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Joint campaign with Liverpool City Council ensures safety of high rise residents

Joint campaign with Liverpool City Council ensures safety of high rise residents


Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service (MFRS) has teamed up with Liverpool City Council to make sure that residents living in high-rise buildings are safe, secure and reassured.

The safety conscious team are targeting residents who live in flats across the city as part of a High Rise Reassurance campaign.

Created as part of MFRS's response to the Grenfell Tower fire, the campaign sees members of the council’s landlord licensing team and MFRS staff visiting high-rise buildings to undertake a comprehensive review of the fire safety measures present in the building.

Fire crews conduct a Site Specific Risk Information gathering process, which identifies the main hazards present in the building. This information is then uploaded to a central system so that every attending fire engine can access this information. They perform a functional test on the rising main (if the building has one). This test ensures that water can be delivered to all floors of the building in case of fire.

They knock on every door in the building to offer a free Home Fire Safety Check (HFSC).The HFSC offers advice and reassurance to residents on fire safety in the home and installation of smoke alarms, if needed. The crews work in tandem with the MFRS Protection department to complete a high rise safety checklist, examines the fire protection systems in the building that exist to protect both residents and firefighters in case of fire.

Compliance officers from Liverpool City Council’s Landlord Licensing department visit and speak with individual residents of licensed properties to ensure that their homes are compliant with the conditions of the licence and they are aware of their rights as tenants.

MFRS Station Manager Chris Parrington said the aim of the campaign is to ensure safer buildings, safer community and safety of firefighters.
“Our officers go through a strict set of checks to ensure these buildings are as safe as possible,” said Chris.

“It is important because it reassures the residents that all the checks have been done and it also allows us to become familiar with the building and its safety features should we ever need to attend in an emergency.”

In total the team is testing more than 150 buildings both in Liverpool and other areas within the city region.

The team anticipates that the full programme of inspections will be completed within the next few months.

Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr Lynnie Hinnigan, said: “People living in high rise flats in Liverpool should feel safe. They should also have the reassurance that if a fire does break out, the facilities are in place to make sure they can get out safely. This campaign is helping us to get across some key messages about fire safety, whilst ensuring that building owners, landlords are tenants are aware of their responsibilities. It’s a perfect example of the city council working in collaboration with other agencies in the city in the best interests of the entire community.”

For more information about Liverpool City Council’s Landlord Licensing Scheme, visit: https://bit.ly/2SQ3MjU

For fire safety advice, or to arrange a Home Fire Safety Check, please call Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service on 0800 731 5958.

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