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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Impacts

These are the effects of our fire protection activities over a long-term period on the wider community/environment.

We believe that all of the fire protection work that we complete has very positive impacts on the community, businesses and people who pass through the county of Staffordshire.  We work closely with our partner agencies to reduce the risk to life from fire in buildings that are subject to fire safety law, including Houses in Multiple Occupation, student accommodation and specifically targeting our resources at those premises that constitute the highest risk.

Everyone deserves to be confident that when they or their family stay in a hotel, go to their place of work, go shopping, go to the theatre or cinema, they are safe in the case of a fire inadvertently breaking out and that they are able to easily escape to a place of safety.

There are life safety benefits of taking into consideration what facilities are in place and how you would deal with a fire should one occur.  But there are other benefits frequently not considered, for example:

  • Many businesses do not recover from a serious fire, and naturally this can affect local employment with the potential that many people may lose their jobs which will have a direct effect on the local economy.
  • The availability of facilities used by the community, such as village halls and sports facilities may be severely affected.
  • In the case of a school or college, years of pupils’ project or course work or teaching resources may be destroyed possibly affecting future examination results.

Additionally, through our work with architects, planners and building control bodies we work hard to ensure the risk posed to our firefighters is kept to a minimum and that they are able to fight a fire with certain physical safeguards in place.

By enforcing effectively against those premises that are not taking their responsibilities seriously and by providing advice and guidance to those who wish to do the right thing, SFRS believes that it is contributing to the creation of healthier lives, supporting economic development and helping to ensure both public and firefighter safety.  These are also the Government’s priorities in terms of regulatory outcomes (http://bis.gov.uk/brdo) which we fully endorse and support.