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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Conference highlights success of sprinkler systems

24/5/2017

A conference highlighting the successes of sprinkler installations is being held in Staffordshire tomorrow (Thursday 25).

“This is a great opportunity for those attending to see the positive success we have had with these sprinkler systems and how they can be a benefit to their organisations."

Fire Engineer and Fire Supression Lead Stuart Ruckledge

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is hosting the conference at Branston Golf and Conference Centre in partnership with the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association at 9am, with more than 80 guests set to attend.

The day will consist of seven speakers along with a presentation from our Fire Engineer and Fire Suppression Lead, Stuart Ruckledge. The speakers include representatives from Bromford Housing Group, Bupa, UK Derby Homes and Stoke-On-Trent City Council. Speakers will share their policies and experiences with the sprinkler systems, recalling incidents in Staffordshire where lives have been saved thanks to their installation.

The Service is highlighting the need for sprinklers especially in places where people sleep, as they are unlikely to wake up during a fire and are at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. These places include bed sits, high rise flats, houses, care villages and care homes. So far several systems have been retrofitted in business and housing accommodation, lowering the fire risk, heightening protection of life, property, business interests and the environment.

Stuart said: “This is a great opportunity for those attending to see the positive success we have had with these sprinkler systems and how they can be a benefit to their organisations.

We have already seen incidents where the sprinklers have saved people who would most likely have been seriously injured or died if they had not been installed.

“The Service is already tackling the risks posed in high rise buildings which can be addressed with these sprinklers systems, but now we want to highlight the dangers and risks in places like care homes, bed sits and flats etc where people sleep and most likely will not wake during a fire. The installation of sprinklers lowers the risk to the occupiers, the businesses and the firefighters who go into the buildings should a fire start.

“Now those who have already seen the benefits are sharing their experiences to encourage others to retrofit sprinklers or to include them in the plans for new buildings.”