NSI at IFSEC 2019

by Mark Rowe

The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) exhibited at this year’s three-day IFSEC and FIREX exhibitions last week, to welcome its approved companies and applicants, as well as key industry stakeholders, to engage face-to-face with NSI staffers. And Cash the owl, pictured, never fails to stop visitors.

NSI ran a series of sessions on its stand. Topics included updates on PD 6662 for the installation of alarm systems, the new Kitchen Fire Protection Systems scheme (SP206), the inspectorate’s CCTV Code of Practice NCP104 and the latest modifications to the SIA Approved Contractor Scheme workbook.

NSI’s Head of Field Operations (Systems), John Davidson spoke at FIREX on the importance of using competent, trained risk assessors to complete life safety fire risk assessments. NSI auditors judged the work of teams competing in the Engineers of Tomorrow Competition. This year the three-day competition not only showed the skills and talent of apprentices, but laid the foundations for becoming part of the World Skills competition.

NSI Chief Executive Richard Jenkins presented the heat winners’ prizes on Thursday afternoon, June 20, on the final day in the Keynote Arena. The heat winners on day three were Matt Eminson and Ryan Harker from Chubb (Intruder Alarm competition) and Callum Tootle and Chris Lomax from EFT Systems (Fire competition).

Richard Jenkins said: “Once again IFSEC and FIREX exemplified the benefits of industry coming together to enhance public security. Our stand welcomed a considerable number of enquiries from companies interested in engaging with NSI’s highly trained team of experts. Independent certification is recognised as an important framework for continual improvement for businesses; one we are pleased to spearhead within the security and fire safety sectors. We employ the most highly trained professionals who help to drive up the performance of businesses of all sizes as part of the assessment for approval.

“It was inspiring to see so many NSI approved companies attend this year’s event and we were proud to play our part in helping to shine a spotlight on new talent within the sector. It was also a pleasure to welcome so many invited guests to our VIP drinks reception celebrating our collective commitment to raising standards.”



IFSEC 2020 runs at the same London Excel venue but at a new month; May 19 to 21. Visit

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