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Helping the Salvation Army stay fire safe

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service will be working with The Salvation Army to provide fire safety advice for all of its locations in the UK.

Today marked the signing of a Primary Authority Agreement which sees the Service and charity working together to create a fire safety framework to use across all Salvation Army locations. The Service will also be a single point of contact for fire safety regulation and advice in the UK.

The scheme has been created as part of the Government’s Better Business for all agenda, it allows organisations to work with one fire and rescue service throughout England and Wales  to create clear and consistent fire policies across all their sites and allowing a close and productive working relationship to develop between them and the fire service.

Under the agreement ECFRS will assist The Salvation Army in achieving a high level of safety compliance at all of their sites.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Paul Hill said: “We are very pleased to sign this agreement with The Salvation Army and look forward to working with them to create clear and consistent regulatory framework which will help them maintain excellent standards of fire safety at all their sites.

“The Salvation Army are a huge organisations with tens of thousands of members, thousands of employees and dozens of sites and we look forward to helping them stay fire safe as they carry out the fantastic work they do to help communities across the country.

“We have already signed a similar agreement with Care UK. Both the Salvation Army and Care UK are organisations which dedicate themselves to helping and caring for people and communities in the same way that we do and that is why we have chosen to work with these organisations.”

The Salvation Army’s Chief Secretary Colonel David Hinton said: “We are committed to taking fire safety seriously across our organisation, and look forward to working with Essex County Fire and Rescue Service for their expertise, advice and support in this area.”

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