Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Southchurch Hostel gets Sprinklers thanks to ECFRS Scheme

A group of hostels have in Southend have had sprinkler fire suppression systems fitted thanks to a to Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s match funding scheme.

The Service has been working with South Essex Homes Limited, who manage the properties on behalf of Southend Borough Council, to provide sprinklers for the five separate units which serve as a refuge for homeless people and families until they find a permanent home.

The units, which are in Southchurch Road, Southend, have had sprinklers fitted throughout the entire building after receiving a total of £90,000 in match funding for the five separate projects. 

The Service handed a cheque to Paul Longman, South Essex Homes Group Manager, Property Services, on Tuesday May 24. 

It is the fifth project in Essex to benefit from the Service’s match funding scheme. Essex County Fire and Rescue Service 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.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Dave Bill said: “We are extremely pleased to be here today to not only hand over the cheque. These properties will be fitted with the best fire protection equipment available: sprinkler suppression systems

“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.

“We have seen for ourselves how they can prevent fires from spreading and taking hold at other building where they have been installed through our match funding scheme so we are delighted to be able to help South Essex Homes, and Southend Borough Council, install sprinkler suppression systems to protect this valuable resource and the people who live here.”

For more information about sprinklers and the match funding click the link here

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