As more and more technical considerations are required to manage and quantify the level of fire risk presented within buildings, there is an increasing demand for consultancies like ours to undertake fire strategies. Following client requests, we have produced our latest Briefing Note on the subject.
A fire strategy is the way in which fire safety objectives for a new, altered or existing building are defined and achieved. For new and altered buildings, the fire strategy is usually developed during the design phase of the project.
If the building is already operational, then a fire strategy can be written in order to review the existing fire safety provisions that have been provided for protecting life safety and provide a basis to inform the fire risk assessment process.
A fire strategy could apply to the whole of the building or to a particular part, such as:
- an area where there are extended travel distances;
- specific fire safety systems, such as the provision of an enhanced level of automatic fire detection; or
- a hazard introduced into the building, such as additional retail merchandising units in shopping centres.
In larger modern buildings, it is possible that a fire strategy will have been prepared, and therefore this will need to be referenced as part of the fire risk assessment process. Furthermore, the fire strategy will also need to be reviewed to ensure that the building still complies with that strategy and any alterations have been considered.