With the privatisation of the UK Railways in 1995, it was recognised by all concerned, that there would no longer be one management body with the overall responsibility for Fire Safety across the rail industry.
RIFA was therefore established by those rail industry organisations supporting the launch, as the appropriate body for continuing this function, and to act as the industry voice for the benefit of its members and to maintain Fire Safety Standards throughout the industry.
RIFA is a global association established with the objective to share information, experience and best practice in the management of fire safety throughout the Railway Industry. Our membership comes from railway operating and infrastructure companies, suppliers of equipment and services to the rail industry and from the firefighting services.
Fire prevention and protection for life safety and assets within railways involves special consideration that requires understanding of the operational railway and its users. Whether it’s a heavy haul goods operation, high speed rail, metro or light rail there are impacts from fire that have to be considered; RIFA is an independent and authoritative source of fire safety information for Rail Industry best practice.
RIFA has a global membership which enables information on practices and solutions from around the world to be available to all our members. We have members from across Europe, North America and the Middle East.
RIFA has been actively involved in a number of industrial development and improvement plans. Working groups have been set up within RIFA to provide technical and professional support and advices to these plans. Works being carried out recently included reviewing current and contributing to the new BS and EN standards, maintaining high level of rolling stock fire safety and re-introducing fire apprentice scheme for the industry.
Come and talk to one of our representatives at stand Z233 in Hall 18 to know more what we can bring to your business!"
For more information, go to www.rifa-rail.co.uk