Bolsover Council invests £20,000 in fight to prevent fire deaths

Bolsover District Council has pledged £20,000 worth of funding to help Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service retrospectively fit sprinklers in homes across Bolsover District.

The money will be used as part-match funding towards the Fire Services £200,000 investment for Derbyshire.

The council will work with the Fire Service to identify and target the most vulnerable properties first, which could include sheltered housing schemes and high risk housing.

Derbyshire has seen 27 fatalities from domestic fires since 2010 and the Council, in partnership with the Fire Service, have been doing all it can to tackle the problem. They have undertaken numerous fire awareness events, targeted known problem hot-spots with educational and promotional literature, undertaken 7,840 home fire safety checks and fitted 11,477 standard smoke detectors up to the end of 2011 across Bolsover District.

Bolsover District Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Coun Brian Murray-Carr said, “This is a brilliant idea and we fully support it. This is an emotive subject as it can have a devastating effect on families and local communities. So the decision took no thinking about at all.

“We have had our fair share of domestic fires in the District and we do not want anymore. So, by approving this funding if it saves just one life, it will be well worth it.”