Disaster recovery plans: essential survival tools.(Recovery Planning)

While prevention rather than recovery will always be the preferred option, the outbreak of fire at an organisation's premises will invariably wreak havoc and often pose a serious threat to its very survival. It is because of this that while the chief priority of the Fire Service must always be the rescue and safety of any victims, it should also seek to take account of the impact of its measures of containment upon both the fabric of the building itself and its contents

In 1998, UK losses as a consequence of fire amounted to 1.6 million [pounds sterling] per day and fire damage claims cost insurers 600 million [pounds sterling] While some of that damage is caused by water through the process of extinguishing the fire, the majority of damage is from soot and acrid odour. …

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