Bank ‘invests’ in fire safety with new partnership

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) will be providing fire safety advice to Yorkshire Bank thanks to a new partnership scheme.

The scheme, also available to other organisations, will see brigade experts providing Yorkshire Bank with fire safety advice which the company can then adopt across the country, not just within West Yorkshire.

The new partnership has been facilitated by Cushman & Wakefield, whose management was impressed by the work of WYFRS Fire Protection Supervisor Balvinder Bains and Inspector Mark Nuttall.

Craig Eames from Cushman & Wakefield, which works for Yorkshire Bank, said: “At Yorkshire Bank, we are dedicated to serving the people, business and communities in which we operate.

“The health, safety and wellbeing of all our colleagues, customers and visitors is of the highest importance so by forming this new partnership with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, we believe we will not only strengthen our existing fire risk management, but embrace new and innovative practices in the future.”

Consistency is at the heart of The Primary Authority Scheme (PAS), which allows the emergency service and the business world to come together to implement best practice across the board.

A key advantage of the system is that it ensures that fire safety policy is consistent across companies and streamlines compliance management.

The creation of this new partnership has the backing of statutory governance from the Better Regulation Delivery Office.

Business Support Supervisor Balvinder Bains said: “I am absolutely thrilled that our Primary Authority Partnership has progressed so smoothly. Yorkshire Bank has a long history in West Yorkshire and prides itself on taking care of the communities it serves as well as its employees.

“We in turn will provide that same level of service and support to the business in moving forward.”

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Dave Walton said: “This is the twentieth Primary Authority Partnership that West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has made, which we are delighted about as the scheme has really taken off, making strong links between the Fire Service and businesses at grass-root level which is then rolled out nationally.”