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Work has been completed on sprinkler installation in Lichfield high rise

4/7/2017

Work has now been completed on a sprinkler system in David Garrick Gardens in Lichfield.

“It is fantastic to see the first installation complete. We are now one step closer to getting all the high rise buildings in Staffordshire fitted with these life saving installations."

Fire Engineer and Fire Supression Lead Stuart Ruckledge

The installation began in February and was the first building to have the sprinklers retro-fitted as part of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Community Sprinkler Project which aims to have sprinklers installed at all 41 of the medium to high rise buildings in the county.

The blocks contain 63 flats which now all have sprinklers fitted thanks to the working partnership with Bromford Housing Group.

Fire Engineer and Fire Suppression Lead, Stuart Ruckledge said: “It is fantastic to see the first installation complete. We are now one step closer to getting all the high rise buildings in Staffordshire fitted with these life saving installations.

“We have already seen evidence in Staffordshire of how effective these systems are and how much they minimise fire and smoke damage. More importantly the likelihood of someone dying in a fire is dramatically reduced with these sprinklers. They make homes far safer to live in and reduce the risks to firefighters should they attend a fire in one of these buildings.

“It is great to see the first installation is such a success and we have already moved onto other buildings in the county.

“We would urge any housing associations, providers or building owners to have these sprinkler systems retro-fitted and include them in any future building plans.”
Russ Fowler, Bromford’s director of commercial, said: “The safety and security of our customers has always been our number one priority and is something we review continuously. Many of the residents living at David Garrick Gardens are vulnerable and so for us, as part of our drive to provide the right home for every customer, this modernisation project was a complete no-brainer and we’ve enjoyed working closely with them throughout.

“Our partnership with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has also been excellent and it is this joined-up approach that ensures we are at the forefront of making the very best decisions when it comes to the safety of people living in our homes.”

There will be an official opening on Friday July 7 to celebrate the completion of the installation.