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Fire Service Match Funding Hostel Sprinkler Save

28 May 2022 @ 2:38 am - 3:30 pm

  • Fire Rescue; Service; Essex County Fire & Rescue Service (ECFRS)
  • Location; Westcliff-On-Sea
  • Date of Incident 28 May 2022
  • Time of call; 02:38
  • Use of Premises; Hostel
  • Type of incident; Fire
  • Location of fire; Kitchen
  • Automatic Fire Suppression System; Residential Sprinkler System

The benefits of sprinkler match funding clearly demonstrated

Following the above-mentioned incident attended by ECFRS involving a fire within the kitchen of a three storey hostel in the early hours of the morning.

On arrival operational crews identified that two residential fire sprinkler heads had actuated containing/controlling a fire in the kitchen which was caused by a saucepan that had been left unattended on the hob.

At 03:30 hours the fire had been extinguished with operational crews completing fire salvage duties before leaving the scene.

Sprinkler Match-funding

ECFRS should be applauded for their proactive sprinkler match funding programme, which has contributed funding for the installation of sprinkler systems including.

  • Seven housing estates in Basildon.
  • Retrofitting a number of high-risk premises in Essex.
  • Retrofitting a Charity light ship

The outcome, providing a further layer of safety from fire as part of a holistic approach for the installation of sprinklers protecting the most vulnerable residents from fire.


This incident clearly demonstrates the benefits of sprinklers containing/controlling a kitchen cooking fire.

  • Fire contained to room of origin
  • Flash over prevented
  • No reported injuries
  • Incident closed within an hour
  • Fire damaged minimal, contained to room of origin



Sprinkler Saves Uk, Annual Review 2021/22

Produced for information purposes to raise awareness of the importance of collating sprinkler saves from across the United Kingdom


Incident Data Reports Focus on Sprinklers

A series of reports providing detailed analysis of compound data on fire incidents in Great Britain where fire sprinklers were reported as present, operated over the period of 2018/19 to 2021/21


  • Incident press release
  • Sprinkler Match Funding Links

Seven housing estates in Basildon. 

Retrofitting a number of high-risk premises in Essex.

Retrofitting a Charity light ship




28 May 2022
2:38 am - 3:30 pm


Location (Town/City)
Type of Sprinkler Installation
Wet Pipe