Have you experienced a fire in the home?

Fri 10 Oct, 2014

If you have experienced a fire in the past 12 months then you can help improve the safety of other local people by taking part in an important online survey at www.lifebid.co.uk

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service has linked up with eight other fire services and the University of Greenwich to find out how people behave when discovering a fire at home. The findings will give a valuable insight to help fire services plan and develop their services and limit the impact of fires in the home.

Station Manager John Robinson said: “We are pleased to be involved in this unique project, which will be rolled out nationally next year. Surprisingly, there has been very limited research on how people behave during a fire in the home, their goals and priorities as the fire develops, how they react to the flames and smoke and why they react as they do.

“If you have experienced a fire at home in the last 12 months, whether it is yours or someone else’s, then we would be very keen to hear from you. We are interested in all accidental fires in the home, large or small, and whether the fire and rescue service attended or not.

“If you can spare a little time to fill in the survey you will be helping us and other local people in the future. It is all anonymous and we simply want you to tell us about your experience."

If you have not had a fire yourself but know someone who has, please pass this on. For those who do not have internet access or are not comfortable using the web, please call 01622 212422 to arrange to discuss other options for completing the survey.

Notes for editors

The project – called Lifebid (Lessons In Fire & Evacuation Behaviour In Dwellings) – has been awarded almost £200,000 through the Knowledge Transfer Partnership scheme, including funding by Innovate UK (Technology Strategy Board) and the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council. http://www.ktponline.org.uk/

The fire and rescue services involved are Kent, Hampshire, Surrey, East Sussex, West Sussex, Buckinghamshire, Royal Berkshire, Oxfordshire and the Isle of Wight. The academic partner on project Lifebid is The Fire Safety Engineering Group (FSEG) of the University of Greenwich, a world leader in fire and evacuation research.

Further information for the Lifebid project, including details about the project team and publications, can be found at www.lifebid.co.uk