Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service has entered into a Lead Authority Partnership Scheme with national care provider Barchester Healthcare.
The partnership is designed to improve the provision of fire safety in the care sector by allowing the two parties to collaborate on improving fire safety.
Dave Russel, Head of Fire Risk Management for LFRS said "Barchester is committed to raising standards in fire safety and our partnership will allow us to build on our enforcement policies and procedures. We are particularly interested in looking at grey areas in the Fire Safety Order, such as the application of the Order to assisted living premises, and we feel that Barchester's experience of safety in the care sector will be able to give us guidance and support to help us improve our service."
Cath Dyson, Health and Safety Director for Barchester and a member of the fire safety group for the National Association of Safety and Health in Care Services, said "We are delighted to be working with such a well regarded fire service and this partnership will enable us to achieve continuous fire safety improvements."
Barchester Healthcare is one of the largest providers of high quality nursing and residential services, with 220 care homes around the UK. Barchester employs almost 15,000 people to care for more than 10,000 residents and encourages its homes to build excellent reputations in their local communities.
Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service are very active in the field of legislative Fire Safety, and their 49 Fire Safety Officers in 2008/9 completed 4,936 audits, agreed 1778 Action Plans, issued 759 Enforcement Notices, and took eight successful prosecutions.