brandonlewisDSFRSThe Fire Minister has found out about a new programme providing fire and rescue services with information to support landlords is working in practice after visiting Tiverton Fire station this week [15 May].

After his visit, Brandon Lewis said: “I like to get out and visit [reatined fire stations] as it gives me a different feel for how the fire service works - rather than sitting in a board room talking about it. Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service do great work and we need to spread this good practise around. I think it’s important to the entire country what Devon & Somerset are doing with Firemark they are really leading the way.”

Helping protect tenants from fire
‘Firemark’ was launched following a fatal building fire in 2009. The programme sees DSFRS work with private landlords to help them to protect their tenants primarily, but also their properties which are a major investment for them.

As a result of taking part landlords can receive a certificate and this will enable them for a discount on their rented property insurance.

Councillor Mark Healey, Chairman of Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Authority is the Government’s national advocate for fire safety within the rented sector. He will be promoting Firemark to social and private sector landlords across the UK as part of the Fire Kills Campaign. 

Grant reductions
Reacting to the visit, Chief Fire Officer Lee Howell said: “We are fortunate today to have the Fire Minister, Brandon Lewis visiting us at Tiverton Fire Station.

"It gives us the opportunity to spend some time with him and make sure he is aware of the grant reductions that we’ve had applied to us already, but prepares more importantly how we’re going to move forward next time and hopefully inform future grant reduction decisions."