CFOA calls for legislation to help protect businesses

GM1_6641The Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) is calling upon the Government to provide an incentive for businesses to install fire sprinklers and reduce stamp duty in new or renovated commercial properties that are fitted with sprinklers.

The move has been proposed as part of the Local Government Association (LGA) and CFOA’s document: The Fire and Rescue Service: ‘Making our nation safer’, which lays out a number of challenges to a new Government.

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With fire and rescue services across the country taking part in Fire Sprinkler Week this week (16-22 March) the benefits that fitting automatic fire sprinkler systems can provide to businesses and educational establishments, in helping to achieve business continuity, will be highlighted.

The CFOA and LGA proposals estimate that a reduction in Stamp Duty would save the public purse £32 million, with a potential benefit to the UK economy of between £59 and £211 million. A copy of the document with cost breakdowns and outcomes of the proposals can be found onthe CFOA or LGA websites.

In addition to the LGA, CFOA is working with the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association (BAFSA), the Business Sprinkler Alliance (BSA), the National Fire Sprinkler Network (NFSN), and the Fire Protection Association (FPA) to promote sprinkler benefits.

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