Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue back calls for more proactive approach to the use of sprinkler systems

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service has backed calls for the Government to review the provision of sprinklers in building standards.

Ahead of national Fire Sprinkler Week (3rd to 9th February), the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) launched the proposals with widespread support from MPs, councillors and chief fire officers.

A signed open letter by supporters was sent to government asking for a review as well as a more proactive approach to the use of sprinkler and fire suppression systems.

The sprinkler issue is already a high priority for Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service and it has worked extensively with housing provider Nottingham City Homes to identify which of its properties are occupied by people who are most at risk of fire.

Frank Swann, chief fire officer, said: “For some time now nearly all fire and rescue services across the country have been promoting the use of sprinklers in both domestic and commercial properties.

“Many, like us, have been working alongside partners such as housing providers to ensure sprinklers are either retro-installed as necessary or are included in the plans for new-build properties.

“Although the issue has been on the national agenda for a while, it is important that initiatives like this are used to further promote awareness and understanding, as well as winning support from the Government.

“We are therefore pleased to support Fire Sprinkler Week and will do all we can as a Service to continue to keep this issue at the forefront of people’s hearts and minds.”

Nottingham City Homes is installing sprinklers into some of its high rise blocks and new build bungalows and flats as a result of the proposals.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service has also invested in a number of portable misting systems which will be allocated to some of the county’s most vulnerable residents.