Firefighting and the environment
Fire. It’s one of the worst possible scenarios that any business can face. In the event of a fire, over 55% of businesses experience severe impact on business continuity with over 7% categorised as a ‘business disaster’ i.e. never entirely recovering - losing orders, contracts, key employees or at worst, ceasing to trade, resulting in lost jobs and services to the community.
There are many factors that influence how quickly your business can recover from a fire event including severity of the fire, suppression systems, insurance policy coverage and the actions and effectiveness of the Fire & Rescue Service (F&RS) in dealing with the fire itself.
It may come as a surprise to many but the days when fire fighters could use large quantities of water without thinking of the potential environmental impact are long gone. As with any business or organisation, the F&RS can be prosecuted and held liable for clean-up costs if their activities, including firefighting, have caused or exacerbated pollution of the environment.
If the impact on the environment is significantly reduced by allowing a fire on your premises to burn to a point where it can be managed with less impact on the overall environment, the F&RS may take that approach.
Many clients are recognising the impact this could have on their ability to recover following a loss and with our support are looking to mitigate any concerns. This includes site risk assessments, a comprehensive loss prevention report and a mitigation programme being drawn up which is based on the findings of the risk assessment.
The programme considers all potential environmental issues and what might be done to minimise the adverse consequences of a fire or other serious incident.
If you are interested in understanding more please get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.