Prevention 1st

Fire Safety Consultants

Prevention 1st Fire Safety Advisory Services Ltd, was established in 2005 and covers London, South East, M4 & M5 Corridor, South Wales and the West Country.

Its Managing Director, Phil Sidman spent 32 years in the Fire Service gaining many years experience both as an inspecting officer and senior manager within the Fire Safety discipline.


Phil's experience in Fire Safety include licensing of sports stadia and regulated stands, undertaking of Fire Risk Assessments and Fire Action Plans for a wide range of buildings, and undertakes fire risk assessments at the Olympic Velodrome and the hockey and tennis centre which are now operated by Lee Valley.

Phil has also obtained over 10 years of experience in construction which include a number of large construction projects such as the construction of Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport, the construction of the Olympic Venues at the Olympic Park in Stratford, London in preparation for the 2012 London Olympics. The construction of the two Eastern Crossrail Running Tunnels between Canning Town and Farringdon and is currently providing fire safety consultancy services at the construction of the new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset.

Phil's Qualifications are:

  • Member of the Institution of Fire Engineers
  • Member of the Institute of Fire Prevention Officers
  • Holder of the NEBOSH general Certificate
  • Affiliated to the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)
  • Competent fire risk assessor with the FRACS (Fire risk assessor competency scheme)
  • Phil is supported by a team of highly qualified fire safety consultants. All of which are experienced former serving fire safety officers.

    The Prevention 1st team provide a full range of services and offer clients a professional, honest and practical approach to meeting fire safety responsibilities at a fair and competitive rate.

    To find out more, please email us, use our contact us page or call us on 07738 354120. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.


    Mark Mansell, Senior EHS Specialist - Lonza Biologics PLC

    I was looking for an organisation to carry out an impartial review of our fire risk assessments. A colleague of mine recommended Prevention 1st. I was not disappointed by Prevention 1st, in fact I was impressed and I normally have a negative opinion on vender generated fire risk assessments and find their knowledge lacking.

    Prevention 1st were very knowledgeable about the subject and also willing to answer all my questions and discuss their findings fully with me. Also, Prevention 1st were willing to tailor their established report format to meet my needs. Furthermore, the recommendation were practical, useful and sensible.

    I would highly recommend that you use Prevention 1st to carry out your fire risk assessments and to offer specialist fire safety advice.

    Joy Bennett, Practice Manager - Hillview Surgery (NHS)

    Prevention 1st provides an excellent service. Phil goes out of his way to ensure that you understand the report, any actions that are needed, what you have to do and when by.

    He always replies quickly and helps out with any fire safety advice or training needed promptly, even if a new query comes up months after his risk assessment.

    I have no hesitation in recommending Prevention 1st.