Fire safety award success for Horizonscan

Posted on 07/01/16

Russ Timpson, CEO Horizonscan (L) receives his award

Russ Timpson, CEO of Fire safety and business continuity management provider, Horizonscan, has had a good start to the year after being named International Fire Professional of the Year at Fire Magazine’s annual Excellence in Fire & Emergency Awards.

This prestigious award, sponsored by the Institution of Fire Engineers, recognises individuals who have advanced the cause of the international fire engineering community. Russ, the first to receive this new award, was described by the judging panel as ‘a standout entrant, nominated no less than seven times’.

Russ has many years of experience in fire safety and business continuity management including International Fire Strategy for BAA, Head of Safety for Virgin Atlantic and the development of business continuity plans for several multi-national companies. The award particularly recognises his role as founder of the Tall Buildings Fire Safety Network and his contribution to improving the safety of such premises through his popular Tall Building Fire Safety Management courses.

The awards judging panel declared that Russ, whose business has its main office at Discovery Park, has “advanced the cause of the fire protection engineering community through his contributions as an expert in the field of fire safety management, and as the founder of the Tall Building Network.”

“Without his drive and enthusiasm in the area of tall building fire safety in particular, the fire safety industry in the UK would not be as open to debating the issues surrounding the subject,” they declared.

The judges detailed key topics being considered around the world, as a result of Russ’ efforts as including: active egress concepts, smoke control approaches, tall building fire systems management, alternative building materials, fire service interaction/pre-planning, fire detection and alarm, compartmentation and fire containment, and building/business resilience in the face of accidental, intentional and natural events.

Russ was also recognised for his contributions to the IFE as a Fellow of the Institution and a past president of the Kent IFE branch. It was noted that he had run several successfully attended IFE CPD events for the South East region of IFE. The judges also praised his “broad experience of delivering various aspects of fire safety work in a number of countries” and noted that he will be running his IFE Tall Building Fire Safety Management course in New Zealand, Australia and the UK throughout 2015/16, as well as carrying out a wide range of fire safety activities in countries such as UAE, Germany, Belgium, France and China.

Russ is the organiser of the highly successful International Tall Buildings Fire Safety Conference, which held its third event at the University of Greenwich in July 2015. He is now planning the fourth conference, which will take place in Chicago in 2017.

Accepting the award, Russ declared:

“I hope that this award will provide a platform to discuss fire safety in Tall Buildings. With a massive increase in Tall Building construction in mega-cities across the world, the fire industry must keep pace with developments and changes in fire risks. New technology, including use of timber construction will be discussed at our next conference.”

For further information on upcoming Fire Safety Management in Tall Buildings courses visit; or for further details of the International Tall Buildings Fire Safety Conference, or to purchase the proceedings of the 2014 conference visit

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