Tuesday, 13 November 2012

ESFRS Black Museum reaches New Zealand

The good work of East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s Black Museum has now gone global.

It has been embraced by the New Zealand Fire Service after the two fire Services linked up, thanks to the wonders of the internet.

Mark Hobbs, Legislation and Enforcement Manager, who came up with the novel idea, began communicating with Peter Wilding, National Manager Fire Investigation and Arson Reduction, in New Zealand.

Having sifted through a number of the Black Museum articles on the ESFRS website Peter said how impressed he was by the layout of the site and the level of detail about various fire risks.

The Fire Service on the other side of the world said how they would be delighted to place a link on their fire Research and Investigation Unit pages and would welcome the opportunity for ESFRS to reciprocate.

Mr Wilding said: "Like your Black Museum content, the rationale behind our Head's Up documents is to present in a easily readable format actual fire experience and casual factors taken from fire investigations to, in our words, "turn loss into learning".

"While they are publicly available documents, we also specifically target the relevant industry groups e.g. architects, local authorities who grant building permissions, interest groups such as model aircraft enthusiasts, and government regulators. These groups have existing communication networks such as newsletters and websites, which reach their body of members and has proven be yield the most effective method to achieve change to address a specific identified fire risk."

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service jumped at the opportunity to link up with the New Zealand Fire Service and to share in lessons learned about causes of fire, which will help to make both communities on each side of the globe a safer place to live in.

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