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Match Funding With Local Authorities

Success for Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service in its Sprinkler Campaign with Local Authorities

In March 2012, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Authority (DFRA) supported Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Sean Frayne's proposal to provide safer houses for residents of communities within Derbyshire to provide £200,000 funding towards the retrofit of sprinklers in domestic dwellings in the County of Derbyshire. This is based on the criteria that £20,000 would be offered to each council, borough/district (or housing association / arm's length management organisation where council did not own their own property) on the basis that this would be match funded by them up to the same amount.

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service is delighted to announce that nine of the ten local authorities in Derbyshire are now in support of the campaign and have committed to match fund with the Service, giving a total spend of £360,000.00 towards the project.

Local Authorities who have committed include:

  • Derbyshire County Council
  • Derby City (Derby Homes)
  • Chesterfield Borough Council
  • NE Derbyshire (Rykneld Homes)
  • Bolsover District Council
  • High Peak (High Peak Community Housing)
  • Amber Valley (Futures Homescape)
  • Erewash (Three Valleys Housing)
  • South Derbyshire District Council

For each local authority, the funding can be used on retrofitting domestic sprinklers, installing them in new developments identified for vulnerable persons at risk to fire, or for the provision of portable suppression systems until a more permanent provision (if necessary) can be provided.

The Service held a networking event at its headquarters on 15 March 2013, inviting the authorities involved in match funding to share their experiences and celebrate the success achieved. Several authorities have now completed the retrofitting of domestic sprinklers in properties ensuring houses and their occupants are safer from the impacts of fire.

Due to the success of the project, a further £200,000 has been set aside by DFRA for the project in 2013/14.

This is a fantastic working partnership that ensures, together, we continue to reduce the impact of fire on our communities and reduce the costs associated with death, injuries and refurbishment within the County by installing domestic sprinklers / portable suppression systems into homes. Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service is working closely with Derbyshire County Council and the district authorities, Derby City Council and other partners to ensure that the benefits of domestic sprinkler systems are passed on to all those with a responsibility for providing, developing or building new homes.

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