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FiRe SPRinkleR Week
A sprinkler installed. Photo by Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service.
Information days were held during Fire Sprinkler Week for businesses across Merseyside to gain more details about how they can improve Business Continuity at their site by introducing sprinklers.
The days were offered as part of the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) Fire Sprinkler Week 2015. The theme of Fire Sprinkler Week was Business Continuity.
Our Service held a demonstration in 2014 to illustrate the effectiveness of sprinklers in containing fire. Two identical units were constructed to represent a lounge in an average home. Two fires were started and the room without a sprinkler was gutted by fire within minutes.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer Phil Garrigan said: “The Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) endorses the correct installation and use of sprinklers in line with accepted standards as a means of securing life, property and firefighter safety. Sprinklers provide a range of benefits including environmental ones and, if more widely used, could potentially save millions of pounds for our economy.”
New figures were also released to launch Fire Sprinkler Week in Merseyside in March.
Across Merseyside, between January 1, 2011, and February 28, 2015, new figures reveal firefighters in Merseyside attended 16 fires where a sprinkler had contained the flames and six where the sprinkler had extinguished the fire. Out of the 22 fires,
18 fires occurred in business or industrial sites.
Chris Bowen, Assistant Director of Development at LMH, Councillor Dave Hanratty, Chair of Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority and MF&RS Deputy Chief Fire Officer Phil Garrigan.
Since November 2013, all calls from Automatic Fire Alarms are challenged by the Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service (MF&RS) Fire Control room 24-hours a day. In the event of an Automatic Fire Alarm activating, a fire appliance is not being sent unless a fire or physical signs of a fire are confirmed.
The Deputy Chief Fire Officer added: “We have been working with businesses since 2012 ahead of the introduction of our approach to automatic fire alarms to reduce the number of false alarms firefighters attend and we have seen some very good examples where owners, managers and staff have taken these issues seriously.
“Water sprinklers are an incredibly valuable tool in detecting real fires, therefore, automatic fire alarms activated from sprinkler systems will receive an immediate response.
“This campaign is another way we can safeguard the community against the impact of fires on people, property, business and the environment.”
The Chair of Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor Dave Hanratty, said: “Sprinklers have advanced technology and are designed to a very high standard and they are affordable.
“Sprinklers are a topic I am passionate about as I truly believe they can make a great deal of difference protecting people, properties and businesses across Merseyside and further afield.”
Photo by CraigMagee/LMH.

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