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Braintree: Nationwide sprinkler campaign following John Ray fire
1:38pm Friday 27th September 2013 in News
The chief fire officer of Essex has launched a nationwide sprinkler campaign following the John Ray Infants fire.
David Johnson is spearheading a campaign to change planning law to make the installation of sprinklers compulsory in homes and other high risk premises such as schools.
It follows the huge blaze at the Notley Road school on August 31 which destroyed the majority of the buildings and means they will have to be rebuilt.
He has written to all MPs asking them to back his campaign.
He said: "It is a simple fact that sprinkler systems are by far the most effective tool in helping prevent a fire from developing and undoubtedly save lives,” he told MPs
“As such, we seek your support in this regard and ask that you write to Brandon Lewis MP, who has ministerial responsibility for the Fire Service and urge him to seek a change to the current planning law making the installation of sprinklers compulsory in domestic dwellings and other, high risk premises.”
On September 4 members of the Essex Fire Authority passed a motion recommending that: “Any further school built in Essex should have a sprinkler system included.
"All consultations from planning authorities for new schools, care homes, hospitals, HMO’s, student accommodation or residential accommodation for the elderly or vulnerable will receive a recommendation to include the provision of a sprinkler system.”
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has also created a £250,000 fund for the retro fitting of sprinklers in high life-risk premises to support a high profile campaign promoting the benefits of water suppression systems.
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