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Sprinkler project receives commendation

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has received a national commendation for its lifesaving sprinkler project.

The Service received the Bernadette Hartley Memorial Award at a special ceremony yesterday (Wednesday, March 2), after being shortlisted in the Protecting Life and Property category at the National Fire Sprinkler Network awards.

ECFRS has part funded sprinklers in more than 500 properties across the County over the last three years and was just one of six organisations from across the UK to be shortlisted for the prestigious award.

Judges were particularly impressed with the work of the Service’s Fire Engineering Department, consisting of Divisional Officer Mark Earwicker and Assistant Divisional Officer Mike Sparrow.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Paul Hill, who was presented with the award by Terry McDermott, chair of the National Fire Sprinkler Network, said: “We have installed sprinklers in hundreds of homes across Essex, improving the safety of the occupants and property.

“Sprinklers do not only improve the safety of residents, they also provide protection to our firefighters.

"ECFRS will continue to work with communities and local authorities to identify vulnerable members of our communities and will continue to do everything we can to ensure their safety.

"We are delighted with the award, which recognises the Service’s ongoing commitment in making the County a safer place to live."

Terry McDermott, chair of the National Fire Sprinkler Network, said: “We know of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s on-going and long serving commitment to the promotion of fire sprinklers as a means of protecting life and property.

“The Service’s backing for and active promotion of sprinklers has also been extraordinarily generous and successful.”

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