Thursday, 17 October 2013

Keep your business safe from fire!

80% of Business who suffer a serious fire or other major disaster never recover!

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service are offering advice and support regarding fire safety and business continuity to the whole business community within East Sussex. 

The Regulatory Reform (fire safety) Order RRO became law in October 2006, yet many businesses are still unclear what is required to comply with the law.

The Business Safety department at East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service recently teamed up with the Brighton and Hove Hoteliers Association for a Business Safety Seminar on 15th October, which offered a range of practical advice on subjects such as legislation, risk assessment, preparing for an audit, fire safety, best practise and local business needs.  

Dave Thurston, East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, Business Safety Officer, said: “This was a great opportunity for us to speak directly to people who run hotels and answer all their questions. We plan to run further seminars in the future and would like to hear from other sectors of the business community who would be interested in running a similar event tailored to their needs.” 

Head of Business Safety, Richard Fowler, said: "Although there is a legal obligation to comply with fire safety legislation, these business seminars aim to deliver a much wider range of information to support local businesses and increase awareness of business resilience and business continuity. 

“We want to support local business and help them to avoid a fire occurring in the first place, a situation from which most businesses will never recover."

Sharon Callaghan, Executive Committee, Brighton & Hove Hoteliers Association, praised input from Fire Service personnel and said: “The Business Safety Seminar had enabled even more constructive and collaborative solutions to ensure that our guests, staff and buildings remain safe.”

You can contact your local Business Safety Officer through the East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service web site:  or email: or Tel: 01323 462409.

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