Brigade and Lewisham Homes team up to improve high rise safety
Published by Lewisham Homes for Lewisham Homes in Housing
Front L-R: Julia Cotton, Chair of Lewisham Homes, Paul Cartwright, Station Manager London Fire Brigade Deptford and New Cross, Andrew Potter, Chief Executive of Lewisham Homes, behind firefighters from Deptford and New Cross
London Fire Brigade has joined forces with Lewisham Homes to improve its emergency response to fires in residential high rise buildings in the borough.
Lewisham is one of 10 London boroughs taking part in a trial which will see 150 ‘premises information plates’ fixed to the outside of residential high rise tower blocks.
The plates will contain essential information about the building and are designed to assist fire fighters when they first arrive at the scene when a fire has broken out.
Information will include the number of floors and height of the building, the number and location of staircases, the position of fire hydrants and the number and location of dry risers which connect hoses to the water supply.
London Fire Brigade’s Borough Commander for Lewisham, John Turner said: “The premises information plates will help our crews to quickly identify crucial information about the building they’ve been called to and in turn this will help them bring fires under control more quickly. Less fire damage will reduce the impact that an incident has on residents and local communities, as well as the cost of damage repairs for housing providers.”
Lewisham Homes Chair, Julia Cotton said: “The safety of our residents is our top priority. We are very proud to work alongside the London Fire Brigade in this pilot initiative and to be amongst the first housing providers in London to introduce premises information plates on our high rise blocks.”
As well as Lewisham the pilot has run in Haringey, Tower Hamlets, Lambeth, Wandsworth, Southwark, Camden, Croydon, Hackney and Hounslow.
The boroughs taking part in the trial were all chosen because of the number of high rise premises that they have and because each of the local authorities or housing providers asked to participate in the pilot scheme.