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Fire: Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service offering businesses ‘simple’ safety messages

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

Now is the time to think about fire safety in your organisation


That’s the message from Norfolk County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service as they gear up for UK Business Safety Week (13 – 17 September).

The Service will offer local businesses ‘simple’ safety messages to share with their staff during the week which is taking place at a time when many businesses will be recruiting additional members of seasonal staff in the run up to Christmas.

The new recruits might not have the same level of fire safety awareness as permanent members of staff, and may not be aware of the steps needed to protect themselves, their customers and colleagues. It is also a good opportunity to remind existing staff of the importance of fire safety.

Richard Herrell, Head of Community Fire Protection at Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, said: “I would encourage all businesses to ensure their staff are fully aware of potential fire risks and hazards, and know what to...

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Fire: GMFRS urges businesses to take simple steps to fire safety

Written by RSS Poster News

GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is urging businesses to take simple steps to keep their staff and customers safe from fire.

The Service is holding a series of events across the city region during UK Business Safety Week to offer the business community expert fire safety advice.

The message for businesses is ‘Keep it SIMPLE and Safe’ with six simple steps to protect businesses from fire:

  • Store stock safely: keep corridors, stairs and exits clear

  • Identify alarm points so you can warn others

  • Make sure doors are closed to stop fires from spreading

  • Place things that catch fire away from things that cause fire

  • Let someone know if you spot fire safety problems

  • Ensure everyone knows what to do if a fire alarm sounds

Businesses should also have an up to date fire risk assessment where applicable.

The campaign came in the wake of a series of prosecutions by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority against business people who have failed to keep their...

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Fire: Norfolk firefighters warn of longer response times as fire service faces further cuts

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

Norfolk firefighters say the scale of Government cuts will put lives and property in the county at significantly increased risk saying it will take longer for them to get to emergencies.

Yesterday Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) published their 2015 Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) which outlines the range of cuts being prepared in anticipation of a huge reduction in funding from central government by the Conservatives.

Kevin Game, secretary of the FBU in Norfolk, said: “Norfolk firefighters are truly shocked by the scale of cuts that we could be facing. NFRS is already the cheapest cost per head brigade in the country and yet we cover one of the biggest counties geographically in the country. We have already made savings of 25% over the last decade and frankly the service cannot safely take any more reductions.”

Even before the next round of cuts, NFRS funding is already 17% below the average for similar fire and rescue services which means at...

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Fire: Norfolk County Council-Communities Committee to debate budget saving ideas

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

Communities Committee to debate budget saving ideas

 

Members of Norfolk County Council’s Communities Committee meet next week (Wednesday 9 September) to consider how a range of important services could look in three years’ time based on 75% of its current addressable spending.*

Norfolk County Council is having to radically change its role and the way it delivers services. Since 2011, the council has made savings of £244 million from service budgets and frozen council tax five years in a row.

Continuing reductions in government grant and increasing demands for council services mean that council committees are having to look closely at possible options during September and October, before drawing up a list of firm proposals to go out to the public via a consultation later this autumn.

Whilst the predicted shortfall for the next three years for the county council is forecast to be £111m, the Council is modelling its future services based on a larger shortfall...

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Fire: Fire and Rescue Service issues warning following spate of wheelie bin fires

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear residents are being encouraged to help keep themselves safe from fire following a number of deliberate wheelie bin and rubbish fires in the Byker Wall area last night. (September 1) Between 10.30pm and 11.20pm there were eight deliberately started fires in the area surrounding Byker Community Centre. Two crews from Byker Community Fire Station, one crew from Newcastle Central and a Targeted Response Vehicle attended and dealt with the incidents. Area Manager for Community Safety Kevin Gardner, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Luckily no one was injured as a result of these incidents. However, fires involving wheelie bins can pose a serious risk. "Although people who start these fires might think it's a bit of fun, the consequences can be very serious; the fire can easily spread to property, including people's homes. They also tie up the fire crews who are then not available to attend other more serious or life-threatening incidents. A fire...

