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Two high rise buildings in Lichfield have been fitted with a state-of-the-art sprinkler system as part of a £100,000 project between Bromford and Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service.

The improvement works at David Garrick Gardens, which promotes independent living for older people, included having automatic sprinklers retro-fitted in all 63 homes and communal areas as well as fire doors upgraded to a more modern alternative.

Installation work on the range of one and two bed properties began in February thanks to a partnership between the fire service and housing association Bromford, which owns almost 5,000 homes in the Lichfield area. With the initiative now complete, David Garrick Gardens are the first two buildings to benefit from the fire service’s Sprinkler Project which aims to encourage landlords to fit similar systems in the other 41 medium and high rise buildings across the county.

Fire Engineer and Fire Suppression Lead, Stuart Ruckledge said: “It is fantastic that the first installation has been such a success and we have already moved onto other buildings in the county. We are now one step closer to getting all the high rise buildings in Staffordshire fitted with these life-saving installations.

“We have already seen evidence in Staffordshire of how effective these systems are and how much damage they minimise. More importantly the likely hood of someone dying in a fire is dramatically reduced with these sprinklers. They make dwellings safer to live in and reduces the risks to firefighters should they attend a fire in one of these buildings.

“We would urge any housing associations, providers or building owners to have these sprinkler systems retro-fitted and include them in any building plans in the future.”

Russ Fowler, Bromford’s director of commercial, said: “The safety and security of our customers has always been our number one priority and is something we review continuously. Many of the residents living at David Garrick Gardens are vulnerable and so for us, as part of our drive to provide the right home for every customer, this modernisation project was a complete no-brainer and we’ve enjoyed working closely with them throughout.

“Our partnership with Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service has also been excellent and it is this joined-up approach that ensures we are at the forefront of making the very best decisions when it comes to the safety of people living in our homes.”

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