Wyre Forest MP speaks at Fire Futures Forum

Kidderminster Shuttle: Wyre Forest MP speaks at Fire Futures Forum Wyre Forest MP speaks at Fire Futures Forum

WYRE Forest MP Mark Garnier spoke at the Fire Futures Forum to discuss fire prevention at recycling centres.

The aim of the forum, organised by the Chief Fire Officers Association, was to generate debate about how best to tackle the problem of fires in waste management and recycling facilities.

Mr Garnier opened the event on Wednesday last week by talking about the large fire at Lawrence Recycling, in Stourport Road, in June which took firefighters seven and a half weeks to put out.

Speaking at the event, Mr Garnier said: “I am appealing that you come up with suggestions for a refreshed and appropriate licensing regime for waste recycling centres, for a new protocol on informing the public of what their response should be and what changes should be brought about into the thorny issue of who bears the costs of the fires.”

The event aimed to find a cost-effective and viable solution to preventing fires at recycling centres.

Mr Garnier said: “This event was extremely useful in bringing together key policy makers and industry experts.

“In Kidderminster we have had two fires at Lawrence Recycling in the past year, which have had both economic implications including local job losses.

“It is therefore imperative that a solution is found in order to better prevent such fires in the future”

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9:50am Tue 3 Dec 13

thekiddygirl says...

sorry, I thought the heading was something to do with saving our fire stations! However while I am on the keys surely more consideration should be given as to the siting of these recycling plants and to the possible problems that they may cause to other business's in the event of a fire. I would have thought that fire fighting water supplies should be adequate and consideration given to the run off of the water as not to contaminate water courses. I don't know what the cause of these fires were but it is well known that spontaneous combustion can occur in such places. If that was the case surely a simple way to prevent this is to place the bins further apart to stop the spread of a fire, consider dropping a lid on the bins which could be hung above them and of cause heat/fire detectors with sprinklers and drenchers. Perhaps vents in the bins would also help to stop the spontaneous combustion and a thermometer probe installed. I don't know why they had to hold a forum for this. It doesn't give us much confidence in the fire brigade if they are asking an MP how to deal with such incidents. Surely the question should be how did the fire start and why did it take seven and a half weeks to extinguish!
sorry, I thought the heading was something to do with saving our fire stations! However while I am on the keys surely more consideration should be given as to the siting of these recycling plants and to the possible problems that they may cause to other business's in the event of a fire. I would have thought that fire fighting water supplies should be adequate and consideration given to the run off of the water as not to contaminate water courses. I don't know what the cause of these fires were but it is well known that spontaneous combustion can occur in such places. If that was the case surely a simple way to prevent this is to place the bins further apart to stop the spread of a fire, consider dropping a lid on the bins which could be hung above them and of cause heat/fire detectors with sprinklers and drenchers. Perhaps vents in the bins would also help to stop the spontaneous combustion and a thermometer probe installed. I don't know why they had to hold a forum for this. It doesn't give us much confidence in the fire brigade if they are asking an MP how to deal with such incidents. Surely the question should be how did the fire start and why did it take seven and a half weeks to extinguish! thekiddygirl

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