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School used as fire safety model

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 18, 2014

30/08/13 GV - Dale St,, Burton GV of The site of the old Christ Church School and the new school in the background.

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A TOUR of a Burton school will be the highlight of a national conference taking place in the town on fire safety engineering.

More than 80 delegates are set to descend on Christchurch Infant School, in Dale Street, today as part of an event, organised by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, which is looking at how the incorporation of sprinklers can make building design more flexible and safe.

Speakers at the conference, being held at Branston Golf Club, off Fairway, will include the head teacher of Christchurch Infant School, Vicky Anderson, as well as experts from the sprinkler industry and the fire and rescue service.

Fire engineer Andrew Brown said: “Sadly schools are at increased risk of fire and the estimated cost of school fires each year has reached £65 million.

“A school fire is significant, not just in financial terms, but also in terms of the devastating effect on the environment and the disruption to students, teachers and families.

“The impact on children’s education is not confined to lost coursework but often includes longer travelling times, disrupted social groups and poorer facilities. So, the fitting of sprinklers at Christchurch Infant School is a welcome decision and we look forward to showcasing the building to demonstrate what a sound investment sprinklers can be.”

“The theme of the conference is fire safety by design and so we will be looking at how the use of fire engineering and sprinklers can reduce the need for other fire safety measures. Sprinklers are often seen as an additional cost, whereas actually they can reduce the overall construction cost by allowing more flexibility in the design of buildings.”

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