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In the event of a FIRE, TIME is of the essence!

What happens if the Fire & Rescue Service (FRS) don't know your building and can't find your floor plans?

It's out-of-hours and your 'responsible person' isn't on site to provide crucial information on impaired residents?

Fire safety issues or critical business assets can't be identified?

By installing a secure Premises Information Box™ (PIB)® containing FIA & NFCC approved Emergency Response Pack (ERP) site plans, you can provide instant access for the FRS using the GSP One Key®System.

Save TIME. Save lives. Save property. Save your business.

Enquire NOW to install a secure Premises Information Box™ (PIB®) systems with ERP Plan Service

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Where are the new fire safety regulations applied?

The new fire safety regulations make it a requirement for all high-rise residential buildings to have easily identifiable secure repositories for clear specified documents, intended for use by the fire and rescue service during the fire, as per the NFCC FIA Code of Practice

Types of premises subject to the new fire safety regulations include:

  • Existing blocks of flats whose top storey floor height is 18m or more, or over six storeys (ground plus five upper storeys), whichever is the lower.
  • Existing blocks of flats whose top storey floor height is below 18m or under six storeys which have additional complexity i.e. layout, access, facilities etc.
  • Student accommodation designed like a block of flats, e.g. those adopting a stay put approach whose top storey floor height is 11m or more.
  • New build blocks of flats whose top storey floor height is 11m or more.

The Gerda Solution

Designed to meet the new fire safety regulations - and to the
exacting specification of the Fire & Rescue Service- Gerda solutions are by 'by fire fighters for fire fighters'. The original Gerda secure Premises Information Box™ (PIB®) and Emergency Response Pack (ERP) have been adopted by organisations nationwide and helped establish the FIA & NFCC Code of Practice.

Click here to view the PIBS Guide

The Gerda Solution

Designed to meet the new fire safety regulations - and to the exacting specification of the Fire & Rescue Service - Gerda solutions are ‘by fire fighters for fire fighters’. The original Gerda secure Premises Information Box™ (PIB®) and Emergency Response Pack (ERP) have been adopted by organisations nationwide and helped establish the FIA & NFCC Code of Practice.

Click here to view the PIBS Guide

Meet the new fire safety regulations in just three simple steps:

1. Complete your enquiry online

Submit your property details above and we’ll get back to you with details of the PIB and ERP options.

2. Confirm property requirements

Complete the PIB registration form for location & keyholder, then select your ERP service provision.

3. Product delivery or installation

Upon delivery or installation of your PIB, the Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) are notified of the location.

Make sure your building abides by the Code of Practice

What the regulatory bodies have to say

As a minimum, the regulations require a responsible person to inspect the secure information box annually and ensure that its contents are up to date.

Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022

It is a legal requirement from 23 January 2023 for existing high-rise residential buildings in England to have a secure information box installed on the premises.

Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022

Blocks of flats (purpose group 1(a)) with a top storey more than 11m above ground level should be provided with a secure information box.
NOTE: Consideration should also be given to other buildings with large, complex or uncommon layouts where the provision of a secure information box may be beneficial.

June 2022 Amendments to Approved Document B: Fire safety section 15.19

The need to ensure that information is available to the fire and rescue service in a consistent format to assist with the emergency response, especially taking into account those with mobility, cognitive or sensory impairments is crucial.

Ian Moore, CEO, Fire Industry Association on the code of practice

Ensuring that up to date vital information is readily available to firefighters in an emergency, ensures that those most in need of support are fully considered in the decisions and plan for managing an incident.

Mark Hardingham, Chair National Fire Chiefs Council on the code of practice

We have introduced the biggest improvements to building safety in a generation with the passing into law of the Building Safety Act 2022. These changes will support our tough new regulatory regime, duly ensuring that fire safety measures are incorporated into new high-rise homes and that all new residential buildings meet the same safety standards.

Fire Safety Minister Lord Greenhalgh on the Fire Safety Regulations

We also support the inclusion of Secure Information Boxes in buildings over 11m, which will give fire and rescue services access to important details about a building and its residents in the event of a fire.

The NFCC Protection & Business Safety Committee Chair, Gavin Tomlinson on the new Fire Safety Regulations

The authors of this Code of Practice are grateful to Gerda Security Products Ltd for their contribution of plans and drawings given as examples in the appendices of this document many of which have been taken or adapted from Gerda’s own Emergency Response Pack guidance.

FIA NFCC Code of Practice for the Provision of Premises Information Boxes in Residential Buildings

Recommendation 33.12b: That the owner and manager of every high-rise residential building be required by law to ensure that the building contains a premises information box, the contents of which must include a copy of the up-to-date floor plans and information about the nature of any lift intended for use by the fire and rescue services.

Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 Recommendations, September 2021

£1.01B

Annual fire related UK insurer
commercial claims (inc.HRRB)

728

FRS attended fires in high-rise flats in year to June 2021

48/52

Split of social/private
(student) sector

95%

FRS using Gerda One Key System® nationwide.

