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Firefighters discuss burning issue with local businesses


Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service visited 67 businesses last week to talk to employers about fire safety and prevention.

During Business Safety Week 2017, fire crews visited small and medium sized businesses across the county and updated employers on how to keep the workplace safe.

The purpose of this week was to speak with business owners and employees about how they can prevent fires in the workplace and reduce false alarms. Key aims also focused on supporting and growing the local economy as well as showing them how to protect themselves from arson.

Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure at Gloucestershire County Council, said; “We are very pleased with the engagement of local businesses for Business Safety Week 2017. Teams have been very busy ensuring that businesses in the county work alongside us to reduce the risk of workplace fires and false alarms.

“These businesses make a huge contribution to the local economy and we want to continue to help them do this in a sustainable and safe way.”

Businesses were asked: to take action to prevent fires in the workplace, to protect themselves from arson, to ensure staff know how to respond in the event of an incident and to work with the fire service to reduce false alarms.

Stewart Edgar, Chief Fire Officer of Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, said; “Fires can have a devastating effect on businesses and many cease to exist as a result. The county has seen major employers and infrastructure sites suffer devastating fires. The recovery can often be long-term, affecting jobs and the smaller business community.

“Reducing commercial fires and ensuring that businesses are not vulnerable to fire is vital to the economic growth and prosperity of Gloucestershire.

“We will continue to work alongside businesses and help educate them in how to appropriately deal with incidents in the workplace.”

Business Safety Week has allowed GFRS to raise awareness of reducing false alarms. Last year, the service was sent to 804 false alarms. Companies are reminded, if the cause of a false alarm is known to dial 999 and to speak with the fire service.

With Christmas soon approaching, businesses are being asked to make sure that all employees have fire safety training and are familiar with the findings of the fire risk assessment.

Further information can be found on the Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service website

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