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Staffordshire Fire Service conduct hazard checks on Burton businesses

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 16, 2014

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BURTON businesses will soon be checked for fire hazards under a new scheme being ran by Staffordshire Fire Service.

The plans are being brought in to make the work place safer and at less risk of fire and also to give firefighters knowledge of layouts of buildings should they have to attend a fire.

The visits will play part in providing an electronic database for firefighters to access in an emergency when on the way to the scene of a fire.

The database will show floor plans of the building, mains and gas lines and will show rooms that keep any combustable materials.

Peter Dartford, Staffordshire’s chief fire officer, said: “One of the things that we have to do is make sure that our fire fighters have as much information as they need when they’re dealing with incidents.

The checks provide our firefighters with those details.

We have already got over 1,500 records on the database of major risks across Staffordshire for fire fighters to access and it is regularly updated.

“It’s not about checking if people or business are complying with fire regulations, it’s making sure we’ve got all the information we need and that our fire fighters are fully prepared.”

The visits are carried out by fire fighters themselves and they will give businesses suggestions about what changes they could implement to make buildings safer.

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