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Fire engineer sits on panel at national conference

May 4 2018

A Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service Fire Engineer was chosen to speak at a national conference and sit on one of their specialist panels.

This was a great opportunity to share some of the things we have learned so far through the Community Sprinkler Project, including the innovative method of installation we recently used incorporating dry risers to feed a sprinkler system at two blocks of flats in Lichfield.

Fire Protection Manager Stuart Ruckledge

Stuart Ruckledge, former Fire Engineer and Fire Suppression Lead, who has recently been promoted to Fire Protection Manager, has headed the Community Sprinkler Project since 2016 and attended the Safe for Life conference, hosted by Project Fire a Staffordshire based organisation, in London on Wednesday May 2. 

He spoke to the attendees about the project and how SFRS aims to get sprinkler systems in all the high and mid rise buildings in the county by 2026. 

Stuart was also a member of the professional panel, answering questions and leading the discussions on innovative ways of keeping people safe. 

Stuart said: “This was a great opportunity to share some of the things we have learned so far through the Community Sprinkler Project, including the innovative method of installation we recently used incorporating dry risers to feed a sprinkler system at two blocks of flats in Lichfield. 

“The event is aimed at increasing the awareness of the impact that fire has to lives, property and business and lobbying for legislation to be changed to requiring sprinklers and fire suppression systems to be installed in all new build residential properties. 

“I feel very humbled to have been asked to sit on the panel at the conference and I enjoyed discussing different topics around fire suppression and the challenges and learning opportunities we will have in the future.”