Hyde partners with London Fire Brigade to bolster its fire safety arrangements
Published by Lee-Anne Smith for The Hyde Group in Housing and also in Communities
The Hyde Group has become the first London-based housing association to enter into a Primary Authority Partnership (PAP) with the London Fire Brigade (LFB).
Hyde, an award winning provider of homes that makes a significant contribution to meeting housing needs and improving people’s quality of life, owns or manages around 50,000 homes in London, Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire, the East of England and East Midlands.
As landlord to around 95,000 residents, Hyde has to comply with the fire safety laws and is required to carry out detailed mandatory fire risk assessments to identify and control fire risks and hazards.
“Hyde operates across 74 local authority fire enforcement areas, so the PAP means that the LFB becomes our single point of contact for fire safety regulation and enforcement advice. For Hyde, this arrangement brings consistent and reliable fire safety enforcement advice as well as an independent audit of our fire strategy and risk assessment process,” explained John Carmichael, Hyde’s Risk and Compliance Director.
LFB’s Deputy Head of Fire Safety Regulation, Mark Andrews, said: “We are pleased to be working with The Hyde Group. This means Hyde is able to streamline their fire safety and enforcement work which will help ensure it is consistent across the group’s widespread housing portfolio. Not only is this a more efficient way of working, but it will help keep their residents safe.”
This year Hyde’s resident-led service inspections also included Fire Safety which shows residents have a greater awareness about fire safety. “Our residents’ wellbeing is a Hyde priority; knowing that a legal enforcement authority has inspected and verified Hyde’s fire safety arrangements and that we have in place a framework that follows best practice, will give our residents peace of mind,” concluded John.