Brigade backs National Sprinkler Week

BSA_SW_logo_Colour_Final_smallCleveland Fire Brigade is joining forces with fire and rescue services across the UK in supporting Fire Sprinkler Week 2015, which takes place from 16-22 March.

This is the second annual sprinkler awareness campaign undertaken by fire and rescue services and is this year focusing on the way that fitting sprinklers can help businesses and education, by reducing the impact of a fire.

Noel Cornforth, Head of Fire Engineering at Cleveland Fire Brigade said, “As businesses look to remain competitive in a challenging economic climate, it becomes more important than ever for them to ensure that their key resources are protected, allowing them to continue operating after a fire.

“Many businesses do not recover after a major fire and this can have an impact not only on the company itself, but on its employees, customers and suppliers.”

Cleveland Fire Brigade is also hosting the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the National Sprinkler Network in Hartlepool as Mr Cornforth explains.

“The meeting will be taking place at the Historic Quay in Hartlepool on Wednesday 25March with representatives from every Fire and Rescue Service operating within the United Kingdom attending. In addition, there will also be representatives from Local Government Agencies, Politicians and MP’s within the English, Scottish and Welsh Parliaments as well as colleagues from national and international Fire Authorities and Fire Trade Associations.

“The members are actively committed to promoting the provision of fire sprinklers in homes, flats, schools, care homes, hospitals and businesses by influencing key people to introduce Standards and Legislation that will safeguard people and the community from the threat of fire.

Ian Hayton, Chief Fire Officer said, “We are really pleased to be hosting this event and promoting the very important work that the Network does. Fire Sprinklers are the next step to keeping people safe in their homes.  In Cleveland we are proactive in this area having worked with Housing Hartlepool, part of Thirteen Group, as part of a trial, to install 32 sprinkler systems in new homes.”

Fire Sprinkler Week 2015 is being coordinated by the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA). CFOA is campaigning for a legal requirement to fit sprinklers in higher risk premises, such as care homes, schools and other buildings. Laws in England are lagging behind those currently in force in Scotland and Wales, which require sprinklers to be installed in a range of higher-risk buildings.

Anyone requiring advice about sprinkler systems can contact Noel Cornforth at Cleveland Fire Brigade on 01429 874013 or email ncornforth@clevelandfire.gov.uk