SPRINKLERS BID FOR SCHOOLS; All New Buildings Could Get Costly Systems

Coventry Evening Telegraph (England), March 16, 2004 | Go to article overview

SPRINKLERS BID FOR SCHOOLS; All New Buildings Could Get Costly Systems


Byline: JONATHAN GOODE and ANNETTE MORGAN

ALL new Warwickshire schools could be fitted with sprinkler systems under plans before education chiefs.

Local education authorities are being urged to incorporate the systems into every new structure to minimise the risks of fire damage.

Figures show educational facilities are a greater fire risk than any other public building and the number of arson attacks is leading to higher insurance claims.

Firefighters attended 29 fires at Warwickshire schools in 2003.

And the call for sprinklers comes as arsonists struck at a school in Nuneaton last night, badly damaging one of the classrooms and putting it out of action for several weeks.

Fire crews were alerted by the caretaker at George Eliot Community School just before 10pm. The culprits had spread paperwork around the classroom before setting fire to it.

Temporary county fire officer William Brown today welcomed the plans for sprinklers.

He said: "Schools are a major focal point of the community and the loss of a school due to fire can have a devastating impact.

"Sprinklers are a proven effective method of preventing a small fire turning into a major blaze and this is why Warwickshire Fire Service supports the initiative. …

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