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Service shares innovations during National Sprinkler Week

March 9 2018

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is sharing its innovative new sprinkler installations with other services across the country as part of the National Fire Chiefs Council’s (NFCC) National Sprinkler Week, March 12- March 18.

“This conference is a great opportunity to share some of our fantastic work we have been doing with other services throughout the country as part of National Sprinkler Week with the aim of keeping residents not just in Staffordshire but all over the country safe in their homes.

Fire Engineer Stuart Ruckledge

Fire Engineer Stuart Ruckledge will be presenting at the NFCC conference being held at Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service on March 13 to explain the ground breaking use of dry risers to install sprinkler systems into high rise buildings. 

The new method was developed through the Community Sprinkler Project which Stuart has been spearheading since 2016 with the aim of getting all residential buildings of four or more floors in Staffordshire and Stok-on-Trent sprinklered by 2026. 

The Service has already used the dry riser innovation in installations in two tower blocks in Lichfield and is currently working on 33 more installations in the county with housing associations and local authorities. 

Stuart said: “This new design will reduce the time it takes to install a sprinkler system, minimise disruption to the residents, lower the cost of the installation and protect the fire fighters who attend should a fire occur. 

“This conference is a great opportunity to share some of our fantastic work we have been doing with other services throughout the country as part of National Sprinkler Week with the aim of keeping residents not just in Staffordshire but all over the country safe in their homes. 

“This project is a great example of the effective ways that SFRS and local partners have contributed to protecting people from fire in their homes. We have installed several systems in domestic properties that are not high rise building and have also purchased five Personal Protection Systems which protect people who have been identified as being at specific risk from fire.”