North Tyneside Business Forum and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service announce a working partnership to help businesses with fire safety

Following a meeting between North Tyneside Business Forum’s Chair, David Bavaird and Ian Bell, TWFRS Station Manager – Fire Safety North, the two organisations have agreed to work closer together to support local businesses better understand their fire safety obligations.

The two parties originally met to discuss the Forum’s response to TWFRS’ Community Safety Strategy 2018-2020. North Tyneside Business Forum recognised the vital role which the service plays in the borough and how the Service can help to ensure safety for customers, employees and buildings.

David Bavaird, Chair of the North Tyneside Business Forum said: “We are delighted to establish a close working relationship with the Fire and Rescue Service to enable us to signpost businesses to what they need to do to protect their customers, employees and premises from the devastation and associated costs caused by fire.”

“95% of businesses in North Tyneside are SME’s and it is essential that, through the work of the Business Forum, business establishes close working links with statutory organisations and know where to go for advice, in order to make North Tyneside a great place to live, work and visit”.

Ian Bell, added: “We are committed to providing fire safety information to businesses in Tyne and Wear. By working in partnership with organisations such as the North Tyneside Business Forum we can provide businesses with advice and help to ensure that fire safety legislation is understood and adhered to. Additionally we also provide businesses with helpful advice on fire safety to protect their businesses from fire. The Arson Prevention Forum has reported that 47% of all fires in England are deliberate with an average cost of £25,544 per claim, a large percentage of businesses don’t fully recover from a fire.”

Businesses in North Tyneside, and across Tyne & Wear, can access information and support through the Service’s Fire Safety page www.twfire.gov.uk/community-safety/

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