Obituary--Bernadette Hartley: "great loss to fire community" as National Fire Sprinkler network co-founder dies.(News)(Obituary)

Bernadette Hartley died suddenly, on February 14 2008, whilst in hospital, after complications following radiotherapy. She had been ill for some months, after being diagnosed with a tumour on her lung, which led to her collapse in health. She, more than anyone, advanced the campaign for fire sprinklers, not just in the UK, but throughout Europe. She had passion and enthusiasm and is a great loss to the fire community.

Bernadette, on behalf of Tess Kingham (the then MP for Gloucester), Glyn Evans and Peter Holland, formed the National Fire Sprinkler Network in July 1998. Its initial success was definitely based on Bernadette's political "nous". Peter has never met anyone with quite her ability to engage effectively with politicians, especially on a matter which was never going to be a vote winner. …

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