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Fire: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service offering 'Simple' fire safety messages to businesses

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service will be offering businesses 'simple' safety messages to be shared with their staff during the Chief Fire Officers Association's (CFOA's) UK Business Safety Week, taking place from September 7 - 13. The week has been scheduled to run at a time when many businesses will be recruiting additional members of seasonal staff in the run up to the Christmas period. These new recruits may not have the same level of fire safety awareness as permanent members of staff, and may not be aware of the steps needed to protect themselves, their customers and colleagues. It's also a good opportunity to remind existing staff of the importance of fire safety. This year's message for businesses is 'Keep it SIMPLE and Safe' and offers the following SIMPLE reminders: • Store stock safely: keep corridors, stairs and exits clear• Identify fire alarm points so you can warn others• Make sure fire doors are closed to stop fires...

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Fire: Mainpoint Fire Protection use innovative solution for fire protection in old boot repair premises

Written by RSS Poster PlumisAutomist
Plumis – Automist was installed by Mainpoint Fire Protection as a key part of an alternative fire protection scheme which was required because the refurbishment of a 1930’s factory into three buildings did not allow sufficient access for the fire brigade in the event of a fire. Building Regulations Fire Safety (Part B) Section 11, paragraph 2 states that: “There should be vehicle access for a pump appliance to within 45m within the dwelling house.” 103 St Mary’s Road in Oxford had been the boot repair department of Oxford Co-operative Society until it closed in the 1970’s. It remained derelict until SM Developments bought the building with a view to transforming it into 3 houses. The 2 dwellings furthest away from the entrance did not allow sufficient access to allow the fire brigade’s hoses to be extended therefore Oxford City Council Building Control officers stipulated the installation of a fire suppression system.


Steven Moss, the MD of the...

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Fire: Plumis Automist facilitates conversion of Art Deco houses

Written by RSS Poster PlumisAutomist
Plumis Automist has been used to provide an innovative fire safety solution for the conversion of a stunning collection of Art Deco houses in Twickenham, midway between the River Thames and Twickenham stadium. The architects, ABA Group of Sunbury on Thames, were keen to preserve the period features whilst achieving the contemporary design they envisaged. The 8 2-bedroom houses all comprised a large, open plan reception room opening onto a kitchen at ground floor level with 2 large double bedrooms on the first floor. The proposed designs provided no separation to protect the escape route.


ABA Group Ltd worked with the appointed Building Control officers to meet the fire safety requirements of the Building Regulations but they were very anxious that the solution did not compromise the high-specification open plan design of the apartments. They discovered Automist and called in Bracknell-based Vapourmist, the accredited installers for the system who provided a design and install service.




Automist gave...

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Fire: Viable alternative to residential sprinklers for multi-million pound building

Written by RSS Poster PlumisAutomist
Plumis Automist has been used to provide an innovative, best value fire protection solution for a multi-million pound Victorian terraced house in Kensington, London. The prestigious three-storey building was to incorporate a contemporary design, including a loft conversion and an open plan staircase at ground floor level. Building Regulations require that in such cases where a separated escape route is not provided, an active fire suppression system such as sprinklers must be used. However, the architects were concerned that a sprinkler installation would have multiple consequences for the clean lines of the design.

Daniel Smith MIFSM MIFPO, Commercial Director at Blue Light Safety had installed Automist, a pre-engineered water mist system, in similar applications and was confident that a three-pump Automist system would meet his clients’ requirements. The installation proved rapid, and was less expensive than sprinklers. The process was also simplified by Automist’s modest...

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Fire: Plumis Automist provides fire protection in open plan student accommodation

Written by RSS Poster PlumisAutomist
 An innovative fire protection system was used at three new build flats in Leicester at the end of last year. Sheila Grieff, West Manor Student Living’s Property Manager advised that the flats were going to be used for student accommodation. Open plan living is becoming increasingly popular,  increasing room sizes by incorporating circulation areas and letting in more light.  In this case, all 3 flats were open plan and two of the flats had escape routes through a common room.  BCK Contracting Ltd, accredited, approved installers of Plumis Automist systems in the Midlands were asked to provide a quotation. Charlene Johnson, BCK’s Company Secretary, explained, “Leicester City Building control had initially recommended the installation of fire sprinkler systems. However, the flats were completed before the sprinklers were fitted.  As a result, BCK recommended 3 Automist systems which enabled the retrofit of fire protection without additional construction works.”


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