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Thamesmead Recyling Centre Fire

26 October 2022 @ 2:09 pm - 4:32 pm

  • Fire Rescue Service; London Fire Brigade (LFB)
  • Incident; Fire involving Internal Industrial Shredder
  • When; 26 October 2022
  • Time of incident: 14:09
  • Time of stop: 16:32
  • Where, Thamesmead, Nathan Way
  • Use of premises; Recycling Centre
  • Fixed installation; Automatic fire suppression system (AFSS)

LFB have reported the above-mentioned incident involving an industrial shredder.

The Incident

  • Four pumping appliances were mobilised  requiring 20 firefighters
  • On arrival crews identified that the fire involved the premises industrial shredder
  • The sprinkler system activated containing/controlling the fire


  • Minimal disruption to business
  • 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 developin

National Fire Chiefs Council/Environment Agency

  •  The National Fire Chiefs Council, recommends that sprinklers are provided in facilities providing waste management and recycling. There is growing evidence that sprinklers are highly effective in controlling fires in these establishments. Uncontrolled fires in waste and recycling facilities are often prolonged, extremely resource intensive for fire and rescue services and partner authorities. They are also commonly disruptive to local communities and to travel infrastructure.

 The Environment Agency (EA) Fire Prevention plans (FPP)

  • Did you know that EA requires FPP to be submitted with all permit variations and new permit applications (at application stage) for sites that store combustible waste. The FPP needs to be approved by the EA before a permit is granted.
  • A fire prevention plan (FPP) is a standalone management system that details the prevention measures and procedures as well as mitigation methods in place to protect against fire whilst carrying out day to day operations on a site.
  • A requirement for the FPP is that, if you store waste in a building , you must install a fire suppression system. This system should be proportionate to the nature and scale of waste management activities completed and the associated risks.

 Since the launch of the sprinkler saves website 7 previous incidents have been reported



26 October 2022
2:09 pm - 4:32 pm