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Seminar highlights importance of sprinkler systems

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has signed a landmark agreement with the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association (BASFA) which will see the two organisations working together to promote the benefits of automatic fire suppression systems.

The agreement was signed by ECFRS' Acting Chief Fire Officer Adam Eckley and BASFA General Secretary Stuart Kidd at the Warehousing and Logistics Seminar which took place at ECFRS’ Kelvedon Park HQ on Thursday October 23.

The Service has long been campaigning to see sprinkler suppression systems fitted into more homes and businesses pledging £250,000 in match funding to help make sure that homes where the most vulnerable people live are protected by sprinkler systems. ECFRS has also purchased a number of portable misting systems which can be immediately fitted into the homes of people most at risk of fire

The Warehousing and Logistics Seminar saw a crowd of delegates learn about the excellent fire protection offered by sprinkler systems installed in warehouses and similar industrial buildings.

Acting Chief Fire Officer Adam Eckley said: “I am pleased to say that Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association have agreed to formalise a series of agreements in relation to collaboration and cooperation in the promotion of the wider and more effective use of automatic fire suppression systems.

“Essex was chosen as a location for this conference because a great deal of industrial developments are taking place, not least the huge amount of work ongoing at Stanford-le-Hope where DP World are creating the London Gateway which combines one of Europe’s largest logistics parks with the UK’s most advanced deep-sea port.

“We wholeheartedly believe that automatic suppression systems offer the best fire protection available, and that is why our HQ has a water mist protection system installed. We look forward to working with BASFA in promoting the use and adoption of these systems.”

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