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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

A Sprinkle of Innovation

09/11/2009

In support of a new Private Members Bill being progressed through Parliament, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is staging an event to champion the use of sprinklers in homes.

Among those invited to attend Friday’s 'Protecting the Environment' seminar at Service headquarters in Pirehill, Stone, is the Right Honourable Housing Minister, John Healey.

"A fire controlled by a sprinkler system is typically discovered much earlier and therefore will be smaller and produce lower smoke emissions."

Chris Enness, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service

Chief Executive/Chief Fire Officer at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Peter Dartford will welcome guests before the Service’s Deputy Chief, Chris Enness outlines the environmental and safety benefits of sprinkler systems.

"Our main aim is always to protect the community we serve, to protect the public,” said Chris.

"A Sprinkler system will do much more than that. Sprinkler systems will keep everyone safe.

"A fire will require far less control by fire-fighters meaning reduced harm to people, up to 10 times less water used to extinguish the fire, less re-housing and rebuilding issues and less environmental damage.

"Put simply, sprinklers are one of the best safety devices available but awareness about them is very low, in fact there appears to be many myths and inaccuracies surrounding sprinklers.

"Sprinklers will save lives, save millions of pounds for the economy and protect the environment. It really is time we woke up to the benefits of sprinklers."

Ian Gough from the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association and Tim Gray of Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service will be presenting during the seminar.

During 'The Studley Green Experience' case study, Tim reveals just how effective and efficient sprinkler systems are.

Other partners attending the event, which runs from 10am to 12.30pm, include Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Staffordshire County Council, representatives from Aspire Housing and Staffordshire Housing Association and members of the Chief Fire Officers Association.