Stephen backs call for sprinkler installation

Stephen Morgan, Portsmouth South’s new Member of Parliament, has backed calls from the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service for the installation of sprinkler systems in high-rise buildings.

The call has been backed following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, Kensington, and Stephen’s attendance at an important briefing on the fire for MPs last week and discussions in Parliament.

Earlier this week Dave Curry, Chief Officer for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, made a statement on the fire last week in London. 

He said:

“A week on, there is still a huge amount to be learned about the circumstances and contributing factors to the Grenfell Tower fire. 

A full investigation is now unfolding, with a public inquiry to follow, through which we will start to understand how this tragedy occurred and how we ensure there can be no repeat.

We have campaigned for the installation of sprinklers in high-rise buildings and I believe that, as a country, must now commit to the installation of these life-saving devices in all high-rise blocks”.

Speaking in support of the campaign Stephen said:

“In my first week as an MP I have been inundated with concerns from constituents about fire safety in our city. These concerns must be addressed.

I have written to the city council to ensure appropriate action is taken to assure communities, but I think government and local authorities must do more. Councils must be given the resources to assure communities and keep homes safe.

Time and again, experts tell us that sprinklers are the way to prevent the spread of fire in buildings and reduce the threat to life. That’s what we all want to see.

I welcome our Fire and Rescue Service’s intervention in this issue. Their proposals for sprinkler systems have my full support.”