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New signs help improve fire safety

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PHP has joined forces with Dorset Fire & Rescue Service to help improve resident and firefighter safety in our high-rise flats this Christmas.

The trial of premises information plates (PIPs) on the outside of Poole’s high-rise blocks is designed to provide key information on the layout of the building and its facilities. The signs help the fire crews:

  • Provide faster, professional, safer response
  • Offer peace of mind for residents that a fire will be brought under control quickly
  • Reduce damage and costly repairs for building owners by keeping incidents smaller in size.

“The safety and security of our residents, particularly those living in high-rise blocks, is paramount,” said Joe Logan, PHP Chief Executive. “We’re pleased to be working with Dorset Fire & Rescue Service to provide essential information about each of our blocks, which we hope will offer extra peace of mind for residents, especially at this time of year “

The PIP scheme is part of a national rollout following several high-profile high-rise fires. Dorset Fire & Rescue Service follows Strathclyde, Wiltshire and London Fire Brigades in setting up this system. 

DFRS Station Manger, Seth Why, said: “I am delighted with the positive response from PHP and other local housing partners. The scheme will be of real benefit to our fire service and local communities within high rise blocks.”


DFRS Area Commander for Bournemouth and Poole, Tim Spring, added: “This project supports our core strategic aims to respond quickly when incidents do occur and to reduce the impact on people and places to help get things back to normal as soon as possible. It is a key part of our diverse and integrated work within our local communities.”

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