Fire portal aims to make firms safer


Fire portal aims to make firms safer

Antony Savvas

The government has launched a new website to make it easier for firms to comply with fire safety guidelines.

The Fire Gateway portal  has been developed by IT and business services firm Parity.

Parity built the portal in conjunction with the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), England’s Fire Services and the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, which led the project.

The portal brings together a collection of fire safety resources and services aimed at providing premises owners with the information they need in order to comply with the fire safety Regulatory Reform Order (RRO), and general information about fire safety in the home.

The Fire Gateway will also enable citizens and premises owners to access services online, such as requesting a visit from their local fire service, applying for licences to store flammable goods like petrol and fireworks, and testing to see if they have the attributes to be a firefighter in the modern fire and rescue service.

Barry Dixon, county fire officer for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, said the site will “build partnerships with communities and businesses, all of which will ultimately help to make homes and businesses throughout England even safer”.

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