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Fire: Housing providers urged to 'think sprinkler'

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Fire officers, local authorities, housing providers and industry experts are coming together for an event to promote the life-saving benefits of domestic fire sprinklers on Wednesday, 25 May. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) is hosting the 'Think Sprinkler' event at its headquarters in Washington, in partnership with the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association. (BAFSA) TWFRS will also launch its own guide to fire sprinklers at the event. Called Sprinklers in the Home, it is aimed at increasing awareness of the benefits of installing fire sprinklers in domestic properties, particularly where the occupier is more vulnerable in the event of a fire. Since TWFRS launched its Domestic Sprinkler Partnership in 2012, more than 1,200 homes across Tyne and Wear have had or are due to have sprinklers fitted. The service is calling on local authorities and housing providers to do more to increase these numbers. Assistant Chief Fire Officer John Baines, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue...

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Fire: MF&RS supports Crimestoppers 'Drop The Knife' campaign

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
MF&RS supports Crimestoppers 'Drop The Knife' campaign


Fire: Partners will work together to keep people safe on Sefton’s coast this summer

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Partners will work together to keep people safe on Sefton’s coast this summer


Fire: Plumis Automist used to safeguard ‘Britain’s finest 20th Century folly’

Written by RSS Poster PlumisAutomist
Plumis Automist, the innovative water mist fire suppression system, was used to protect a unique 100 foot tower known as Faringdon Folly Tower, in a circular woodland in rural Oxfordshire. Faringdon Folly, built in 1935 by an eccentric nobleman was the last major folly to be built in England and is hailed as ‘Britain’s finest 20th Century folly’ and as ‘one of the most important follies in Britain’.

 "There are many single points of view, which equal, or perhaps surpass, that to be seen from this place, but when a circuit is made of its summit, and new beauties are found at every step, it cannot fail to be pronounced the finest circular view in the kingdom," Extract from Pigot & Co's Directory of 1824 on Faringdon’s Folly

There are 154 steps which lead to the 2 rooms at the top from where the roof is reached and there is no other access or exit and certainly no fire escape. As it is used for private functions like parties and naming ceremonies and is...

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Fire: Statement following conclusion of Firefighter Stephen Hunt inquest

Written by RSS Poster News

FOLLOWING the conclusion today of the inquest into the death of Firefighter Stephen Hunt on July 13, 2013, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service has issued the following statement.

County Fire Officer and Chief Executive of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, Peter O’Reilly, said: “I speak for everyone in Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service when I say that we feel the same today as we did when we lost Stephen three years ago and that is utterly, utterly devastated. The inquest has heard and seen some harrowing evidence over seven weeks of intense scrutiny. It has been hard on everyone but our thoughts are always with Stephen’s family first and foremost, who have conducted themselves with dignity and grace despite having to hear and see the most terrible information anyone could hear or see about their son or brother or dad.

“We cannot bring Stephen back and we cannot change the events of that day, as much as we would give everything we have to do so. What we can do is...

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Fire: Plumis Automist adds considerable value to Windsor apartments

Written by RSS Poster PlumisAutomist
Plumis Automist has been used to provide an innovative fire safety solution for the conversion of offices to residential use. Bentley Apartments are in a stunning location next to Windsor Castle on Victoria Street. The 2 apartments both have an open staircase with glass balustrade leading down to an open plan basement living room/dining room/study and kitchen. There was no separate lobby to protect the escape route.


ABA Group Ltd were aware that Twickenham Borough Building Control officers would object to the layout unless a means could be found to provide fire protection but they were very anxious that the solution did not compromise the high-specification design of the apartments. They discovered Automist whilst searching for a solution online and called in Bracknell-based Vapourmist, the accredited installers for the system who readily specified an Automist unit to provide complete protection from the risk of fire throughout the apartments.

Automist gave ABA Group a number of active fire...

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Fire: Broadland children skill up in safety with Crucial Crew

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

Crucial Crew LogoOver 900 children from around Broadland are set to get skilled up in personal safety this week, as the successful Crucial Crew initiative rolls into Sprowston, supported by Broadland District Council.

All this week children aged 10-11 from Broadland schools are getting hands on with safety at The Space in Sprowston. Over 930 children from 19 schools will take part during the course of the week, attending 10 minute interactive workshops in a variety of topics including street safety, fire safety in the home, drug and alcohol awareness, the recovery position, inland water safety and personal safety.

The Crucial Crew is a multi-agency project, led by Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service with Norfolk County Council and the district councils, that engages with schools and Key Stage 2 children who are in the last year of primary school. Safety messages are delivered in a fun and interactive way through simulated hazards in a safe environment.

Councillor Andrew Proctor, leader of Broadland District...

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Fire: Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service launches ‘Fireproud’ network for LGBT staff

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service launches ‘Fireproud’ network for LGBT staff


Fire: SafetyWorks! has best summer safety campaign to date

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Caption: Back, L-R, RNLI lifeguards Danny Allott and Andy Brown, SafetyWorks! team member David Goldsmith, with children from South Street Primary School, Gateshead. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service's interactive centre SafetyWorks! has had its most successful summer campaign ever. A total of 1,660 children from primary schools across Tyne and Wear attended safety sessions over four weeks - an increase on last year's record campaign when 1,200 pupils attended. The youngsters took part in fun awareness sessions covering fire, water and beach safety in preparation for the summer months. They also learned about first aid, road and travel safety during their visits. Rowan Reed, of Hadrian Park Primary School, Wallsend, said: "The experience was good and all the children learned how to be safe in different situations. As real life professionals were used, I felt this made the learning experience more memorable for the children, as they were able to relate to the actual...

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Fire: Plumis Automist provides fire protection in Cheltenham development

Written by RSS Poster PlumisAutomist
Plumis Automist was used to provide active fire suppression in a new development of five 2 and 3 storey detached houses in Church Street, Charlton Kings, an affluent suburb of Cheltenham in Gloucestershire. The view of Cheltenham Borough Council Building Control was that, because each property had a large amount of glazing adjacent to the boundary of the site this constituted a fire risk. The proximity of walls to any boundary line determine how much glazed area can be used for a window. For example, if the wall is within 1.0m of the boundary then the window or door can only have 1.0m² of unprotected glazing unless alternative measures are put in place such as the use of sprinklers. The developers, Sptifire Properties LLP were very reluctant to install sprinklers which would potentially have caused water damage in the event of a discharge. They had had Automist installed in an apartment complex they had constructed in Leamington Spa in 2014 and believed that it would represent an ideal...

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