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Mornington House get sprinklers thanks to ECFRS scheme

Mornington House in Westcliff has become the second residential block in the county to be fully fitted with a sprinkler suppression system thanks to the Service's match funding scheme.

Sprinklers have been fitted to all 50 flats and communal areas in the four storey block with ECFRS providing match funding of £50,000 to the scheme.

ACFO Paul Hill and EFA Vice Chair Ann Holland joined residents and representatives from South Essex Homes and Triangle Fire Systems at a celebratory get together to mark completion of works.

It becomes the second block of flats in the county to benefit from the Service's match funding scheme. ECFRS has pledged £250,000 to help make sure that homes where the most vulnerable people live are protected by sprinkler systems. The funding is available to local authorities, housing associations and charities. Those at highest risk are given priority access to the fund.

Mornington House was the scene of a devastating fire in 2007 which led to the entire block being evacuated for the weekend and caused extensive damage to seven flats meaning tenants had to be re-homed elsewhere.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Paul Hill said: “We are extremely pleased to be here today to hand over the cheque and to see for ourselves the new sprinkler system.

“Simply put sprinklers provide the best fire protection available. They are proven life savers, there are no recorded cases of multiple fire deaths in premises where sprinklers are fitted.

“The sprinklers are unobtrusive and you are more likely to win the lottery than an accidental sprinkler actuation.”

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