More than 20 housing blocks throughout Staffordshire are set to have sprinklers installed this year under Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s (SFRS) Community Sprinkler Project.
It is fantastic to see the project well ahead of schedule and this is thanks to the willingness and commitment to fire safety of our partners, who are keen to work with our support to make sure that residents are as safe from fire as they can be.
The project started in 2016 and planned to work with social housing providers to encourage fitting sprinkler systems in all of the 47 medium and high rise residential buildings in the county in ten years, however the programme is well ahead of schedule with 24 more installations started on Friday, July 6.
SFRS has partnered with Tamworth Borough Council to retrofit these systems in six blocks in collaboration with South Staffs Water. The council are funding the work themselves as part of a major refurbishment project and will be continuing to work closely with the Service whilst they refurbish the six high rise residential buildings.
Work will also begin this month on the first pilot installation in Stoke-on-Trent after Stoke-on-Trent City Council joined the project to have sprinklers fitted in all 18 of their tower blocks.
The City Council is also funding the entire programme which will be completed with the help of their Fire Safety Management Team and SFRS’s Northern Protect Team.
Project Lead, Station Manager Stuart Ruckledge, said: “It is fantastic to see the project well ahead of schedule and this is thanks to the willingness and commitment to fire safety of our partners, who are keen to work with our support to make sure that residents are as safe from fire as they can be.
“Having successfully completed the installation of sprinklers in two buildings in Lichfield last year, we will have 26 properties in Staffordshire covered by these systems within three years. That’s more than half way to our end goal which ultimately will improve the safety of our residents and firefighters should they have to attend incidents in these buildings.
“SFRS have been lobbying for changes in fire regulations and are now working with the National Fire Chiefs Council and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to shape those changes and share our experiences. Thankfully in Staffordshire we have already been supporting our social housing providers to improve fire safety and business continuity in their higher risk residential properties.