? About Cambridge Fire Research

About Cambridge Fire Research

Emma Northrop


Cambridge Fire Research (CFR) was established in 2005 as an independent fire resistance test laboratory, but has roots going back over 30 years. We have worked hard to build a broad and loyal customer base, in both the UK and overseas, and are committed to providing a reliable and cost effective route for product development and certification across a wide range of sectors. We understand the need for a versatile and flexible approach and will always strive to accommodate changing circumstances, as they arise. Key to our success is a dedicated team of well qualified, knowledgeable and experienced staff, who can always be approached for help and advice. Above all comes recognition of the trust put in us by our clients to maintain the highest level of confidentiality and to operate with the underlying values of impartiality, fairness, honesty and integrity.     

Emma Wilson, Head of Testing

Facilities and services

Two state-of-the-art gas furnaces and the choice of full, medium or small scale specimen options allows CFR to provide the most economical fire test solution to its clients. The furnaces have automated control of temperature and pressure and a conveniently located screen displays live data from specimen thermocouples and radiometers. Precise hosestream delivery for ASTM and UL tests is guaranteed by a sophisticated water pump with automatic pressure control. CFR has spacious and confidential areas for specimen installation, canteen facilities, a comfortable viewing room with positive pressure air feed and a separate meeting room with Wi-Fi connectivity. For clients who are unable to attend their fire test in person, a remote web-based viewing service is available via a live video feed. Secure and confidential access on the day is available through our Client Area page or by clicking the video camera symbol on the Home page. Depending on exact requirements, CFR may be able to help with the supply of specimen materials, manufacture and installation. Please ask for details.

Viewing Room
Client viewing room
Client meeting room
Client meeting room
Installatin service
Installation service
CFR Credentials
CFR has UKAS accreditation for a variety of British, European, US and International fire test standards and is a Notified Body (No. 2337) for testing under the EU Construction Products Directive/Regulation. As such, its test evidence is acceptable for the purposes of 3rd-party approvals (e.g. Q-Mark, Certifire and IFCC), CE marking and UL certification. Through association, CFR can provide a route to certification and other affiliated services such as consultancy (including product assessments) and acoustic testing. CFR are also members of the Fire Test Study Group (FTSG).

Key staff contacts

Emma Wilson MEng - Head of Testing - emmawilson@cambridge-fire.co.uk 
Dr Eric Southern FInst P - Deputy Head of Testing - es@cambridge-fire.co.uk 
Brian Richardson - Chief Technical Officer - brianrichardson@cambridge-fire.co.uk
Tim Smith - Technical Officer - timsmith@cambridge-fire.co.uk
Stuart Plummer - Technical Officer - stuartplummer@cambridge-fire.co.uk