The Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive for East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, Des Prichard, has given his full support to the National Fire Sprinkler Network and other fire and rescue services who are appealing for fire sprinklers to be fitted in all new-build residential properties. The move follows a fire in Brighton at the weekend in which a 52 year-old man died.

The National Fire Sprinkler Network is a non-profit organisation, which works in partnership with all of the UK's fire and rescue services along with local, national and European governments. Their objective is to stop unwanted and unnecessary deaths and injuries from fires in domestic properties by having automatic fire sprinkler protection systems installed in all new-build properties.

In Wales, legislation requiring the inclusion of domestic sprinkler systems in all new-build residential properties was passed unanimously and received Royal Assent in April 2011. Now the National Fire Sprinkler Network wants this extended to England, Scotland and Northern Ireland and Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive, Des Prichard, is supporting this call.

Des Prichard said: "Fire does not discriminate. It can happen to anyone at any time and has a devastating effect on families and communities. However, there is a lot that can be done to minimise the risk. As well as fitting smoke alarms, installing sprinklers will ensure early intervention to control a fire until the fire service arrives."

He continued: "There needs to be serious consideration given by our politicians and house builders to introduce legislation that makes the fitting of sprinkler systems in homes mandatory, starting with new-build properties, such as what has happened in Wales. Automatic sprinkler systems are exceptionally effective through their ability to control a fire in its early stages, minimising the risk and damage from fire."

An on-line petition has been started calling for fire sprinklers to be made compulsory in all new dwellings. To pledge your support, please visit:  


Posted November 11th, 2011 at 1105 by Andrew. Comment by emailing: