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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Businesses urged to manage fire risk

11/09/2017

John Berrisford
John Berrisford

As part of a national drive Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will be urging local businesses to manage their risk of fire.

“There’s a simple analogy I use which is that running a company without the correct safety plans, procedure and training in place, is just like riding a bike with no helmet. In the event of an accident, you are much more likely to suffer a serious injury. It is far better to protect yourself so that it is much less likely that you will suffer a fire but if you do, then you know everything is in place to aid your recovery.”

Business Support Lead for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, John Berrisford

The National Fire Chiefs Council's (NFCC's) UK Business Fire Safety Week takes place between 11th and 17th September 2017.

The Service works with businesses in Staffordshire throughout the year, with a specialist Business Support Team (BST) offering free initial consultations, fire safety advice and business support packs. The Service’s BST has worked with hundreds of local companies and organisations in recent years.

For example, the team is still in contact with PH Winterton & Son, a Staffordshire Moorlands business hit by a large fire in June 2014. Thankfully, the company was in strong position for recovery and has continued to trade but they were supported through the aftermath of the incident by the Service. They continue to receive guidance and training for new staff, to make sure they maintain their high levels of safety standards.

Business Support Lead for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, John Berrisford said: “We have an ongoing working relationship with numerous companies around the county and would encourage any business with concerns about their safety procedures or continuity plans to get in touch.

“Our support can range across a spectrum of industries and be catered to different sized companies. From helping businesses when they start up, guiding them though the various legislative requirements to make sure fire safety is business as usual, to helping established companies with continuity plans and staff training, right through to helping businesses pick up the pieces after an incident. Sadly, for a large number of companies this can often be too little too late and they simply can’t recover from the huge financial implications of a fire.

“There’s a simple analogy I use which is that running a company without the correct safety plans, procedure and training in place, is just like riding a bike with no helmet. In the event of an accident, you are much more likely to suffer a serious injury. It is far better to protect yourself so that it is much less likely that you will suffer a fire but if you do, then you know everything is in place to aid your recovery.”

As part of the awareness-raising week Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging businesses to visit the dedicated pages of the website for information and advice on how to protect themselves. The downloadable ‘Resilient Business Software Toolkit’ can be accessed in the business support service section of www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk. The toolkit is underwritten by leading insurers and is administered by the Fire Protection Association.

John Berrisford added: “We urge businesses to take the necessary steps to ensure that their buildings are as safe as possible from fire, whether that is a fire started accidentally or deliberately. The ‘Resilient Business Software Toolkit’ is a fantastic guide to use and for any organisations that need assistance completing the toolkit, we are more than happy to provide support.”

For businesses who require additional support, Business Support Lead  for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, John Berrisford can be contacted on 01785 898916. For more information about business fire safety visit www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk.