A report from Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) found that the Medway Maritime hospital in Kent had not carried out a fire drill for years. The report by the KFRS found “uncontrolled building and maintenance work, particularly the routing of cables, pipes and other services through a compartment wall. This could have a detrimental effect on the integrity and fire resistance of the wall.”
The fire service also noted the false ceilings in the building, which create a hidden void above, can also hamper the assessment and management of the compartment walls. The KFRS also advised that staff in some departments require training. The report found that there hadn’t been any form of practical fire drill or fire warden training in the last 2-3 years.
The fire service notes: “While KFRS were satisfied at the time there was no immediate fire risk to staff, patients or visitors. However, significant fire safety recommendations were outlined in the report.”
Darren Cattell, finance director at the hospital, said: “As a result of the findings presented in the review, we are now able to tackle and address all areas of concern. “This has also included the appointment of a permanent fire officer into post, fire drills conducted on a regular basis [and] computerised evacuation exercises for high dependency patient areas.”
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