BAFSA marks its 50th anniversary with celebrations and reflections on advancements in fire safety


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British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association commemorates half a century of dedication to fire safety

On 5th February 1974, the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association (BAFSA) held its very first meeting, marking the beginning of a 50-year journey dedicated to enhancing fire safety.

This significant milestone is celebrated by the association, which has been at the forefront of advocating for the widespread adoption of fire sprinklers in buildings across the UK.

Founding members and the journey

The association was founded by seven pioneering companies: AFA Minerva, (EMI) Ellis Fire Protection, Fire Snow, Haden Young, Mather & Platt, Matthew Hall Mechanical Services, and Merrol Fire Protection.

Mr Leslie Heaviside of Mather & Platt was appointed as the first chairman of BAFSA, laying the foundation for the association’s long-term mission to improve fire safety standards.

Celebrations at the House of Lords and throughout the year

To commemorate its 50th anniversary, BAFSA has planned a celebration of its achievements in fire safety on 8th February at the House of Lords.

The event will honour the contributions of individuals and organisations that have supported BAFSA’s goals.

Additionally, several key events are scheduled throughout the year to highlight this landmark anniversary.

Looking forward to the future for BAFSA

BAFSA has expressed its aspirations for the next 50 years, aiming to make fire sprinklers a mandatory requirement in all buildings.

The association extends its gratitude to its members for their continuous support and dedication to achieving this goal.

In a statement, BAFSA said: “Here’s to the next 50 years where we hope to see fire sprinklers a mandatory requirement in all buildings.

Thank you to all of our members who continue to help us to achieve that aim.”

IFSJ comment

The British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association’s 50th anniversary is a testament to the enduring importance of fire safety in our communities.

Through advocacy, education, and collaboration, BAFSA has played a crucial role in promoting the adoption of fire sprinkler systems, contributing to safer living and working environments.

As we look to the future, the continued efforts of organisations like BAFSA are essential in driving forward innovations in fire safety and ensuring that the lessons learned over the past half-century are applied to protect lives and properties for generations to come.

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