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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Protecting Business Premises

John Berrisford and Trevor Fletcher
John Berrisford and Trevor Fletcher launch the innovative new CD Rom

A Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service innovation will safeguard the future of businesses across the county.

A CD Rom has been developed by members of the Service’s Business Support Team to support and guide companies in aspects of fire safety and arson protection.

"This set of business protection tools provides many of the key elements required to keep your business safe from the risks associated with fire, flood and arson."

Trevor Fletcher, Group Executive, North Staffordshire Health and Safety Group

Available free of charge to all registered trading businesses and organisations in Staffordshire, the CD Rom also features video safety messages and West Midlands Arson Task Force’s Keep Your Business in Business pack.

Business Support Manager for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, John Berrisford, said: "The development of the new business protection tools CD Rom is a major step forward in providing support and guidance to Staffordshire’s business community. In 2008/09 Staffordshire suffered more than 300 commercial fires.

"The pack will help them meet their obligations established under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

"Our Business Consultation Visits are also free. This is where we are able to provide personal, tailored, face-to-face advice and guidance on specific issues relating to business protection and fire safety."

The North Staffordshire Health & Safety Group (NSHSG) is supporting the Service's innovative new tool.

Group Executive, Trevor Fletcher, said: "This set of business protection tools provides many of the key elements required to keep your business safe from the risks associated with fire, flood and arson,” he said.

"It also contains some very useful guidance for the responsible person or people acting in accordance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005."

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is a recognised partner to NSHSG. John Berrisford added there were lucrative benefits to being a member.

"Included in the membership joining fee of £65 is FREE attendance to 10 training sessions. Attendance to similar training sessions elsewhere for non-members could be as much as £200," he said.

"Annual membership will help you keep up to date with the latest legal and best practice developments in the health and safety arena."

Special seminars are also run which give members an ideal opportunity to network with others who are involved in health and safety to discuss issues of mutual interest.