Fire chiefs and sprinkler manufactures react to Birmingham experts claims that sprinklers in city tower blocks will not save lives
Tenants in Birmingham high rise blocks will be safer with fire sprinklers as they are proven to both suppress flames and save lives.
That’s the claim of both the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) and several sprinkler manufacturers groups as they vehemently challenged the views of a fire safety expert turned Birmingham City Councillor Dr Barry Henley who argued that installing sprinklers in 213 Birmingham tower blocks would be a costly mistake.
Cllr Henley’s said that sprinklers, which the city could install at an estimated cost to the taxpayer of £31 million, ‘save property not lives’ and would be a ‘ridiculous’ waste of time and money. The council has pledged to install them in the wake of the Grenfell fire and is trying to secure Government funding.
But Julian Parsons of the NFCC and Buckinghamshire fire service says that Dr Henley’s statements are ‘incorrect’ and that international studies show that chances of surviving a fire in a tower increases by 75-90 percent if sprinklers are installed.