NFCC Sprinkler & AWSS Lead

Terry McDermott has led the CFOA and NFCC work on sprinklers for several years and achieved a great deal throughout. Many of you will be aware that Terry retires later this year, so an opportunity has arisen to lead this NFCC workstream reporting to the NFCC Protection and Business Safety Committee.

This is an exciting opportunity as the landscape of building regulations, and sprinklers and AWSS as a part of that, is potentially on the cusp of a once-in-a-career shift after the Grenfell fire and Government’s Building Safety Programme that is informed by Dame Judith Hackitt’s review.

The role involves:

  • maintaining and developing networks between fire and rescue services and other external groups
  • driving initiatives to support the wider use of sprinklers
  • educating on the operation of sprinklers
  • providing evidence to support and lobby for amendments to building regulations and associated guidance

This important lead role will need to engage with a range of interested parties including, installers, manufacturers, insurers, engineers, fire protection specialists, National Fire Sprinkler Network, CFOs and NFCC, civil servants and politicians.

In recent years the focus on sprinklers has heightened and the reference has become more involved, and equally more rewarding. The media focus has increased so the lead will be the subject matter expert for NFCC for interviews on television, radio and in the press. The lead role will need to be comfortable in dealing with increased media interactions and be able to represent the NFCC in these arenas ensuring the discussion on sprinklers remains high profile.

Notwithstanding the above, there is no requirement to be a qualified fire protection specialist and would be suitable for a Brigade/Area Manager (or equivalent). The role is more about networking, co-ordinating, presenting and representing the position of the NFCC. The Chair and Vice Chairs of the NFCC Protection & Business safety Committee will work closely with the lead role as part of the wider NFCC team.

Terry and his colleagues have built a great foundation and a lot of work is already in place. The opportunity exists for the next NFCC lead to take this forward and secure a greater understanding and provision of sprinklers in the built environment. Terry doesn’t retire for a few months yet so there is plenty of time for a comprehensive handover period.

If you are interested in the role then please send an Expression of Interest of no more than 300 words, outlining the reason for your interest and any supporting comments to NFCCAdminsupport@nationalfirechiefs.org.uk

If you would like an informal discussion about the role then please contact Mark Hardingham mark.hardingham@suffolk.gov.uk  or Terry McDermott TMcDermott@Derbys-Fire.Gov.UK

Closing date for expressions of interest is midday 1st July 2019.