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Chris Bowen, Assistant Director of Development at LMH and Deputy Chief Fire Officer Phil Garrigan at Marwood Towers.
Landlords (RSLs), to retro-fit sprinkler systems to a number of large or complex buildings where people are living.
A particular focus for this initiative is on those groups in society who are at greater risk of experiencing fire.
The sprinkler project in Merseyside was agreed by the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority in 2014 and aspires to have at least one building in each of the five districts in Merseyside retro-fitted with a sprinkler system.
An agreement has now been reached on the fitting of sprinklers in Marwood Towers, Kirkdale Road, in Liverpool, owned by Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH). The sprinklers will be fitted to 57 flats in the 15-storey high risk block and 24 new-build low rise apartments during the major refurbishment of the site.
The project was announced during the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) Fire Sprinkler Week.
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority has agreed to contribute towards the cost of installing the sprinklers at the site, recognising the additional impact that it will have on the safety of its firefighters when responding.
Group Manager Guy Keen, who leads on the sprinkler project, said: “We have seen many fires in Merseyside where fitted sprinklers have prevented the fire from spreading, limiting damage to owners and business, allowing faster business recovery from potentially devastating fires and ultimately saving both lives and livelihoods.
“Sprinklers provide a range of benefits including environmental ones and, if more widely used, could potentially save millions of pounds for our economy.”
The work to install the sprinklers in Marwood Towers will be completed in Spring 2016.
Chief Executive at Liverpool Mutual Homes, Steve Coffey, said:
“Not only does the technology potentially save lives, it also saves a lot of money for organisations by preventing large- scale damage to properties should there be a fire.”
Photo by Lyndsay Young.
A project which aims to increase the number of buildings which have effective sprinkler systems in Merseyside has taken a big step forward.
With a focus on making its communities safer and increasing the number of properties containing a sprinkler system across the county, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is working with Registered Providers, formerly called Registered Social
MYTH: In a fire all the sprinkler heads go off together.
FACT: Only the sprinkler head(s) directly affected by the fire is triggered.
MYTH: Water from the sprinkler causes more damage than the fire.
FACT: Sprinklers attack the fire quickly and directly so less water is needed. As they also operate the fire alarm, the flow can be quickly turned off when the fire is out.
MYTH: A smoke detector will always provide enough protection.
FACT: Operational smoke detectors do save lives, however they do nothing to extinguish a growing fire.
MYTH: Sprinklers go off accidentally.
FACT: The odds of winning the lottery are greater than the 16 million to one chance of a properly maintained sprinkler malfunction.

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