School ‘could have been saved’ with sprinklers

School ‘could have been saved’ with sprinklers

A DAGENHAM school that burned down recently may have survived the fire if sprinklers had been fitted, according to London Fire Brigade (LFB).

Evening Standard reported on LFB’s perspective on the fire at Roding Primary School in Dagenham last week, which ‘burnt to the ground’ after the blaze broke out on Tuesday morning. Around 80 firefighters attended the fire, which took three hours to get under control, and parents of the 1,300 children at the school ‘are now faced with weeks of disruption’ due to the destruction of the buildings and the site being made ‘safe for children to return’ to.

LFB stated that the fire was a ‘clear example’ of why sprinklers should be fitted in schools, with deputy assistant commissioner Lee Drawbridge commenting: ‘There could be no clearer example of why sprinklers in schools are so important as they could have significantly reduced the damage and impact of this fire. Fires in schools cause major disruption to pupils’ learning and often lead to costly repairs.

‘Sprinklers use on average 90 per cent less water than hoses and so not only stop fires developing but also prevent costly water damage. London’s firefighters are called to more than 80 fires in schools every year and in most cases, sprinklers are not fitted – meaning millions of pounds are wasted repairing fire and water damage.

‘Crews were faced with a serious blaze when they arrived at the school and worked very hard to bring it under control but given the intensity of the fire, there is, unfortunately, significant damage to the school.’