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Investment in fire safety at the Cumberland Infirmary

Posted on Thursday 23rd February 2017
Investment in fire safety at the Cumberland Infirmary

Work to enhance fire protection at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle will commence next week (Monday 27 February).

The work will involve the installation of a fire sprinkler system which is a modern solution for fire safety and is becoming increasingly used in the UK.

A fire sprinkler system consists of a water supply system, providing adequate pressure and flowrate to a water distribution piping system, onto which fire sprinklers are connected. Should a fire occur, it can be extinguished quickly and the fire is less likely to take hold. In addition, there would be no need for widespread evacuation as the sprinklers would only activate at the fire source, making it ideally suited to hospitals.

The Trust and its PFI partner have worked closely with Cumbria Fire & Rescue service since 2015 when some fire safety compliances issues were identified. Since then, rectification works have been carried out and now the Trust and its PFI partner are looking to further enhance the hospital’s fire safety.

The work, funded by the Trust’s PFI partner, will begin in the Outpatients department and is set to take approximately three years to complete with the aim of ensuring disruption to staff, patients and visitors is kept to an absolute minimum.

Stephen Eames, chief executive at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “We are very pleased that the fire sprinkler installation work is set to begin next week which will seriously enhance our fire protection at the hospital. This is a significant investment form our PFI partner, focussing on making the hospital safer.

“Our aim is to keep the disruption from the work to an absolute minimum but we want to ensure that patients and visitors are aware of the reasons behind any work they may see when they come into the hospital. Further information about the work will be available in the main hospital entrance area.”