The signing of a lead fire authority partnership scheme between Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service (DFRS) and South Yorkshire Housing Association (SYHA), a charitable, not-for-profit organisation, marks a landmark in fire safety, says the brigade.

Derbyshire's Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive, Sean Frayne and South Yorkshire Housing Association's Chief Executive, Tony Stacey signed a joint agreement that will provide many benefits to SYHA, DFRS and other fire authorities, ultimately providing an enhanced fire safety protection service. The agreement is the first of its kind working towards the promotion of domestic sprinklers being fitted into all new residential dwellings. Benefits include:

  • DFRS will provide a Liaison Officer from within the Fire Protection Department who will act as a single point of contact for both parties.
  • DFRS will offer advice to SYHA in relation to all new build projects and will be available for consultation for projects that may fall outside of the Derbyshire area.
  • SYHA will champion the promotion of domestic and residential sprinkler systems or other fire suppression systems within its own premises, and encourage fitting within its private housing stock. SYHA, founded in 1972 manages more than 6,000 homes throughout Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and North Derbyshire. They are the largest provider of Care and Supported Housing in the Region being voted Regional Social Landlord of the Year at the Housing Excellence Awards in 2011.
  • SYHA will enable DFRS to be represented on national Registered Social Landlord committees, meetings and forums.

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive, Sean Frayne said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for both Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service and South Yorkshire Housing Association to work together to provide an excellent fire prevention service, ultimately working together to reduce the risk of fire and safeguarding lives.

"South Yorkshire Housing are keen to work with my officers to promote the use of domestic sprinkler systems, this can only be seen as a step forward in providing valuable fire protection and working towards providing homes for life."


Posted May 8th, 2012 at 1510 by Andrew. Comment by emailing: