A new initiative has got the go-ahead to fit sprinklers into buildings of people more at risk of experiencing a fire in Merseyside.
The announcement was made ahead of the national Fire Sprinkler Week which starts on February 3, 2014. The aim of the week is to focus on the benefits of sprinklers and how they can help protect people from fire.
The week is being supported by Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service along with The Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA).
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority has agreed to put funds towards the project which will see at least one building where people live, in each of the five districts in Merseyside including Liverpool, fitted with a sprinkler system.
The project also aims to provide sprinklers, a tannoy and intercom and firefighting equipment in at least one high rise block in each of Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service’s five districts, representing best practice in fire risk management. Other high rise blocks, identified by risk, are also expected to have sprinklers fitted.
Chair of the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority Councillor Dave Hanratty said: “The Fire Authority has agreed to a new project which sees Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service working with Registered Providers, formerly called Registered Social Landlords (RSLs), who will retro-fit sprinkler systems to buildings where more vulnerable residents are living, including blocks of flats. A particular focus is the elderly and those at greater risk of experiencing fire.
“Sprinkler systems will also contribute towards firefighter safety as they can stop fires spreading and we will be supporting Registered Providers during the installation of the sprinklers. Registered Providers will pay for the running cost and maintenance of the sprinkler systems.
“The benefit of sprinklers and the impact they have suppressing fires and limiting a fire spreading in a building is a topic I am passionate about and I am delighted this project is beginning with the support of our partners.”