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Council Services:

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue to give county businesses extra fire safety support

16 June 2017

In a bid to support the county’s businesses, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue is offering extra fire safety advice, support and assistance.

KEEPING YOUR BUSINESS IN BUSINESS

Deputy Divisional Commander Dan Moss, community fire protection manager at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue comments: “We’d like to work more closely with businesses across the county and give them extra support with their fire safety measures.

“We want to work with them to help make their premises safer for their staff and the public, help them improve their compliance with fire safety legislation and help them to develop better levels of servicing and maintenance.

“Whether it’s a business running out of a small industrial unit or a large commercial site, a side-street coffee shop or a licensed premises, we’re here to help. Our free workshops will help business owners understand important fire safety legislation and how to keep their systems compliant and in good working order.”

Workshops will be taking place:
- 20 June at Grantham Fire Station from 2pm - 4.30pm
- 21 June at Lincoln South Fire Station from 2pm - 4.30pm
- 23 June at Boston Fire Station from 2pm - 4.30pm

Businesses can book onto these workshops by calling 01476 565441.

Last year, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue attended over 800 unwanted fire signals (UwFS), such as automatic fire alarm and fire detection systems. These included warehouses, factories, HMOs and care homes, mostly caused by poor maintenance and management.

Dan adds: “We’re hoping by working alongside businesses, we can help them to ensure their fire alarm systems are in line with the latest legislation and working as intended. This should ultimately help our fire crews, as by reducing the number of times we are unnecessarily called out to automatic fire alarms, we will be ready and available to attend actual emergencies.

“Alongside the extra support we are offering businesses, we will also, from 19 June be implementing the proposal laid out in our IRMP in 2016. This proposal, after consultation with the public, was agreed in August 2016.
“We must encourage businesses across the county to take this issue seriously, so we will be working extensively with those who repeatedly have UwFS from their automated system. If we find businesses have made no efforts to improve, and continue to have fire alarms activating falsely, over four times in a 12 month period, we may start to recover our costs for attending.”

The new policy will affect commercial premises/businesses that fall under the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order and not domestic premises.

This policy is part of national drive to reduce the impact of UwFS’s on Fire and Rescue Services, and is currently in use at services across the country, including West Yorkshire, London and Cheshire, amongst others.

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