NFCC reinforces sprinkler stance
THE NATIONAL Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) has reiterated that sprinklers are ‘the most effective way to ensure that fires are suppressed or even extinguished before the fire service can arrive’.
In a statement, the NFCC noted that retrofitting sprinklers in high rise buildings can ‘save lives, reduce injuries, protect firefighters and reduce the amount of damage to both property and the environment from fire’. It has worked alongside the National Fire Sprinkler Network (NFSN) to investigate both the ‘effectiveness and reliability’ of sprinkler systems, finding that systems ‘operate on 94% of occasions, demonstrating very high reliability’.
In turn, their joint report showed that when sprinklers operate, they ‘extinguish or contain the fire on 99% of occasions, meaning they are very effective’, and also found that in converted and purpose built flats, sprinklers are ‘100% effective in controlling fires’. In the NFCC’s belief, sprinklers are an ‘effective part of an overall fire safety solution’, and it contends they can be ‘used efficiently to improve fire safety in a range of new and existing buildings’.
On retrofitting, the NFCC supports the ‘concept’ of ‘risk assessed retrofitting in existing buildings’, and ‘would welcome the prioritisation’ of the building regulations review in order to ‘ensure fire safety requirements keep pace with new building developments’. That opinion also formed part of the NFCC’s submission to the review.