Helping keep NHS buildings safe from fire

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Fire chiefs have reinforced a national agreement to help the NHS keep their services safe from fire.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has renewed the agreement under the Primary Authority Scheme to provide fire safety advice to NHS Property Services Ltd (NHSPS).

We have built up a strong partnership over the last year and we hope to continue to work together on more areas

Kevin Gardner, area manager for community safety at the fire service

As part of the agreement the fire service provides advice on how to comply with fire safety legislation, whilst assisting when carrying out fire audits at NHSPS premises.

Primary Authority Officer Ian Bell, of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “I am delighted that we have worked with NHSPS on a number of key areas for fire safety.

“We look forward to further developing the benefits and opportunities this new agreement brings.”

Kevin Gardner, area manager for community safety at the fire service, added: “We have built up a strong partnership over the last year and we hope to continue to work together on more areas.”

Stuart Hammerton, national head of health, safety, security and fire at NHSPS, said: “As a landlord and management company, we are committed to ensuring our premises are safe, and the Primary Authority scheme helps us in achieving this.”

Tyne and Wear Fire Authority member, Coun Carole Burdis, said: “The signing of the Primary Authority agreement not only shows our commitment to helping businesses and supporting the scheme, but also shows NHS Property Services’ commitment to complying with the fire safety legislation and making their premises safe.”