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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

High-profile Conference Aimed At Social Housing Landlords

1/17/2017

Picture of Sprinkler conference at Staffordshire and rescue Service's Headqauters

Social landlords have been told about the benefits of fitting automatic sprinkler systems in their properties during a high-profile conference at the Service’s headquarters.

“This was a great opportunity for social housing providers to see the positive impact that having automatic fire sprinklers can have, not only on the welfare of the tenants, but also to their businesses. Those who are already fitting the sprinkler systems spoke of their experiences which were highly valuable for everyone who attended."

Fire Engineer and Fire Suppression Lead Stuart Ruckledge

There are currently more than 35 social housing providers in Staffordshire providing accommodation in bedsits, houses, care homes, flats and high rise flats for approximately 75,000 tenants. Typically these people are at a high risk of experiencing a fire in their homes.

To ensure the properties are as safe as possible, the fire and rescue service invited representatives from each of the social landlords to the Staffordshire Social Housing Sprinkler Conference. More than 40 of these representatives attended including several local architects.

The event, held today, was free to attend and was aimed at those responsible for property portfolios, new build and major refurbishment projects within Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.
There were six trade stands and a British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association demonstration unit outside the headquarters to show the actual hardware that was discussed together with a real fire scenario.

Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant opened the conference, which featured five speakers. It identified how the Service can support housing providers in making their properties safer for tenants and help the organisations to become more resilient.
Fire Engineer and Fire Suppression Lead Stuart Ruckledge, who organised the conference, said: “This was a great opportunity for social housing providers to see the positive impact that having automatic fire sprinklers can have, not only on the welfare of the tenants, but also to their businesses. Those who are already fitting the sprinkler systems spoke of their experiences which were highly valuable for everyone who attended.
“Sprinkler systems are heat activated, meaning that as soon as a blaze begins to take hold the sprinklers are instantly switched on to extinguish the flames. This significantly reduces the risk to life as well as minimising damage to property.