FIRE SAFETY TRAINING Did you know that fire kills as many as 700 people a year here in the UK and costs British businesses millions of pounds every year?
We recently came across a news story that illustrates just how important fire safety training is to businesses. On Friday 22nd June a fire broke out at The Somers Town Coffee House in London (part of the Yummy Pub Co) at 8:06pm. Staff were alerted when residents living opposite the pub spotted flames coming from the upper floors and raised the alarm. Fire engines were on the scene within seven minutes, but it took 72 fire fighters and 10 engines ninety minutes before the fire was under control. The part of the story that really piqued our interest – and highlighted the importance of fire safety training – is that during a busy Friday night when the pub was filled with customers over three levels, staff were able to safely evacuate 350 people within three minutes. This quick action meant that nobody was injured and firefighters arriving on scene could just focus on tackling the fire.
A statement put out by the company after the event said: “The team moved through each floor of the building whilst Ian Delgado, a Yummy supervisor, battled the flames on the top floor of the pub. The team were a credit to Yummy with customers reporting the professionalism and calmness as the building was cleared.” Tim Foster is co-owner at Yummy Pub Co. He said: “My team were simply incredible. Nothing prepares you for situations like this. It’s been an incredibly long weekend, but this pub is opening and opening quickly! My target date (to re-open) is 5 July. We’ll have to take every day as it comes but we have never taken things lying down in Yummy and I intend that attitude to stay!”
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