Fire Protection Specifications

Passive fire protection is not simple and is never “one size fits all”.

These systems are often complicated and vary from situation to situation. In fact, it is very rare that any one occurrence is the same as another.

But there are also situations where you could have too many answers.

The list of criteria and possibilities can sometimes be endless when it comes to picking the right system for the situation you are faced with. You need to know what to do before attempting to install any type of fire protection.

Let Trident take the guesswork out of it. Trident can assess any situation you are presented with and identify a suitably tested solution that will meet all of the criteria you need.

Not only that, Trident is able to outline step by step procedures to inform you exactly how that system should be installed, and what you need to do to ensure you have a complete and compliant fire protection system.

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Fire Protection Specifications | Trident Fire Compliance

What is a Fire Protection Specification?

When installing passive fire protection systems, it is important to know exactly how a system is installed based on the situation present.

This could be the size and type of a structural steel that requires intumescent paint, or a specific type of service penetration passing through a fire compartment wall.

When deciding on what system is appropriate, there are numerous factors to consider:

  • Is the system going to provide the fire rating required?
  • Does insulation need to be considered?
  • Are acoustics a factor?
  • Is the system right for the service/steel/opening or void present?
  • Will the system last, or will it succumb to weathering, damage or other external factors?

All of these questions, and sometimes even more, need answering to ensure that the system installed is compliant and will provide the protection required.

For ease of installation and compliance, it is always best to consider and answer these questions before installing anything related to passive fire protection. Retrospectively correcting a fire protection issue can be very difficult and, potentially, very costly.

This is where Trident Fire Compliance offer a Fire Protection Specification service.

Our aim is to ensure your fire protection systems can be installed simply, effectively and compliant to the required standards.

Fire Protection Specifications


Assess the situation

Our specialist consultants can review your situation and carry out pre-design discussions with your build team to best understand what needs protecting and why. We can then also determine the varying surrounding factors which will impact the fire protection, such as weatherproofing, movement, and fire resistance.


Engage the market

The Trident team have extensive working relationships with all major manufacturers, so we are in the best position to engage the market and find a suitable solution for your situation. We will review the potential solutions and find the best one which works for your project.



We take the design parameters of your particular situation and apply the solution provided by the manufacturer. Each step is meticulously detailed to ensure that the highest standard can be achieved by your chosen installer. We can provide written specifications and indicative drawings to ensure compliance is achieved.



At Trident, we want our solutions to work for you. This could include cost and availability of a particular system. This is why we engage with you at every step to ensure what we are proposing works for you and your project. We want you to be comfortable with what we specify and if we need to make changes, we can.

Frequently Asked Questions

When preparing a specification for a passive fire protection installation, Trident will outline all of the details and requirements of the system to ensure that it can be installed with ease.

All details and guidelines outlined in the specification will come straight from the manufacturer’s technical team, product literature and/or test evidence.

The specification will outline all the necessary checks to be carried out prior to the installation of the chosen system.

This could include; cleaning of services openings for firestopping or cleaning of steels for intumescent paint, measuring service separation to confirm distances have been achieved, recording paint thicknesses of primer prior to applying intumescent paint, removal of any non-compliant materials such as combustible insulation.

The specification will outline a step by step procedure for preparing and installing the fire protection system, including any specific requirements from the manufacturer such as fixing centres, additional sealants, or adhesives and finishings (such as tape and jointing).

The aim of the specification is to clearly outline; what materials are to be used, how to prepare for an installation, how to install the system and (where appropriate) how to record details of the finished system correctly.

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