  • Keeping up with modern methods and materials
  • Relevant tests
  • When will we ever learn?

Speaker: Sean Coleman, Senior risk consultant

There will be 6 structured CPD points awarded to all attendees at this conference from the CPD certification service

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).

Paddy McDonnell

Paddy McDonnell

Technical Director, Phoenix Safety Training Services

Paddy has over 20 years experience in Fire Engineering and 13 in Occupational Safety and Health.

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From 2000 until his retirement from the Department of Defence in 2010 he was a senior lecturer at the School of Military Engineering in the Irish Defence Forces Training Centre, lecturing on fire safety both operational and prevention, breathing apparatus, and road accident rescue.

He is a fire safety consultant with Phoenix STS Ltd. where he specialises in fire safety and emergency management within healthcare. He is a specialist adviser on healthcare fire safety training programs, pre- fire planning, and evacuation strategies.

Paddy is a Corporate Member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, a Graduate member of the Institution of Fire Engineers and of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health. He is also a Member of the National Association of Healthcare Fire Officers, National Fire Protection Association, Irish Institute of Training & Development and holds a level 8 qualification under National Framework of Qualifications in Occupational Safety and Health.

Sean ColemanSean Coleman

Senior Risk Consultant, Coleman Risk Consulting

Sean Coleman is the owner of Coleman Risk consulting.

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Sean has more than 35 years’ experience as a Risk Management Practitioner with experience across a very broad range of organisations and disciplines. He has worked with a number of Insurers and was Risk Consulting Practice Leader for Marsh in Ireland up until 2012. Sean has worked with a diverse range of clients (From Online Gaming to Government Enforcement Agencies) in the implementation of Risk Management systems.

John McKoneJohn McKone

Chartered Surveyor, Wyse Property Management

John McKone is a Chartered Surveyor and Senior Property Manager at Wyse Property Management.

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He has 20 years experience in the management of Multi Unit Developments with a special interest in fire safety. He was a member of the IPFMA Residential Sub-Committee that played a key role in the introduction of the MUD Act 2011. He also served on the National Consumer Agency Forum on MUDs and is currently a member of the SCSI Residential Sub-Committee.

Conall Finn

Conall Finn

Chief Operations Officer, i3PT Certification

Chief Operations Officer and Assigned Certifier with i3PT Cortication, a multi-disciplinary assigned certification body.

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He is a Chartered Engineer with a mechanical and fire background and he coordinates and lectures in the courses Institution of Fire Engineers. He also chairs the Engineers Ireland Project Management Society. He is currently working as the Assigned Certifer on a number of Large-scale commercial and residential development projects.


Safegard Systems

Safegard Systems, established in 1994, is an Irish Company specialising in Smoke/Fire Dampers and Damper Control & Monitoring Systems. With our experience and range of market leading products, we offer the complete solution to achieving smoke/fire containment/extraction in HVAC systems for offices, hospitals, hotels, schools, apartments, shopping centres etc. Safegard Systems offer our experience and knowledge in the form of design advice, product selection, product supply, commissioning and final system certification.

For more information, visit www.safegard.ie/safegard-systems/

Vision Radio Fire

Vision Radio Fire

VRF is Ireland’s leading supplier of wireless and hybrid fire detection solutions, ranging from temporary coverage on building sites to protecting sensitive heritage projects. We deliver fully wireless, hybrid conventional and hybrid addressable radio based solutions.

From single panel systems, to multi panel networks with 1000+ devices. Our solutions and products are designed to comply with and in many cases exceed I.S. 3218 (2013) and EN54 – part 25.


Kingspan Insulated Panels

Kingspan Insulated Panels has established a leading position for the manufacture and supply of factory pre-engineered insulated roof and wall systems. Their LPCB and FM approved insulated panel systems are used extensively in most building sectors. The Department of Education & Science has chosen Kingzip as one of the approved specifications for the Generic Repeat Design (GRD) program.

Recently Kingspan introduced a revolutionary hybrid foam technology. This new QuadCore insulation builds on over 40 years experience on product development, resulting in an Insulated Panel with 20% enhanced thermal performance and a thermal and structural warranty of up to 40 years.   

To find out more, call +353 (0) 42 9698500, or visit our website at  www.kingspanpanels.ie

Talbot Hotel (Formerly Stillorgan Park Hotel)

EARLY BIRD RATE €365 + VAT per Person – (Closing Friday 29th September) Normal Rate @ €465 + VAT.

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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  • 15% discount for the third delegate booked or subsequent bookings thereafter from the same company.

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

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