Fire Forum

    The Forum exists to promote a wider understanding of fire-related risks and fire-prevention/mitigation technologies relating to or arising from rolling stock operation, principally but not exclusively, passenger rolling stock.


    The Forum exists to ensure a common approach to issues between rolling stock designers, rolling stock operators, rolling stock owners and fire industry experts.

    The Forum will aim to:

    • Review rolling stock related fire statistics, trends and incidents
    • Discuss, and where possible achieve stakeholder consensus, on technical developments that may affect risk from fire related hazards
    • Encourage consideration of fire issues as part of a holistic approach to rail vehicle risks
    • Consider research reports on rolling stock fire matters from UK or overseas
    • Examine practice and experience from other railway organisations
    • Propose, if appropriate, new research activities to improve understanding or management of fire risk, and review outputs of any research undertaken
    • Ensure that rolling stock aspects are properly addressed by those dealing with Standards relating to system-wide fireworthiness, maintaining appropriate liaison with RSSB and BSI committees and mirror groups considering rail industry fire standards Promote awareness of fire risks, mitigations and technologies among the UK rolling stock community.

    Message from the chair

    Fires are a very rare occurrence on modern railway vehicles, but they do still have the potential to cause major loss of life.  The fire forum shares best practice between different parts of the industry, from suppliers to operators and maintainers.  We review trends in fire risk, the need for new research and progress with the development of industry standards.


      A representative from each of the following organisations/sectors' then list:

      • passenger train operators
      • infrastructure managers and owners
      • suppliers and rolling stock manufacturers
      • RSSB.
      Chair of committee: Nick Swift , Eversholt Rail Limited
      RSSB main representative: Neil Dinmore , Rail Safety and Standards Board Ltd
      Other Members
      Other members
      Nick Swift
      Eversholt Rail Limited
      Roisin Mulvany
      Rail Safety and Standards Board Ltd
      Simon Green
      First Greater Western Limited
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Syd Scrace
      Hitachi Rail Limited
      David Hickson
      Govia Thameslink Railway
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Beth Dean
      David Yates
      London Fire Brigade
      George Davidson
      Transport Scotland
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      James Holland
      Network Rail Limited
      Infrastructure Manager
      Graham Neil
      Transport For London (TFL)
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Matt Hunt
      Rail Safety and Standards Board Ltd
      Jim Baker
      Mott Macdonald Group Ltd
      Mike Edgar
      SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit Limited
      Peter Theobald
      Rail Delivery Group
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Peter Randall
      Department For Transport
      Industry Association
      Phil Clarke
      Transport For London (TFL)
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Simon Ford
      Transport For London (TFL)
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Richard Nowell
      Mott Macdonald Group Ltd
      Neil Dinmore
      Rail Safety and Standards Board Ltd
      Do you need to get in touch with this group?
      Contact our Industry Groups Manager for questions about the next meeting or about vacancies within this group.
      Roisin Mulvany
      Tel: 020 3142 5579
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