Firelink Enewsletter – May 2019
Welcome to January edition of the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service e-Newsletter.
Motorcyclist thanks doctor for saving his life
A Warrington motorcyclist has thanked the doctor who performed emergency open chest heart surgery at the side of the road, saving his life and enabling him to walk his daughter down the aisle on her wedding day.
More than twice the number of people died on Cheshire’s roads in 2018 in comparison to the previous year – and the majority of those deaths could have been avoided.
46 people lost their lives in road traffic collisions in 2018 and already, in 2019, there have been 23 fatalities on our roads – that’s more than one per week.
Investigations into these collisions show that some of the fatalities could have been prevented and that there are five main contributory factors that cause serious road traffic collisions.
Plans for Chester Fire Station
We’re planning to replace the fire station in Chester with a state-of-the-art facility that will serve the city for years to come.
We hope to upgrade the current, ageing building on St Anne Street, and replace it with a new station that would feature modern training facilities, a better working environment, and more space and improved facilities for community engagement.
A previous application was rejected in November last year, on the grounds that it adversely impacted neighbouring properties – though every member on the planning committee agreed the condition of the existing fire station was substandard and that the firefighters and staff working there deserved better. We’ve listened to the feedback and altered the plans accordingly.
National sprinkler week calls for a firefighter in every room
We’re supporting the National Fire Chiefs Council’s (NFCC) 2019 National Sprinkler Week campaign.
The NFCC and the National Fire Sprinkler Network (NFSN) carried out research to investigate the effectiveness and reliability of sprinkler systems. They found that sprinkler systems operate on 94 per cent of occasions, demonstrating very high reliability. Furthermore it is evident that when they do operate they extinguish or contain the fire on 99 per cent of occasions and are thus very effective. The evidence also demonstrated that in both converted and purpose built flats, sprinklers are 100 per cent effective in controlling fires.
There is disparity in building regulations in regard to sprinklers in the UK. Sprinkler laws in Wales and Scotland are much less lenient than in England which means that their communities have more fire protection.
Message Sent By
Ashley Lawton (Cheshire Fire , Administrator, Cheshire Fire)