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Williams F1 crew demonstrates advantages of first aid fire fighting in containing fires

Published on 18 June 2012
IFEDA aims to improve standards within the fire industry and the use of professionally installed as well as serviced fire extinguishers
IFEDA improves standards within the fire industry, including fire safety training

The Williams F1 fire last month demonstrated how first aid fire fighting can make an impact in containing a fire and helping to stop fire spreading.  F1 team members were seen appearing to bring the fire in the Williams garage under control using portable fire extinguishers, and trolley units, before the professional fire crews arrived.

Nigel Walton, Chairman at IFEDA said: “Watching the way the team members used the portable fire extinguishers, demonstrated that they knew both how to react to a fire, and how to operate the portable extinguishers to maximum effect.  Obviously F1 members are used to working incredibly well as a team, and the way in which they tackled the fire demonstrated this.”

Walton continued: “For businesses, having the most suitable fire extinguisher for the hazard they are protecting, and ensuring all staff are adequately trained in how to use them can make a big impact in first aid fire fighting, helping to keep a fire under control.”

IFEDA, the Independent Fire Engineering & Distributors Association, aims to improve standards within the fire industry; this includes championing the use of professionally installed and serviced fire extinguishers, in addition to fire safety training.

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