Wales pilots sprinklers in schools: in an effort to reduce the growing impact of arson, the Welsh Assembly is launching a programme to install sprinklers in schools as yet another sprinkler-extinguished-fire adds further evidence to the effectiveness of these systems.(Active protection: sprinklers)

Swansea's new Welsh medium secondary school has become the first to have a new sprinkler system installed under a pilot programme launched by the Welsh Assembly (WA).

With capacity for more than 1,400 pupils, Ysgol Gyfyn Bryntawe opened in September on a site formerly occupied by another school that had suffered numerous arson attacks. The capital costs of the sprinkler system have been met from the WA Community Fire Safety budget, while the maintenance costs will be the responsibility of the local education authority.

The pilot programme is being set up following the recommendations made in the report of the Community Fire Safety Working Group, which was set up following discussions between the WA and representatives of the three Welsh fire services to ensure public and private bodies work together to reduce the numbers of deaths and fire-related injuries. …

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