Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS)

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) supported national Fire Sprinkler Week in March by raising awareness of the key role sprinklers play in fire prevention and control.

This year is the second year of the campaign, which is co-ordinated by the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA). CFOA is campaigning for a legal requirement to fit sprinklers in higher risk premises, such as care homes and schools.

Group Manager Chris Bunyan, who manages RBFRS’ fire safety department, said: “There are many myths about sprinklers, for example, that they will go off every time someone burns the toast, or that they are hugely expensive, but this is simply not the case. There are a number of different types of domestic sprinkler systems available, such as portable misting systems. These can be particularly beneficial for vulnerable people, as if a fire should start in the home, it can be extinguished quickly”.

As part of the Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue’s campaign, Station Manager David Sharp invited Surefire to demonstrate the benefits of their portable misting system – UltraGuard, at a special event held within their Assistive Technology Flat. Designed to show the range of alarms, sensors and monitors to help the elderly and vulnerable live safely and securely in their own home, Paul Fitzsimmons adds “UltraGuard is a welcome addition to the technology flat, and we are looking forward to assisting high risk residents within the Berkshire area with this innovative solution”.