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UKTFA calls for enforced communication between contractors and fire brigades

The chairman of the UK Timber Frame Association had called for legislation to improve fire safety on site by requiring contractors to declare their method of construction to fire brigades.

Speaking at a London Assembly Planning and Housing Committee meeting on fire safety yesterday, Geoff Arnold said: “There is a mechanism for the contractor to inform the fire authorities of a site under construction but that not necessarily to notify that it is timber frame and I think that would be a positive change for legislation.”

Local Authority Building Control chief executive Paul Everall echoed the UKTFA’s calls to improve the lines of communication between the fire services and contractors.

He said: “When a building regulations application is made, you should know at that stage what the method of construction is going to be. Under the law the building control body must consult the fire brigade on a building regulations application and at that stage it will be possible to highlight that it is a timber frame construction.”

He added that the LABC is currently working with the Chief Fire Officers Association about improving notifications of timber frame construction.