A West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service crew is reminding everyone of the availability of radio-linked smoke alarms after one such alarm proved its worth the very same day it was fitted.
The firefighters, from Horsham, were called to a small kitchen fire at a property in Southwater.
Steve Blackaby, Watch Manager at Horsham, explains: “On arrival it was established that a small fire had occurred in the microwave oven in the kitchen. Smoke from the fire had activated the radio-linked alarm which had been installed just a few hours earlier by one of our Community Fire Safety Officers. The alarm system informed the occupier to leave the building while calling out the fire service simultaneously. Although the incident was very small and dealt with by the occupier it shows the value of these types of alarms, in notifying the emergency services quickly and efficiently.”
Radio-linked alarms, known as Fire Link, connect to existing 'Careline' or 'Lifeline' monitoring centres which are manned by operators 24 hours a day. If a fire breaks out, the linked smoke alarm transmits a signal to a remote monitoring centre and an operator contacts the occupier before passing the call to the emergency services.
The fire service offers these type of alarms to vulnerable residents as they can shorten the time between a fire occurring and the initial call to the emergency services.
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is at the heart of West Sussex County Council's Communities and Public Protection Directorate, working to support communities to become safer, stronger and more resilient through a combination of prevention, protection and response activities.