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University of Brighton signs up to Fire Service partnership

Date : 30 November 2020


The University of Brighton has become the latest organisation to sign up to a Primary Authority Partnership with East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, to help keep all those involved with the university as safe as possible.

The Fire Service has teamed up with other South East authorities to run the Business Advice and Support Partnership (BAASP) which provides Primary Authority Partnerships - a ‘one-stop shop’ for tailored advice and support on complying with Fire Safety regulations. 

Organisations and businesses are able to get assured advice on Trading Standards, licensing, environmental health and fire safety through a single point of contact.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Mark Matthews, said: 

“Fire safety regulations can appear to be very complex but they are very important in making sure businesses and organisations are doing what they need to in order to keep people safe. 

This marks a very positive new partnership that we believe will prove to be of great benefit to the University of Brighton as it continues to ensure effective fire safety of its estate and therefore the safety of those occupying and visiting their buildings.”

Nick Greenwood, University Fire Safety Manager said: “The benefits of this scheme to the University would be to support and signpost changing fire safety legislation. The next two years will see the introduction of the new legislation, The Fire Safety Bill. This Bill will amend the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and provide greater clarity on the duties of the Responsible Person or duty-holder for our multi- occupied, and residential buildings.”

The University of Brighton has a community of 20,000 students and 2,750 staff based on four campuses in Brighton and Eastbourne. 

The University consists of 63 buildings with an eclectic variety, ranging from listed buildings, Victorian conversions, 1970 architecture and new builds. The buildings are purpose built, used as, student residential halls, teaching, research and development, administration, library and sport and recreation facilities. 

Find out more 

Any businesses interested in entering a Primary Authority Partnership, or in receiving support on regulatory issues, are asked to call 0345 60 80 197 or email baasp@eastsussex.gov.uk 

The scheme is offered at a cost of £1560, which includes 20 hours of business advice during the course of the year, which could include legal advice, advice on fire safety, review of policies and procedures or training.

Further information on the scheme: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-regulation-primary-authority  

You can also find out more information about fire safety in businesses at www.esfrs.org/business  


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