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Two Sprinkler Saves : Factory, Peterborough and Tube station, London

Sprinkler Save :  Factory, Peterborough

Firefighters from Stanground, Whittlesey, and Dogsthorpe were called to the fire at the McCain food processing factory in Funthams Lane, Peterborough at 1448hrs on Friday, January 27th.

Sprinklers were activated after the fire started in the food filtration system but it also spread to the roof.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used one hose reel to extinguish the fire and returned their stations by 1620hrs.

The cause of the fire was accidental.


Sprinkler Save : Tube station, London

A busy Tube station was evacuated after smoke billowed from an escalator which had caught fire. Alarms sounded at London Bridge station shortly before midday on Tuesday 31st January and crowds of passengers were ushered outside. The station’s sprinkler system was set off by the smoke and quickly brought the fire under control, London Fire Brigade said.

Four fire engines and 21 firefighters were sent to the scene after the alarm was raised at 1145hrs.

Tube services on the Jubilee and Northern lines were not stopping at the station while officials dealt with the incident and the station reopened at 1235hrs

Journalist Rachel Cary told the Standard: "I was about to jump on the escalator to exit from the Northern Line when the announcement to evacuate started. There were no signs of trouble so everyone just continued at a normal pace. "It wasn't until I was halfway up the escalator that I started to see and smell smoke - that's when people picked up pace and started running out”

A London Fire Brigade spokeswoman said: “Crews were called to reports of smoke issuing from a motor underneath an escalator. The station’s sprinkler system operated and contained the small fire. The station was evacuated before the arrival of the Brigade and Fire crews remained at the scene investigating the cause of the fire into Tuesday afternoon.”

Crews from Dowgate, Dockhead, Old Kent Road and Shadwell fire stations attended.

Another vital BAFSA seminar is confirmed

BAFSA is pleased to announce that it will work with Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service for the third year running to develop a one day seminar.

This seminar : Sleeping risks and new community challenges will be hosted by Staffordshire FRS at their HQ in Pirehill will be held  on Thursday 25th May.

For more information about this event and other BAFSA seminars planned for the first half of 2017 click here

The 2017 sprinkler installation courses are underway

14 trainees have now commenced the L2 Sprinkler Installation course at Neath Port Talbot Group College.

BAFSA members Domestic Sprinklers, Compco and RSP Wales have all put forward students for this innovative course which was devised and launched by BAFSA two years ago.

BAFSA would like to wish all of the trainees good luck with their studies.

Important dates for your diary

Two important free-to-attend events, organised by BAFSA, will be held in March and May

15th March

One-day seminar : Protecting the vulnerable and the elderly from fire

Hosted by London Fire Brigade at LFB HQ, Union Street, London


3rd May

One-day seminar : Protecting new homes and community developments with sprinklers

Hosted by Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service at the Parkside Place Community Fire Station, Cambridge


Click here for more information


Sprinkler Save: recycling plant

A recycling plant in Gateshead was saved from serious damage thanks to a sprinkler system which activated after a fire broke out in the early morning of Monday, 16 January.

Two Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service crews from Swalwell and Gateshead were called to the waste management company’s premises after a compactor bailing machine caught fire shortly after 0500. The fire was caused by tightly compacted waste spontaneously combusting.

The sprinkler system prevented the fire from spreading further and is connected directly to the fire and rescue service, which alerted the control room to the fire. It was extinguished by two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus, using a hose reel.


Area Manager Alan Robson, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “There is no doubt that having an automatic sprinkler system in this building stopped the fire from spreading and prevented potentially severe damage to the property and the business itself. I would encourage all businesses to install sprinklers to protect their premises and staff, the general public and firefighters.”

​A spokesperson for the waste management company said: “The sprinkler system is tested regularly and has proven this week to be invaluable to the business. The fire service response was immediate and their expertise was exemplary. As a business we feel our sprinkler system and our world class fire service is an ongoing partnership which is critical to our business activity.”

Firefighters also used hi-tech Cobra equipment in the final stages of the incident to extinguish the rubbish on fire inside the compactor machine. Cobra uses a high pressure hose reel water jet system, which has the facility to draw abrasive into the water jet and can pierce through all common building materials. It delivers a fine atomised mist into a building or high temperature compartment, cooling fire gases and suppressing fire from outside the compartment. This makes it much safer for firefighters to tackle fires in confined spaces.