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Shropshire Recycling Sprinkler Activation

1 June 2022 @ 6:04 pm - 7:08 pm

  • Fire Rescue Service; Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service (SFRS)
  • SFRS Resources; Eight Pumping Appliances
  • Date of incident; 1 June 2022
  • Location; VeoliaBridgnorth
  • Purpose group; Industrial Premises Recycling
  • Use of property; Recycling Plant Paper
  • Time of call; 18:04
  • Time of stop; 19:08
  • Incident; Fire
  • Location of Incident; Ground floor, Recycling Wastepaper Bay
  • Automatic Fire Suppression System (AFSS)
  • 150nb Dry sprinkler system installation
  • Sprinklers – 2 heads operated – K115 – 141deg, Standard Response, Upright
  • Density / Area design – 20.4mm/minm2 over 300m2
  • Height 9m.













Image credit SRFS


The Shropshire Star have reported the above-mentioned incident that clearly identifies the benefits of installing a commercial sprinkler system to meet the objectives of a ¹fire prevention plan.

  • Minimising the likelihood of a fire happening
  • Aim for a fire to be extinguished within 4 hours
  • Minimise the spread of fire within the site and to neighbouring sites

These types of incidents

  • Are difficult to contain/control and extinguish
  • Require large amount of fire rescue service resources for long periods
  • Serious impact on public health, the safety of firefighters and local communities

The Incident

  • On arrival operational crews identified a fire within the recycling wastepaper bay involving 20 tonnes of wastepaper
  • The sprinkler system activated containing/controlling the fire
  • The fire was extinguished by crews wearing breathing apparatus using a hose reel jet


  • Minimal disruption to business
  • SFRS Stop message was sent 64 mins from time of call
  • Major fire prevented
  • Reducing damages, costs to business and the economy as a whole

 Key message

As part of a holistic approach Automatic Fire Suppression Systems have been proven to be one of the most effective active fire protection measures containing/controlling these types of fires preventing large costly fires developing.

Source, article

  • Shropshire Star
  • Press release Shropshire Fire & Rescue


1 June 2022
6:04 pm - 7:08 pm