Fire safety: progress towards encouraging national fire strategies.

Buncefieid Explosion and Fire

A striking example of the need for a national fire strategy aimed at reducing the overall cost of fire to the economy occurred in the UK in December 2005, when an explosion and fire at the Buncefield fuel storage depot caused the largest UK property fire loss since the Second World War.

In the UK, central government's fire safety strategy is concentrated mainly on reducing fire deaths and injuries, while economic losses receive considerably less attention. Responsibility for property loss from fire is largely left to others. Consequently the fire precautions taken at Buncefield were not primarily the responsibility of the fire brigades, but rather of other bodies, such as the Health and Safety Executive. …

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