Kevin Griffin re-elected as President at AGM

Fire systems are the key talking point at this year’s AGM

  • MD Alan also discusses the ‘iceberg effect’ of SELECT’s work

  • Kevin continues as president as office bearers are elected

Fire detection and alarm systems were the hot topics up for discussion at this year’s SELECT Annual General Meeting.

SELECT Members gathered at the Grange Manor Hotel in Grangemouth on 5 June for the 107th get-together, which featured a range of in-depth presentations. Managing Director Alan Wilson provided everyone with a detailed update on all aspects of SELECT’s current work, including membership, promotion and skills development.

He highlighted the input of the new dedicated Training department, which has delivered 316 courses to nearly 3,000 delegates over the past year.

And Alan also discussed the “iceberg effect” as he outlined how SELECT is working hard behind the scenes on Members’ behalf – in particular by lobbying hard for industry regulation and better protection on issues around payment and retention.

Safety update

Dave Forrester, SELECT’s Head of Technical Services, delivered a technical presentation to the meeting.

He updated delegates on the changes to BS 5839-6, as well as Scottish legislation relating to the design and installation of fire detection and alarm systems.

Dave outlined the various types of interlinked heat and smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors that are now required in every home.

He also discussed the impact the changes would have on areas including sheltered housing and houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).

President’s election

Other business of the day saw Kevin Griffin unanimously re-elected as SELECT President for a further year, with Donald W Orr voted in as the Vice President.

Afterwards, Alan said: “The AGM provides a valuable opportunity for staff and Members to come together and discuss the essential work that we continue to carry out on behalf of our Members.

“The last 12 months have thrown up a number of challenges, but we have risen to them all and we can look back with some satisfaction on a number of great achievements.”

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