Sprinklers fitted in Essex sheltered housing
ESSEX FIRE and Rescue partly funded the sprinkler retrofitting at Enoch House in Colchester.
The service stated that the sheltered housing scheme, run by Colchester Borough Homes on behalf of Colchester Borough Council, features 36 flats that recently underwent an ‘extensive refurbishment project’. The building and its individual flats ‘now have the excellent fire protection of sprinklers’, which work automatically, so ‘if a fire breaks out the system sprays water into the affected room to contain and extinguish the fire’.
Adam Eckley, chief fire officer, stated: ‘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.’
Tina Bourne, portfolio holder for housing and communities at the council, added: ‘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.’