Elderly resident saved from death thanks to lifesaving portable sprinkler system
An elderly resident who escaped death from a house fire was saved by a portable sprinkler system that was fitted in his living room by Northampton Fire and Rescue Service.
The Ultra Guard Mist system that was fitted in the 86 year old’s property not only helped to extinguish the fire in less than a minute, it meant that the elderly gentleman was spared severe burns to his body.
The system has already been hailed a life saver by Community Protection Manager, Baz Fox, from Northampton Fire and Rescue Service.
Mr Fox said: “The individual in question was considered high risk and so a portable sprinkler system was fitted along with an auto dialler that sends a signal to a monitoring station if an emergency arises. A call is then made to the fire service with details about the incident.”
“The early activation of the sprinkler system meant that the gentleman did not receive any burns and was treated only for minor smoke inhalation by the paramedics who attended the call.”
Councillor André Gonzalez De Savage, Cabinet member for Public Protection, Infrastructure, Transport & Highways, Northamptonshire County Council said: “This incident is proof that sprinklers not only save lives and prevent large scale damage, but also lessen the financial burden that would otherwise be incurred following a house fire such as this one.”
“The portability of this sprinkler system is an example of how much a preventative measure such as this is such a great help in protecting the most vulnerable within our communities.”
“I cannot speak highly enough of the groups that were directly involved with this case who ensured that the gentleman in question was monitored and this particular care need was met with a sprinkler system. These groups include Northamptonshire County Council and the Fire and Ambulance services.”
The portable Ultra Guard Mist system is advantageous as it uses minimal water and energy and is less intrusive to living environments as it consists of smaller pipes and fewer nozzles. More importantly, the cost aspect of the system means it is easy to install and maintain.
Northamptonshire holds several such systems which will go towards helping others suffering from vulnerable conditions to live independently in their own homes.
For more information about Northamptonshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service, visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk