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A fire in a high rise building can be one of the most physically demanding and testing incidents a firefighter can attend.
Following the fires at Harrow Court in Stevenage, Lakanal House in London and Shirley Towers in Southampton, the focus of MF&RS has been on improving firefighter safety in tackling high rise fires.
Flambards high rise
flats block in Wirral, which have been visited by Fire Protection. Photo supplied by Carl Rainbird.
The focus has been on assessing and improving the fire precautions in such buildings through audit and advice.
Watch Manager Carl Rainbird, Liverpool South Fire Protection Manager, said: “A safe building is not only dependant on the building construction and fire safety measures within it, but also the management and the involvement of users of that building; for residential premises this may involve a residents association or committee.
“Fire Protection staff, Fire Prevention staff and operational crews should co-ordinate activities and where possible utilise representatives from residents groups to further educate the community, raising fire safety awareness and thereby reducing the risk to members of the public and firefighters.
“As many high rise premises, especially residential buildings, have different layouts and fire safety measures in place, it is essential that local and neighbouring crews view these buildings and gather sufficient detail and information on access and facilities for inclusion in Site Specific Risk Information (SSRI).
“On familiarisation visits, where premises information boxes are present, crews should take the opportunity to check all keys and fobs are available and work as they should.”
A residential High Rise Checklist Sheet is also being trialled in Liverpool District and has been developed to help with high rise visits.
The document is available on the portal under Community Fire Protection / References / High Rise / Documents. The team would also appreciate any comments on the sheet.
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority Deputy Chief Executive Kieran Timmins pictured with Toxteth Fire Fit Hub staff being presented with the cheque from Sport England. Photo: Tony Thomas.
Toxteth Fire Fit Hub is celebrating its new sports project funded through National Lottery money from Sport England’s Community Sport Activation Fund.
It was awarded £194,640 by Sport England for the Active 8 project to develop sports opportunities for 14 to 25-year-olds and activity programmes for adults.
The Liverpool 8 Sports Facility Partnership, which includes the Toxteth Fire Fit Hub, applied for the funding for the Active 8 project. Activities are expected to start in June.
Active 8 is one of 36 projects which have received a share of £5.9 million of funding to support grassroots sport activity across the country.
The project is also receiving support from Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service and housing association The Plus Dane Group.
Watch Manager Carl Rainbird.
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