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Posted by hcs34@cam.ac.uk at June 24. 2013
To: Fire Safety Managers, Head of Institutions, Administrators and Departmental Safety Officers (apologies for multi posting this email)
 
which provides a pdf version of the information below.
 
 
IMPORTANT NOTICE
 
98% of attendance to fire alarms by Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue prove to be false alarms.
 
From the 1 June 2013, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service are changing the way they respond to fire alarm activations.
 
Between the hours of 0900-1700, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays) they will NOT respond to automatic fire alarm activations, they will only respond to someone confirming that there is a fire.
 
Currently in the majority of University buildings, when a fire alarm activates a signal is transmitted directly to the University Security Control Centre (USCC) and they contact the Fire Service who then mobilise appliances accordingly.
From the 1 June 2013, when a fire alarm activates a signal will continue to be transmitted directly to USCC and the building evacuation procedures must commence immediately.
 
Within 5 minutes of the activation, providing it is safe to do so, the Fire Safety Manager or designated person/s must investigate the cause of the activation, usually by interrogating the fire alarm panel and inspecting the area of activation.
If a fire is discovered they must immediately call the Fire Service on 999 (or 1999) and notify the USCC by dialling 101.
If no fire is discovered and the cause can be confirmed e.g. dust, system fault, accidental activation the USCC must be notified by dialling 101.
 
If 5 minutes elapse or the cause of the activation cannot be confirmed USCC will call the Fire Service.
 
If the fire service has mobilised and it is subsequently confirmed as an unwanted activation, the Fire Safety Manager or designated person should contact the USCC to confirm there is no fire, USCC will then notify the Fire Service. Generally the Fire Service would turn off their sirens and return to the fire station or may still attend the site.
 
In all cases a record of the activation must be recorded in the fire safety log book.
 
Please amend your procedures to reflect these changes.
 
For further information please contact the fire safety office on 37822 or emailfiresafetyoffice@admin.cam.ac.uk

Kind regards
Occupational Health and Safety Service 
Safety Office 
University of Cambridge 
16 Mill Lane 
Cambridge  CB2 1SB
Tel:  01223 333301 
Fax: 01223 330256 
Email: safety@admin.cam.ac.uk
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