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National Sprinkler Week – sprinkler success in Burton-on-Trent

May 22 2020

As the National Chiefs Council’s (NFCC) National Sprinkler Week comes to an end, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is highlighting a success of its Community Sprinkler Project in Burton.

At the end 2019, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service was approached by Trent & Dove Housing, a social and affordable housing provider based in Burton-upon-Trent, to install a sprinkler system into one of their flats.

The housing provider was working with East Staffordshire Borough Council on a Housing First project which aims to support chronically homeless people to find a home that’s suitable for their needs. They were trying to house a vulnerable man, who was rescued from a serious house fire a number of years ago, and it was essential that he felt safe and secure from fire.

Community Safety Officers from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service visited the property to carry out a safety check and the installation of a full sprinkler system was agreed.

A full sprinkler system can take time to design and install so the service loaned a temporary Personal Protection System – a system that will fill the room with a fine water mist and extinguish a fire – to Trent & Dove Housing. These systems can only provide protection in one room but represented a short term solution until the full sprinkler system could be installed.

In March this year, the full sprinkler system was fitted and provides protection throughout the flat and the occupant feels a lot safer in his new home.

Ashley Mather, Fire Engineer for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We’re really happy that we were able to support Trent & Dove Housing provide a home that was suitable for the man’s needs. Also, that the housing provider recognised the benefit of sprinklers so early on.

“This is a great example of partnership working and I would welcome the opportunity to work with any other housing providers to look at opportunities for incorporating sprinklers into their properties.”

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We’re really happy that we were able to support Trent & Dove Housing provide a home that was suitable for the man’s needs. Also, that the housing provider recognised the benefit of sprinklers so early on

Ashley Mather, Fire Engineer for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service