Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Sprinkler scheme making homes safer

Homes in four blocks of flats will be safer thanks to sprinkler suppression systems to be fitted through the Service’s match funding scheme.

Brook House and Bockingham Green, both in Basildon, Mornington House, in Southend and Parkside Court in Chelmsford are all set to have sprinkler systems fitted in the coming months.

They are the first four buildings to benefit from a matched funding scheme ECFRS launched last year which will see the Service helping to fund the installation of sprinkler suppression systems in existing blocks of flats.

The 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 Paul Hill said: “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.

“We have put our money where our mouth is and pledged to provide match funding up to £50,000 per project to retrofit sprinkler suppression systems in homes around the County.

“The first four successful bids have already been awarded and work is either underway or set to start soon.”

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