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Association News: Regional News

North West AGM & CPD

14 February 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jordan Sutton
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C-TEC in Wigan kindly hosted this year’s North West Regional AGM, where delegates were pleased to learn that our Chair, Christine Leigh, has been re-elected for another term of office.

When setting out her intentions for the next 12 months, Christine encouraged members to consider joining the committee and contribute to the Region’s continuing success.


Paul Comben, CABE’s Business Development Director, briefed members on recent Engineering Council developments, the planned HQ building improvements, our new website and the new-look journal. Paul also stressed the importance of maintaining our Association’s minimum CPD requirements, explaining how the CABE Webinar Wednesday programme and other technical events were specifically designed to keep members up-to-date on current construction-related issues.

After the formalities, Andrew Scott representing C-TEC and James Foster from Solid State jointly presented a seminar and a simulated fire detection and alarm demonstration. Andrew highlighted the benefits of using his company’s products and services to ensure compliance with BS 5839 Part 6 2019, and to deliver a safe fire safety environment in residential accommodation.


James emphasised that regular maintenance was vital for any fire detection / alarm installation and reminded members of the fire risks associated with the increased use of solar panels and invertors, especially when they are combined with roof spaces that have no access panels.


Fully addressable, domestic optical, programmable heat and C-TEC’s multi-sensor detectors (incorporating heat and smoke sensors which are less prone to false alarms) for use in a variety of dwellings were described. A brief demonstration of the actions following the activation of a sensor resulting in an evacuation voice message, caused a discussion about the lessons to be learned from Grenfell Tower regarding the stay-put advice as opposed to a managed partial, or full evacuation, of any high-rise residential accommodation.


It was a most interesting and informative evening, which was well received by over 30 members.

David Phythian