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Luton Borough Council

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Introduction

Luton Borough Councils housing stock comprises of 10 high rise tower blocks. It was at these high rise blocks that Fire Risk Assessments took place and it was recommended by Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service that more specific site information was required on the internal layout and also the original fire doors required attention to bring them up to current standards. As Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service are very familiar with the Gerda Range of products it was recommended to Luton Borough Council to contact Gerda for information on the Premises Information Box System, which is a secure focal point containing information readily available to attending fire crews with the unique Gerda One Key™ System.

The Project

Luton Borough Council also had other problems, one of which was with anti social behavior and the doors were not fit for purpose. As Gerda had a wide range of Fire Doorsets it was decided to specify products from the Gerda range. Gerda Doorsets offered were the FD60S for the stairwells and FD30S for corridors. What was most impressive was that Gerda manufactured in house in the UK plus they also offered surveying and manufacturing which was controlled by Gerda, plus Gerda offered training to the approved installers, so that they could use their own labour to install the Gerda range of products 3rd party accredited through the 3 day “Installer training” programme.

The Outcome

Luton Borough Council started with a pilot of Gerda Fire Doorsets to be assured that they would stand up against the anti social behavior they were experiencing, and as this was a success they have started with a rolling programme. The learning outcomes for Luton Borough Council are significant: • Information was available in a usable clear format for the Fire & Rescue Service • Premises information was available at the point of delivery – this is crucial to enable the Fire and Rescue Service to make informed decisions • Fit for purpose Fire Doorsets, tested as a complete unit so have peace of mind • Reduction in anti social behaviour and the costs related to that • Have a compliant building in line with the RR(FS)O without the ongoing costs of repairs and maintenance problems which they had in the past