Optimism is gradually returning to the fire sector as the economy continues to show signs of improvement, research suggests.
The Market Conditions Review and the Annual Membership Survey from the Fire Industry Association (FIA) reveal the sector is beginning to enjoy the same levels of growth as other industries across the UK.
A number of infrastructure products are gaining momentum, such as Crossrail, the new high capacity railway for London and the South East, while commercial office construction is also experiencing a rise nationwide.
This, in turn, is having a positive knock-on effect on the fire sector. Commercial properties, for instance, need to be fitted with fire alarm systems before completion, while trains need to be made fire safe as well.
The research also reveals a shift towards purchasing products online – a trend that seems to be affecting much of the retail industry.
But Graham Ellicott, chief executive officer of the FIA, warns that the maintenance of products or systems bought via the internet still needs to be carried out by competent companies and people to ensure high standards are met.
He claims there could be severe consequences for not adhering to correct regulation if a fire were to break out.
Copyright Press Association 2014