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Sprinkler Save : Retail, London

At around 1600hrs on Thursday 25th May, a fire started due to an electrical fault in a drinks chiller cabinet in a 40m x20m retail unit at the Riverdale Shopping Complex in Hither Green, London. The complex comprises 74 units over a single floor footprint of about 100m x 100m.

There were 10 staff and 20 customers in the shop at the time and all told about 150 persons safely evacuated the centre due to the fire.

Upon arrival. London Fire Brigade personnel deployed breathing apparatus wearers with a hose reel but the fire was being controlled by a single sprinkler head in close proximity to the seat of the fire.

Fire service crews extinguished the fire while the smoke extraction system assisted in clearing the fumes and smoke from the affected area. A stop message was sent after 57 minutes and because of the late hour, the shop reopened the next day.

Sprinkler Save : waste plant, London

At 0420hrs on Thursday 25th May, London Fire Brigade received a call to a fire in a concrete storage area containing loose refuse materials at a waste transfer site in Thamesmead. Six pumps were mobilised to what may have been a protracted incident.

The fire was in about 400m³ of waste material and three sprinkler heads had activated prior to the arrival of the fire service, helping to control the fire. 

The fire was extinguished by the London Fire Brigade using main jets and on site mechanical digger and the incident closed after three and a half hours.

Sprinkler Save : School, Nottingham

Two fire appliances were called to a fire which occurred at 1538hrs on the afternoon of Friday 26th May when a fire started in a first floor toilet block in a primary school in Nottingham.

The school is a new build and opened in 2016 and is owned by the local authority.The fire alarm activated and the building was safely evacuated.

The heat was sufficient however to activate a single sprinkler head above the toilet cubicle involved and this extinguished the fire prior to the arrival of the fire crews. They then proceeded to use PPV to ventilate the area and engage in 'salvage' operations to remove water and debris (environmental protection unit – specialist vehicle) deployed to assist.

Fire and smoke damaged was restricted to minimal and contained within the toilet block. Although it is half term next week the school is expected to open for the new term.


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


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.