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Homes in Evesham among those tackled in fire service scheme

Evesham Editorial 28th Dec, 2017   0

HOMES in Evesham were among those targeted by fire chiefs as part of a year-long project to tackle fire safety issues created by rogue landlords.

Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue (HWFRS) recently completed its bid to tackle fire safety issues in unlicensed HMO (Houses of Multiple Occupation) properties including residential accommodation above commercial premises.

The project started in August 2016 and has resulted in a significant increase in fire safety enforcements.

A total of 358 residents found to be living in this type of property are now living in safer conditions where risk of harm or injury from fire has been considerably reduced through the work of HWFRS officers.

Homes in Worcester, Droitwich, Kidderminster, Stourport and Kington were also identified as being of potential concern.

All of the identified HMO properties were given business fire safety checks and, where necessary, a full fire safety inspection.

A total of 17 per cent of fire safety checks resulted in further fire safety officer intervention and /or enforcement activities.

A premises database has been updated in each area to reflect the geography and strengthening relationships with partner agencies.

Mark Preece, area commander for Community Risk said: “The pilot project has provided significant fire safety intervention during the twelve month period, it has proved invaluable into helping reduce the risk of harm or injury from fire for over 350 residents!”

“Ultimately, the project has potentially saved lives and made properties safer within our communities of Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

“If you are a landlord that wants further information or a premise checked, or you are a tenant who thinks the Fire Safety in your property is not up to standard please contact HWFRS Community Safety and Business Safety team on 0800 032 1155.”

Due to its successes, Hereford and Worcester Fire Authority have agreed to continue running the project for a further twelve months.

The scheme will follow up on any enforcement activities which have taken place with landlords and continue with the success of the project to further safeguard vulnerable people.

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