Fire chiefs back sprinkler campaign

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West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is once again supporting the national Fire Sprinkler Week which is in its second year running.

Led by the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) the week runs between March 16 and 22.

The objectives are:

To encourage businesses to consider how fitting sprinklers can help to protect their valuable assets (people, buildings, machinery and supplies) from fire, or can mitigate the effects that a fire has upon their assets, helping them to achieve business continuity.

To encourage schools and other educational establishments to fit sprinklers, allowing them to potentially minimize the major impact that a fire can cause their students, staff and community.

To promote the economic, social and business benefits of having sprinklers to business owners and leaders and to dispel some of the myths about sprinklers.

CFOA is working with the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association (BAFSA), the Business Sprinkler Alliance (BSA), the Local Government Association (LGA), the National Fire Sprinkler Network (NFSN) and other partners to promote sprinkler benefits.

WYFRS and its officers actively promote and recommend the installation of sprinkler systems or other Automatic Water Suppression Systems (AWSS) in all premises where their inclusion will support our aim of Making West Yorkshire Safer.

Paul Clayton, Fire Engineering Supervisor for WYFRS, said: “At the design stage of any building it is always worth giving full consideration to the benefits that a suitable water suppression system can bring.

“Besides the obvious safety benefits, the ability for a business to survive a fire and to be back up and running within a relatively short time should never be overlooked.”

For advice regarding the installation of sprinklers contact the Fire Engineering and Planning department on 0113 387 4397.