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Farnborough Waste Recycling Centre Drencher Activation

9 March 2023 @ 12:32 am - 3:00 am

image credit Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service

  • Fire Rescue Service; Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service
  • Incident; Fire
  • When; 9 March 2023
  • Time of call; 00:32
  • Where, Farnborough
  • Occupancy; Waste Recycling Centre
  • Automatic fire suppression System; Drencher Sprinkler System

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service have reported the following fire at a waste management and recycling centre


  • On arrival crews identified that approximately 20 tonnes of household waste was alight
  • Contained within a single-story warehouse 32m x 37m
  • The fire had been contained/controlled by the actuation of the premises drencher Sprinkler System
  • Operational crews were committed wearing breathing apparatus crews using hose reels, jets to extinguish the fire.
  • The onsite mechanical digger which was used to turn over the burning waste.
  • It is reported that crews left the incident 03:00

Dangers, implications of waste fires

Often difficult to extinguish, requiring multiple fire rescue services resources for long periods of time. The impact of these fires may be short term or long-term including.

  • Public health impacts on responders and communities
  • The public being evacuated or sheltering in place.
  • Environmental impacts
  • Pollution of surface and groundwater
  • Road closures
  • High demand on fire and rescue services and other agency resources
  • Large-scale financial losses and disruption

Automatic Fire Suppression Systems (AFSS)

  • The benefits of suppression containing/controlling these fires should not be under-estimated.
  • Reducing the volume of fire water run-off which in the quantities likely from FRS innervation is an environmental threat which the Environment agency takes seriously sprinkler waste fires

 Business Continuity

  • The benefits of suppression were clearly demonstrated following a similar incident involving a Biffa Waste Plant fire.
  • Promoted in a video released by Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service/Biffa supporting the benefits of suppression saving the entire facility.

Further guidance






9 March 2023
12:32 am - 3:00 am


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Type of Sprinkler Installation