sprinklerA partnership project between Dorset Fire and Rescue and Magna Housing to retro fit sprinklers at supported accommodation in Dorchester means that up to seven young lives could be saved.

With both services contributed towards the cost of the sprinklers system, means that the current and future tenants of the accommodation will benefit.

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service Business and Partnership Engagement Officer Emma Turner, said: “In May 2012, a serious fire occurred at the premises. The occupant of the fire affected room was lucky to escape and was treated on the scene for smoke inhalation. Emergency procedures were followed and all other occupants were able to leave the building safely. Whilst no one was injured, the fire damage was severe, resulting in the occupants’ belongings being destroyed. Should anything like this happen again, the new sprinkler system will activate in the affected room and will put the fire out.

“We have shown our commitment to the promotion and use of sprinklers within Dorset’s buildings by providing 50% of the cost of the sprinkler system and working in partnership with Magna Housing. We are committed to delivering this initiative to protect our communities and are currently working with other housing providers who are interested in this approach.”

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David Aldwinckle, Magna director, said: "We take fire safety in our properties very seriously and were pleased to work with the fire service on this project. We look at the type of property and who is living there and identify what measures are most appropriate for keeping them safe. Hopefully the sprinklers will never be used, but it is good to know that they are there in case of a fire."

Last year DFRS’s Chief Fire Officer Darran Gunter commissioned the Domestic Sprinkler Project to explore new ways in which the Service could use sprinklers in its prevention activities, helping to meet the ever evolving needs of Dorset’s communities. The grant funding was arranged and successfully delivered as a direct result of the project.