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DFRS : Sprinklers Can Save Lives

Sprinkler Flames

8:24am 30th December 2013

Having sprinklers installed in high rise buildings can save the lives of occupants and firefighters.

That's what Dorset Fire and Rescue are hoping to get across at a free seminar being held in February.

In 2010  two Hampshire firefighters died fighting a blaze on the 9th floor of Shirley Towers in Southampton.

An inquest came up with several recommendations to prevent a tragedy like this from ever happening again.

Now Dorset Fire and Rescue want to pass information about sprinklers on to local flat owners, managing agents and developers.

They're holding a free seminar at the Community Safety Centre on Friday 7th February, 2014.

Anyone interested in signing up to the seminar to contact Emma Turner by email (

Emma Turner, Business and Partnerships Engagement Officer at DFRS said: "The seminar will provide a greater understanding of the Coroners Rule 43 recommendations and the impact of this on high rise buildings. As a fire service we promote the use of sprinklers in all buildings and therefore will be exploring the importance of both retro-fitting sprinklers in existing high rise buildings, and retrofitting programmes to all existing high rise accommodation.

"We are really excited to be hosting this seminar and doing what we can to help high rise owners, managing agents, architects and others who feel they would benefit from a better understanding of the fire risks posed by this type of building. The presentations and input will include the Rule 43 recommendations and high rise operational fire service procedures, a live sprinkler demonstration, and a presentation about the ongoing Sprinkler installation projects in High rise premises"  

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