Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Sheltered housing in Colchester get sprinklers

Enoch House in Colchester now has sprinklers fitted thanks to part funding by Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.

The sheltered housing scheme in Magnolia Drive, Colchester has 36 flats and is run by Colchester Borough Homes on behalf of Colchester Borough Council.

Following an extensive refurbishment project, the building and individual flats now have the excellent fire protection of sprinklers.

The sprinkler systems work automatically, so if a fire breaks out the system sprays water into the affected room to contain and extinguish the fire.

Chief Fire Officer Adam Eckley said:

“Simply put, sprinklers offer the best fire protection available. They prevent fires from spreading by containing them to the room where they break out and often will completely extinguish a fire almost immediately.

“They are also proven life savers, there are no recorded cases of multiple fire deaths in premises where sprinklers are fitted.

“It is fantastic that Colchester Borough Council have taken these steps to protect their residents, and we are pleased that with our help these homes now have the best fire protection available.”


Cllr Tina Bourne, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Communities, said:

“The refurbishment of Enoch House is a wonderful partnership project providing secure tenancies and safe accommodation for many of the Borough’s older and more vulnerable residents.

“On behalf of Colchester Borough Council and Colchester Borough Homes, I would like to thank the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service whose part-funding of the new sprinkler system will continue to ensure residents feel protected in their new homes.”

A common myth with sprinkler systems is that they might be triggered accidentally, but in fact you are more likely to win the lottery than for the system to accidentally activate.

Sprinkler systems can be fitted in any type of building: businesses, schools, flats and homes. Find out more about sprinklers and how they can protect your property from fire, on the fire service’s website here:


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