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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Fire service hosts sprinkler seminar

29/02/2016

‘Protecting the elderly and most at risk from fire’ is the message set to come from a sprinkler seminar, hosted by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS), in Stafford on March 17.

“We would urge both business owners and Social Housing Providers alike to consider fitting sprinkler systems in new build projects and premises undergoing major refurbishments wherever possible. The impact of a fire can be devastating and sprinklers can play a vital role in reducing this."

Fire Engineer Stuart Ruckledge

The free conference, organised by the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association (BAFSA), will address delegates about the need for increased use of sprinkler systems to reduce the number of fire deaths and injuries each year.

The seminar hopes to raise awareness of the key role that sprinklers play in fire prevention and control and of their benefit to those who may find escape more difficult such as older people or those with a disability.

Older people are at a greater risk of experiencing a fire with almost twice as many people over the age of 50 dying in a house fire compared to those aged under-50. This age group is the fastest growing in the UK.

Fires not only put lives at risk but also damage properties and have a detrimental effect on business continuity.

They cost UK companies a staggering £1.29 billion a year. They also leave many firms facing ruin with up to 80 per cent of small businesses ceasing to trade within twelve months of having a fire.

Installing sprinklers makes good business sense.

Architects, housing associations, local authority building control officers and building inspectors are amongst the groups of people who have been invited to the event which is being held at The Moat House, Acton Trussell, Stafford, on Thursday, March 17.

Speakers at the event will include Steve Mills, BAFSA Fire and Rescue Service Coordinator, Ritchie O’Connell, BAFSA Technical Adviser for Wales, John Berrisford, SFRS Business Support Manager, and Stuart Ruckledge, SFRS Fire Engineer.

Fire Engineer Stuart Ruckledge said: “We would urge both business owners and Social Housing Providers alike to consider fitting sprinkler systems in new build projects and premises undergoing major refurbishments wherever possible. The impact of a fire can be devastating and sprinklers can play a vital role in reducing this.

“An ageing population, more independent living and an increase in social vulnerability could result in a dramatic increase in accidental fires in domestic and residential properties in coming years. We need to take action now to prevent this and that action is to make the fitting of sprinklers more widespread.”

The event will run from 9am – 3.30pm and lunch will be provided. Attendance is free of charge although booking is necessary. For more information about the event programme please follow the link below:
http://www.bafsa.org.uk/news-events/book-an-event-testing.php