Hydrock has been welcomed to the Nuclear Industry Fire Safety Co-ordinating Committee (NIFSCC) and at their meeting last month, hosted by Heysham Power Station, Jason Hill from Hydrock led a competency assessment discussion and workshop on the subject of fire safety.
The objective of the NIFSCC is to act as the focal point for fire safety and fire service management within the nuclear industry. It’s a conduit for technical advice, information and support, encouraging the adoption of appropriate standards, reporting to the Nuclear Industry Safety Directors’ Forum and liaising with government, regulators and local authority fire and rescue services.
The committee meet twice a year at different UK industry locations to gain valuable access to facilities and fire safety educational material, enabling members of the nuclear industry to consider and debate fire safety and fire and rescue service management.
John Taylor, current NIFSCC Chair, in describing the body, said: “We provide the opportunity for licensees and members to discuss conventional fire protection and safety, fire engineering and firefighting within the nuclear context and environment. It provides the opportunity to discuss key events that have taken place within the industry, share learning and best practice and discuss pertinent issues affecting the industry with respect to fire.”
Examples of NIFSCC’s work include:
- Sharing of ‘what’s going well’, ‘what’s not going well’, ‘what to watch’ and ‘remedial actions’ by licensees which are referred to as 4 box models.
- Identification of common areas of improvement required across the industry, this is aided through ONR (Office for Nuclear Regulation) attendance helping to identify ‘joined up’ improvements across the industry as a whole.
- Shared learning of fire tests conducted at third party test facilities such as the BRE
John Taylor added: “The committee has developed over the past 59 years to include such matters as detailed review codes and standards, through funding Standards Secretary, and this ensures we are well represented on those committees, such as BSI FHS/14 (Fire Standards) with an aim to positively influence guidance with respect to the needs of the nuclear industry.”
The NIFSCC meeting in October was hosted by Heysham Power Station near Lancaster where John Taylor welcomed Hydrock to the committee, saying: “A standard agenda item is CPD (Continuous Professional Development) so consequently we are pleased to welcome Hydrock to our meetings in support of this initiative so we can utilise their fire engineering expertise.”
In the meeting, Jason Hill from Hydrock delivered a fire engineering/fire safety competency assessment discussion and workshop and provided the group with a take-away self-assessment exercise.
As host, Roger Millis (EDF) added: “We absolutely value the work of the NIFSCC and to host a meeting, especially at one of our sites such as Heysham, is an honour. We have two stations located here using advanced gas-cooled reactors (AGR). First operations commenced in 1983, and we are proud of our safety records here and delighted to have this opportunity to show the nuclear community our fire safety strategies as a benchmark for what we do, and as a way of sharing best practice.”
Jason Hill, who leads Hydrock’s specialist nuclear and industrial fire safety team, said: “To be invited to join this highly regarded and very specialist committee is a great honour for Hydrock. We look forward to working with all the committee members in the pursuit of the very highest standards of fire engineering and fire safety at nuclear sites across the UK.”