Merseyside fire authority chairman backs sprinkler campaign

Sprinklers will be fitted in homes with vulnerable occupiers

Sprinklers will be fitted in homes with vulnerable occupiers

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WATER sprinklers will be retro-fitted in the homes of vulnerable people who might be at risk from fire hazards.

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority has agreed to direct funds towards the project which aims to provide sprinklers, a tannoy and intercom and firefighting equipment in at least one high rise block in each of Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service’s five districts.

Authority chairman Councillor Dave Hanratty said: “The Fire Authority has agreed to Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service working with Registered Social Landlords who will retro-fit sprinkler systems to buildings where more vulnerable residents are living, including blocks of flats. A particular focus is the elderly and those at greater risk of experiencing fire.

“Sprinkler systems will also contribute towards firefighter safety as they can stop fires spreading. We will be supporting RSLs during the installation and they will pay for the running cost and maintenance of the sprinkler systems.

“The benefit of sprinklers and the impact they have suppressing fires and limiting a fire spreading is a topic I am passionate about.”

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