IFIC Forensics and the Fire Protection Association (FPA) have announced a strategic alliance in anticipation of the release of new fire investigation standards from the Forensic Science Regulator which will have ramifications in both the criminal and civil justice sectors.
The organisations hope that their partnership will increase insurer access to skilled fire investigators and provide research and trend data to support assessment and management of fire risk.
IFIC Forensics and the FPA will provide in-depth specialist fire investigation training at a time when cuts to the UK Fire and Rescue Service are leaving insurers exposed when attempting to determine cause and liability in fire claims.
The new alliance has already won a contract to provide fire investigation training to the Welsh Fire and Rescue Service.
Jonathan O’Neill, managing director at FPA, said that the alliance was made possible by the shared philosophy FPA had with IFIC Forensics of protecting people, property and the environment by advancing fire prevention and protection techniques.
“We are focussed on reinforcing our mission to reduce insurable risk through research, advice and best practice,” he said.
“IFIC Forensics are a natural fit with our vision to arm the insurance market with the intelligence and data they require, whilst combining our leading expertise and facilities to deliver training of the highest calibre. We look forward to a long and successful partnership.”