6.58

Average FRS response time
to high-rise fires (mins)

High-Rise Residential Buildings

919878924 LR Hackney Flats

Social Housing

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Private Residence

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Student Accommodation

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11m New Build

Simple & Effective

Installing your secure information box, or PIB, quickly ensures that the FRS have immediate access to on-site plans during a fire.

The new fire safety regulations ‘seek to improve the fire safety of blocks of flats in ways which are practical, cost effective for individual leaseholders and proportionate to the risk of fire.’

Simple & Effective

Installing your secure information box, or PIB, quickly ensures that the FRS have immediate access to on-site plans during a fire.
The new fire safety regulations ‘seek to improve the fire safety of blocks of flats in ways which are practical, cost effective for individual leaseholders and proportionate to the risk of fire.’

Secure Premises Information Boxes

Group 295

HSS PIB C (Cat A)

Group 296

ERP Plan Service

Group 297

Gerda One Key System®

Group 292

Standard PIB (Internal)

Uniting Fire Safety & Security™

Just a handful of our accreditations and memberships that make Gerda your No.1 partner for ensuring compliance with the new fire safety regulations, and for fire safety and security in general.

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FAQs

Got a query regarding the new fire safety code? Browse our most commonly asked questions about the new fire safety regulations, PIB’s and more. However, if there’s anything not covered here about the 2022 fire safety building regulations that you want to ask, simply email our team here and we’ll get back to you.

Under the new fire regulations flats in blocks whose top story is over 18m, or 6 storeys whichever is the lower (i.e. ground plus 5 alternatively ‘7 or more’), along with 11m or more for student accommodation designed like a block of flats.


In addition, under the new fire regulations flats in new builds with a top story more than 11m above ground level also fall under this rule from 1 December 2022 in England.

Height of top storey measured from upper floor surface of top floor to ground level on lowest side of building. Note height of top storey excludes roof-top plant areas and any top stories consisting exclusively of plant rooms.

Ref: Approved Document B - Diagram D6

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 highlighted the lack of on-site information available to London Fire Brigade and recommended that it be required by law for all high-rise residential buildings. In order to keep this information safe and secure a premises information box should be installed and access given to the FRS.

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As a minimum the new fire safety regulations require the RP to inspect annually and ensure contents are up to date, which Gerda can do as part of a 5-year ERP Plans Service and Maintenance Package. Although your plans will only need renewing if any of the required elements have changed.

Having worked with the FIA/NFCC on the ERP guidelines (as acknowledged in the Code of Practice listed on Gov.uk regulation 6), Gerda provides a complete ERP Plan Service with annual audit & maintenance option for total piece-of-mind.

https://www.nationalfirechiefs.org.uk/write/MediaUploads/NFCC%20Guidance%20publications/Protection/PIBS_Guide_06-21_V2.pdf 

They’re the same, a Premises Information Box (PIB) is the original Gerda name for a secure facility to store information about a building for use by the fire service during an incident. This is exactly what’s called for under the new fire safety regulations, and such installations are now also known by the generic term ‘secure information box (SIB)’. PIBs are referred to in the initial Grenfell Tower Inquiry and FIA NFCC Code of Practice (for the provision of Premises Information Boxes in Residential Buildings) with the new fire safety code simply referring to secure information boxes (now termed SIB). With a Gerda PIB you’re installing the SIB originally developed with the fire and rescue service.

The Gov.uk guidance states that under the new fire safety regulations, to ensure fire safety high rise buildings must have a ‘Responsible Person’. The responsible person is the person who is responsible for the safety of themselves and others who use a regulated premises. This is normally a building owner, or in residential properties, any other person in control of the premises. The responsible person is the person on whom most of the duties set out in the Fire Safety Order are imposed.’

The person having control of the building, or a degree of control.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/responsible-person-and-duty-holder-fire-safety-responsibilities/responsible-person-identification-supplementary

Gov.uk Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 coming into force on 23 January 2023

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fire-safety-england-regulations-2022

Gov.uk Regulation 4 for secure premises information boxes as a legal requirement from 23.01.23

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fire-safety-england-regulations-2022/fact-sheet-secure-information-box-regulation-4

Gov.uk Regulation 6 for floor plans and building plan as a legal requirement from 23.01.23

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fire-safety-england-regulations-2022/fact-sheet-floor-plans-and-building-plan-regulation-6

Gov.uk building regulations amendments June 2022 for new build high-rise fire safety from 01.12.22

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1080214/ADB_amendment_booklet_June_2022.pdf

Gov.uk Fire safety: Approved Document B covering fire safety matters with June 22 amendments

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fire-safety-approved-document-b

FIA & NFCC Code of Practice for the Provision of Premises Information Boxes in Residential Buildings

https://www.nationalfirechiefs.org.uk/write/MediaUploads/NFCC%20Guidance%20publications/Protection/PIBS_Guide_06-21_V2.pdf

Make sure your building abides by the Code of Practice

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