2012 FSA Award

22 October 2012


The Fire and Security Association has announced that Pat Allen, Director of Abel Alarm Company has become the recipient of the 2012 FSA Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Fire Systems Industry.

The award was presented to Pat by the President of the Electrical Contractors’ Association Paul McNaughton (pictured right of Pat Allen) and the Chairman of the FSA Steve Kimber (pictured left of Pat Allen) at the FSA’s annual lunch on Tuesday 22nd October at the magnificent Drapers Hall in the City of London.

The event was attended by the great and good of the building services engineering and fire, security and risk management industries including Baroness Henig of Lancaster, Sir Ian Johnston Director of Security and Resilience LOCOG, ECA President Paul McNaughton, Security Institute General Manager Di Thomas, WCoSP Master Gerald Moor and NSI Chief Executive Jeff Little - to name but a few.

FSA Chairman Steve Kimber said: “I have known, and worked alongside, this Gentleman for many, many years and consider him a good friend and trusted colleague. He is an immensely popular, enthusiastic and passionate individual who has dedicated his career to improving the industry for installers and customers alike. It gives me great pleasure, therefore, to present the FSA Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Fire Systems Sector to Mr. Pat Allan”.

Pat Allen is Vice Chairman of the FSA, Chairman of its Fire and Security Technical Committee, the FSA representative on the Technical Development Committee at the ECA, FSA representative at the ACPO Police Security Systems Group and various CFOA committees.

He is a trustee for Summit Skills the Sector Skills Council for Building Services Engineering and a member of its Finance and Audit Committee. He is also a member of the ECA Education and Training Committee and a member of the Skills for Security Mechanical and Systems Fire Sector Consultation Group.

From 2008 – 2010 he represented the interests of the FSA on the committee that worked with CFOA to produce the CFOA Protocol for the Reduction of False Alarms and Unwanted Fire Signals. This protocol is intended to address all false alarm issues in an effective way. It provides a strategy which allows a consistent approach which can be adopted nationally and meets the needs of both the industry and Services.

However, as many regional fire brigades have chosen not to adopt the protocol and some have launched their own competing protocols, he is now working, tirelessly, through his own company and the FSA to harmonise the relationship between the Fire Service and the industry both to improve efficiency and public safety.

About the FSA: Launched by the Electrical Contractors' Association in January 2007, the FSA operates as a division within the Association's framework and acts as its ‘policy engine’ for the fire and security systems sector.