Derbyshire expresses inquiry and review support
THE COUNTY’S fire authority stated its support for the Grenfell inquiry and the building regulations review in a meeting.
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service (DFRS) stated that at the meeting of the authority, it ‘acknowledged the Government’s response in quickly establishing’ the inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire, as well as welcoming the review into building regulations. Additionally, it ‘endorsed’ the work of chief fire officer and chief executive Terry McDermott, who is national lead for automatic water suppression systems for the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC).
Mr McDermott is also chair of the National Fire Sprinkler Network, and the authority endorsed his work ‘in providing authoritative information on the benefits of sprinkler systems and how sprinklers can play a significant role in saving life and property from the devastating effects of fire’.
Kevin Buttery, councillor and chair of the authority, commented: ‘Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Authority requests that the Government considers, along with the findings of the Public Inquiry, all recommendations the Review makes in respect of prioritising the development and implementation of a more robust regulatory system to ensure buildings are safe and remain safe.
‘The Authority has long recognised the lifesaving benefits of sprinkler systems and as such plays a key leadership role in promoting a better understanding of the benefits of sprinklers as part of a core commitment to reducing the impact of fire on people, property and the environment in Derbyshire. The Authority also welcomes the additional £1.5million funding provided by the Government for essential mental health support to the Emergency Services through MIND’s Blue Light Programme.
‘I am confident that I will have the continued support of my colleagues on the Fire and Rescue Authority and also the support and professionalism of an outstanding workforce across the whole of Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service to continue to deliver an excellent fire and rescue service, not only working to Make Derbyshire Safer, but also as a driving force in fire safety nationally.’
Mr McDermott said: ‘Extensive data analysis from 2,294 real incidents shows that sprinklers are highly reliable and effective at saving lives and also reducing the damage to property and the environment. They work as intended in 94% of cases and control or extinguish fires in 99% of cases. This research highlights the effectiveness of sprinklers and underlines why I will continue to work with both internal and external ‘Key Influencers’ to introduce standards and legislation that will safeguard people and the community from the threat of fire.’