Council work to improve fire safety

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Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Assistant Chief Officer Lewis Ramsay visited Angus recently to see the valuable work that Angus Council is doing to help improve home safety and reduce fire deaths and accidents in council buildings.

He met Angus Council housing officers at the new council houses being completed at Camus Crescent in Carnoustie, which, like all of the council’s new houses, include the provision of sprinkler systems.

He then went on to Forfar to meet members of the council’s scrutiny and audit committee to discuss the benefits of the joint preventative approach between the council and the fire service.

The convener of the council’s police and fire sub-committee, Councillor Paul Valentine said: “We know how important it is to keep our residents safe, and prevention of fire occurrence is one of the best things that we can do to achieve this. That’s why all our new-build council houses have sprinklers as standard.”

ACO Ramsay said: “This is just the kind of commitment to home fire safety we would like our local authority partners to undertake and I think it shows real leadership from Angus Council in demonstrating how it should be done. We know that prevention can have a massive impact in not only saving lives, but also reducing the enormous upset and upheaval that accidents can bring.”

ACO Ramsay leads the Fire Service’s Prevention and Protection teams and their proactive work to reduce the incidence of fire across Scotland.

Eleven of the 16 houses being built at Camus Crescent will be for council rent, whilst the remaining five will be owned and managed for rent by Houses for Heroes. The project will complete in April.