Primary Authority Scheme (PAS) with Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue (LFR)
NASHiCS have signed a Primary Authority Scheme with Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue (LFR). This allows all NASHiCS members to receive general Fire Safety advice and guidance directly from LFR which is tailored to the needs of our sector.
This innovative scheme also allows members to partner directly with LFR, and receive advice on all aspects of Fire Safety from a dedicated fire safety contact who will provide assured or bespoke advice tailored directly to your needs.
Advice can be anything from day to day fire safety issues to qualified specialist technical advice and guidance in the event of an enforcement action.
The direct PAS has flexible membership options and is currently open to any care provider which has premises in two or more authority areas.
(Note: From October 2017 this will be opened up to any provider irrespective of their size and location).
If you feel that you could benefit from the Primary Authority Scheme please contact the NASHiCS Administrator by e-mail, email@example.com and you will be put in touch with Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue for an informal discussion to describe the PAS and the options which are available to assist you as a member.
NOTE: Paul Howes, the PAS Manager at LFR, will be running a one to one Fire Safety Clinic at the NASHiCS Conference on Wed 13th September. Further details, http://www.nashics.org
The official launch of the NFCC Specialised Housing Guidance took place on 4th May at the CFOA conference.
The NFCC has provided recommendations designed to protect residents of specialised housing from fire.
Its recommendations relate to various forms of sheltered housing, extra care housing, and also supported housing for people with common characteristics, such as learning disabilities and mental health problems.
A common factor in the premises to which the guide applies is the ability to facilitate person-centred planning.
A care home company has been hit with fines and costs totaling £42,966 for breaking fire safety laws following a blaze at a residential care home in Penge, in 2013 which left an elderly woman seriously injured.
GCH (Burrow House) Ltd, which runs Burrows House care home on Derwent Road, was sentenced for three offences under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 at Croydon Crown Court following the successful prosecution by the London Fire Brigade.
The company was fined £10,000 for each offence under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and full court costs of £12,966 – a total of £42,966.
Adrian Gouldin Bsc (Hons) MRICS GIFireE reports on evacuation issues associated with residential care homes and suggests assessments that should be carried out.
The evacuation of care homes in case of fire is often difficult, as a high proportion of the residents are usually either physically or neurologically impaired (or both).
Whilst progressive evacuation is the preferred fire evacuation strategy for care homes, (moving residents to relatively safe fire compartments within the home rather than immediately evacuating all to an external area) the golden 2 ½ minute initial evacuation time for the affected room remains of key importance.
NASHiCS is pleased to announce that the Additional Guidance for fire safety in residential care homes has been updated and is now available.
The additional guidance was produced by the National Association for Safety and Health in Care Services (NASHiCS) and the Chief Fire Officers’ Association (CFOA) to accompany the Communities and Local Government (CLG) guide, entitled Fire Safety Risk Assessment – Residential Care Premises. The CLG guide was published so operators knew how to comply with the Fire Safety Order (FSO) 2005.