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Sprinkler Save : retail, Birmingham

Birmingham's Bullring was evacuated today as firefighters rushed to the scene in Birmingham city centre when a fire broke out at Goldsmiths jewellery store in the Upper West Hall around 1230hrs on 28th April.

Shoppers and staff were told to evacuate the building over the loudspeaker as firefighters and four fire appliances rushed to the scene. The fire is thought to have been started inside bins to the rear of the building, near to the shop's stockroom.

However the fire had been put out by sprinklers in the store moments before firefighters arrived. Thousands of pounds of jewellery have been ruined after a fire at the Bullring today, the Birmingham Mail understands.

The Upper West Mall remained closed to shoppers for around an hour after the alarm was raised with the jewellers and neighbouring shop Boutique closed for the rest of the day.

A statement made by the Bullring shortly before 1400hrs read: "We can confirm that the fire services attended a small fire in one of the retailers in the centre this afternoon. As a precaution the centre was partially evacuated, the centre is now fully open and trading as normal.”

SEMINAR : Sleeping risks & the protection of new communities


Thursday 25th May 0945-1500

Branston Golf Club, Burton Rd, Branston, Burton upon Trent DE14 3DP

Organised by BAFSA in collaboration with Staffordshire F&RS

This free-to-attend seminar will have a dynamic programme examining the use of automatic fire sprinklers :

09:15         Registration

09:45         Welcome from Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant

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         University student accommodation - fitting sprinklers to protect students

1230          One Housing Association's decision to fit sprinklers in their new developments : Shaun Bennett, Derby Homes

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

15:00         Final Q&A

15:15         Close


Sprinkler Save : retail, Southend

Essex F&RS reported a successful sprinkler activation at the Debenhams store in ’The Royals’ shopping centre at Southend on Sea on 25th April.

The fire started at just after 1345hrs  among hanging garments in the ground floor clothing section of the 3-floor store.

Store staff initially tackled the fire with dry powder extinguishers and a hose reel but then 2 pendant heads on the store's sprinkler system activated to prevent further spread. Four Essex F&RS crews were mobilised and the fire was out in about 10 minutes with about 4m² area of fire damage.

In excess of 100 occupants of the store all evacuated safely and the area was cordoned off, allowing the store to reopen for business on the same day.

Sprinkler Save : factory, Birmingham

A fire occurred at around 0600hrs on April 23rd at Concentric Pumps Limited at Gravelly Industrial Park , off Tyburn Road.  Green watch crews from Erdington Fire Station, along with crews from Aston and Ward End sent to the scene following an alarm activation.

Fire crews saw smoke 'issuing from the roof' of the two-storey factory, which was 80m x 165m and forced their way in to the premises. The fire service sent in with six officers using breathing apparatus and two hose reel jets to tackle the blaze at the site.

The fire was found and contained in a ground floor room of the large two-storey factory, which makes hydraulic gear products and diesel engine pumps. The electricity was also isolated.

Extensive damage was caused to the room but the fire was stopped from spreading with the help of the factory’s sprinkler system.

Green watch commander Ade Caulwell said: “The fire was contained by the sprinkler system but there was heavy smoke logging to the building which made locating the source of the fire difficult, as it is in many fires that we attend.

“Investigations have found that the incident was accidental and caused by an overheating machine. The sprinkler system has enabled the business to open as normal on Monday."

Sprinkler Installation course has record number of students

The Manchester College has reported that registrations for the May day release course for the IQ L2 Sprinkler Installation certificate have exceeded expectations by 30 per cent. 

The May cohort of 13 students for this unique course for sprinkler installers, devised by BAFSA and its Skills & Qualifications group, includes two non Bafsa candidates, one being from a subcontractor.

Throughout the development of this course and other skills and career initiatives BAFSA is leading the way in the fire industry ensuring that the sprinkler industry is prepared for the challenges which it faces with regard to ageing workforces, skills shortages and the lack of clearly defined career pathways.

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