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05-09-19

NFCC welcomes sprinkler review for high-rise homes

The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) has welcomed the announcement of government proposals which will see new high-rise blocks of flats protected by sprinklers and consulting on reducing the building height for requirement of sprinklers, from the current 30 metres (approximately ten floors) and above to 18 metres (approximately six floors) or other relevant thresholds.

Roy Wilsher commented:

“NFCC has lobbied for the more widespread use of sprinkler systems, most recently in our response to the government consultation on Approved Document B in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire.  

We are delighted that government have made this commitment to improving fire safety. This announcement and consultation will go some way to bringing legislation in England closer to that which already exists in Scotland and Wales.

NFCC has played a vital role in providing advice to government and will continue to do so with the announcement of the creation of the Protection Board which I will Chair.

MHCLG, Senior fire leaders, the Home Office and Local Government Association will meet this month for the first Protection Board meeting.

There has been a commitment from MHCLG of £10m investment in fire protection to support the work of the Board, it is hoped that this will support Fire and Rescue Services as they aim to improve building safety..”

Lastly NFCC is pleased to see that at last the government is opening the application process for the £200m fund to accelerate the pace of the removal and replacement of unsafe ACM from privately-owned buildings.  The removal of non-compliant ACM cladding systems is long overdue and we hope to see remediation completed soon.”

NFCC is pleased to see this announcement - which will go some way to help people feel safer in their homes - a right which should be available to all.

MHCLG response

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