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Sprinkler Save : Hotel, Gateshead

Three fire appliances from Tyne & Wear F&RS were called to a fire which occurred at 0541hrs on the morning of Friday 19th May  when a frying pan had been left on an induction hob at a servery in a hotel at the Metro Centre, Gateshead.

The fire alarm activated and the building was safely evacuated. The heat was sufficient however to activate a single sprinkler head above the servery and this extinguished the fire prior to the arrival of the fire crews.

 They then proceed to use PPV to ventilate the area and engage in 'salvage' operations to remove water and debris.

 The restaurant reopened to customers that evening.

BAFSA with London Fire Brigade will running a seminar focussed on fire protection inhotels on 4th December in London. To register your interest to attend please email


Exciting programme confirmed for seminar on 25th May

With just a week to go, BAFSA and Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service are delighted to confirm a progrmme of speakers which are guaranteed to inspire an dinform delegates attending the "Sleeping risks and new community challenges" seminar on 25th May at Branston Golf Club in Staffordshire.

09:15         Registration & refreshments

09:45         Welcome from Staffordshire Fire Engineering and Fire Suppression Lead, Stuart Ruckledge

10:00         High rise sheltered housing – Marc Goldby shares a recent retro fit project carried out by Bromford Group

10:35         Protecting families, communities and businesses in modern developments and new communities – Stewart Kidd, BAFSA

11:10         Tea/Coffee

11:25         Low and medium rise flats – Stoke on Trent City Council’s Richard Steel describes the recent retro fitting sprinkler projects in blocks of low rise flats

12:00         New Developments – Shaun Bennett ofDerby Homes explains the decision to fit sprinklers in their new developments

12:30         Bupa UK – Thomas ‘Mac’ Eaton, BUPA’s Fire Safety Advisor discusses their policies of fitting fire suppression in both new build and existing housing

13:00         Networking Lunch

13:45         Sprinkler Demonstration

14:00         Sprinkler reliability & effectiveness – Steve Mills, BAFSA

14:30         Sprinklers & sleeping risks – Stuart Ruckledge of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service assesses the benefits to residents and firefighters

There are a few places left for this seminar and you can book yours here

Good luck to all

It is three years since BAFSA delivered its ‘Vision for the Future’ which led on to the successful development of a competency based qualification for fire sprinkler installers. The IQ Level 2 Certificate in Fire Sprinkler Installation (QCF) is a qualification aimed at individuals employed in the fire sprinkler industry and is intended for people employed in installing fire sprinklers to develop the knowledge and competences necessary to meet the industry standards for the installation role.

At The Manchester College, 13 new students have commenced their journey along a path to increased knowledge, greater skills and the L2 Sprinkler Installation Certificate.

We wish good luck to students and thank you to the BAFSA members spnsoring them:

Shaun Blanchflower, Tyco; Nicola Bowker and Jordan Kendal, JJ Sprinklers; Connor Burrows and Jordan Heap, Ad Sprinklers; Nathan Eckersley, Hall Fire Protection; Callum Harmer, Armstrong Priestley; Joshua Herrod and Connor Mackay, Hall & Kay Fire Engineering; Nathan Passmore, Vipond Fire; Sam Slack, UK Sprinklers.

The role call for this intake includes 2 non BAFSA members and we wish both Simon Hutler of Illingworth Fire and David Tudor of Plumbeco every success.

With 24 students enrolled in 2015 the first year of qualification delivery, 21 enrolled in 2016, this year, 2017, has seen 26 enrolments across the two colleges, The Manchester College and Neath Port Talbot Group College with further requests for courses to be delivered in other areas of the UK.  

Expressing her delight, Ruth Oliver BAFSA’s Skills & Qualifications Adviser said “The hard work BAFSA and the Skills & Development Committee have undertaken over the last few years is showing results in a continuing demand for this qualification. However, we cannot rest as we must ensure the qualification is continually supported to remain fit for purpose and available to the industry”

Whilst enrolments for the qualification were initially received only from BAFSA companies, the 2017 courses have seen three non BAFSA companies enrolling employees, with one being a sub-contractor within the industry.

“To see non BAFSA members enrolling on the qualification is a much welcome added bonus as it means that, in terms of the qualification, the word is spreading and that can only be positive for BAFSA and the industry as a whole” Ruth added.

In total, over the three years, 21 companies have enrolled employees and whilst the industry is male dominated the course has welcomed two female students during 2016 with a further enrolment this month. Enrolments have been received from those with little experience to those who have considerable experience and with the youngest student being 17 the qualification has no upper age limit. The course was design to provide the skills and knowledge required to work in the sector irrespective of age.


Sprinkler Save : factory, Leicester

Workers were evacuated from an industrial unit in the early hours of 4th May, due to a fire thought to be caused by an electrical fault. Fire-fighters were called to a printers in Tollwell Road, in Beaumont Leys, Leicester, at 0200hrs. One appliance from Western Station, one from Birstall and one from Eastern attended. Staff had left the premises by the time firefighters had arrived.

The fire involving three compressors and one electric motor on a mezzanine floor caused severe fire damage.  There was also heavy smoke damage to the first floor and light smoke damage to ground floor of the building. It is reported the fire was out by 0250hrs.

A spokesman for Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service said the cause was believed to be accidental due to an electrical fault. They went on to say that "Two breathing apparatus were in use. And the fire was extinguished using hose reel jet and the factory sprinkler system . The electrics were isolated and property ventilated."

As reported in the Leicester Mercury

Class action against Blazemaster dismissed

Lubrizol have issued the following statement:

You may be aware of a recent federal lawsuit that was filed on behalf of a class of Florida condo associations and building owners, against many members of the fire sprinkler industry, alleging BlazeMaster® pipe defects. As you will recall, the plaintiff's counsel made several predictions in media channels, press conferences and releases about the impact this suit would have on the non-metallic fire protection industry.


  1. The class action lawsuit, which was filed by lawyers at the firms of Colson Hicks and Siegfried Rivera, was dismissed very early in the proceedings,without a class being certified
  2. The lawsuit was not settled. It was dismissed against all members of the fire sprinkler industry
  3. With the voluntary dismissal of the lawsuit, the plaintiff's counsel's press campaign and claims of a possible billion dollar verdict against the fire sprinkler industry have amounted to sensationalism
  4. Our position has been and continues to be that properly installed and maintained BlazeMaster pipe and fittings provide safe and reliable fire protection. As the inventor of CPVC for use in fire protection systems, we are confident no other brand offers the advice and cooperation needed for the successful growth of your business than does BlazeMaster Fire Sprinkler Systems. We remain a product and company you can rely on, backed by a team of professional CPVC experts who educate the marketplace on proper installation, chemical compatibility, and codes and standards.