Hydrock launches nuclear and industrial fire safety business

Nuclear Safety

27th September, 2019

Hydrock has expanded its fire safety business into the nuclear and high hazard sector with a team led by experienced professional, Jason Hill, a former chair of the Nuclear Industry Fire Safety Coordinating Committee (NIFSCC) and present Chair of a key special interest group within the Institution of Fire Engineers.

This new team within Hydrock’s existing fire safety business division will advise on fire safety management at nuclear, oil and gas, and large waste recycling facilities, all of which present an enhanced level of risk from any outbreak of fire on their premises.

This specialist team is led by Jason Hill who joined Hydrock earlier in 2019 from Horizon Nuclear Power.

Jason, a Chartered Engineer, is a Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers (FIFireE) and chairs the Institution of Fire Engineers Special Interest Group, Industrial Fire & Risk. He is also the former chair, and an active member of the Nuclear Industry Fire Safety Co-ordinating Committee, a forum that enables nuclear facility licensees an opportunity to discuss how to continue to improve fire safety and fire engineering in the sector.

The team also includes Dr Rui Sun and Dr Shuyuan Lin who have particular experience in high hazard sectors, analysing and assessing the impacts that fire and smoke can have on structures and the wider human population.

Speaking about the expansion of Hydrock’s fire safety capability, national lead, Kevin McKeown said: “Led by Jason Hill, an internationally-renowned expert on fire safety and fire engineering in the high hazard sector, we are now well-positioned to launch this expansion of our fire safety business.

“This new capability sits perfectly alongside Hydrock’s well-established nuclear consultancy business which shapes safety and environmental standards for the nuclear sector across the full life-cycle, from new build to decommissioning and the safe disposal of radioactive waste.”

Commenting on the high hazard sector, Jason Hill says: “Given the size and the remoteness of facilities in this sector, attention to fire safety management strategies is quite rightly at a heightened level.

“In addition to modelling and analysis, our work with clients always centres on education, process and procedure. Getting these things right is critical to creating a safe environment.”

Hydrock’s national fire safety engineering business encompasses three teams: a fire engineering team designing safety strategies and solutions for new, refurbished and existing buildings; a fire risk management team conducting assessments on multi-site property portfolios; and the newly launched nuclear and industrial fire safety team. The overall team has resource in London, Manchester, Glasgow, Cardiff and Bristol.