A TOWER block in Sheffield has become the first in the country to be ‘retro fitted’ with a sprinkler system.
The news means the Callow Mount sheltered scheme in Gleadless, built in the 1960s, meets new health and safety regulations and proves it is possible to fit a sprinkler system after initial building.
British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service chose the site specifically to try the new method.
Officers also presented tenants with a £2,000 cheque as a thank you for their co-operation during the installation.
Assistant fire chief Neil Hessell thanked residents.
He said: “I want to give a big thank you to the tenants of Callow Mount. Without their positive attitude we could not have led this project as successfully as we did.”
Over the past year heating at the block has been upgraded and more investment undertaken to meet new standards.
Rhian Owen, Sheffield Homes’ sheltered housing manager, said: “We’re very proud to be able to say one of our schemes is the first in the country to be fitted with this retro sprinkler system.
“Our tenants’ safety is paramount and I’d like to thank everyone involved for their commitment and thank our tenants for their cooperation.”
The £2,000 will go into the tenants’ social club fund.