Welsh Sprinkler Legislation comes into force


A new law requiring that all new and converted homes in Wales be fitted with sprinklers has come into force, the first of its kind anywhere in the world.

CFOA Vice-President Dave Etheridge attended an event at the Welsh Senedd on January 12th to celebrate the introduction of the new law. The event was hosted by Ann Jones AM, who was one of the key drivers behind the campaign to see the legislation introduced.

Speaking after the event Dave said;

“This is a momentous occasion for Wales and means it is now a world leader in terms of domestic fire safety. I hope that the other governments in the UK will now follow Wales’s lead in requiring these life saving devices in more buildings. My congratulations to Ann Jones for her commitment to introducing this legislation; it has taken many years but I’m delighted all her hard work has finally paid off.”

Sprinklers are the most effective means of suppressing a fire once it starts, restricting its growth  and often putting it out all together. They dramatically reduce the likelihood of death or injury from a fire, and also make it much safer for firefighters to tackle an emergency once they arrive.

Sprinklers also use much less water than a conventional firefighting response, and lead to significantly less water and smoke damage – it is a Hollywood myth than all sprinklers activate at once; they will only go off where a fire has occurred.

For more information on the new legislation, visit the Welsh Government website.


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.