One ‘in the bank’ for fire safety!

West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service (WYFRS) has secured another Primary Authority Scheme (PAS) partner, once again from the banking world!

TSB are the latest to sign up to the partnership, showing a dedicated commitment to fire safety across their premises.

A signing event took place on Monday (January 9) at Fire Service Headquarters in Birkenshaw.

Michael Jones, Health, Safety and Fire Manager along with Nicholas Driver, Assistant Fire and Compliance Manager for TSB, made the trip up from their Bristol office to sign the document with Deputy Chief Fire Officer Dave Walton.

TSB will be the third banking group to join the scheme which will see WYFRS experts providing the bank with assured fire safety advice.

The PAS aims to drive a national consistency in fire safety between the fire service and the business world and enables fire and rescue services across England and Wales to work in accordance with each other.

TSB currently have over six hundred branches across England, Scotland and Wales.

WYFRS Business Support Manager, Balvinder S Bains, and Business Support Inspector Mark Nuttall secured the partnership following a successful presentation delivered at the TSB Bristol Headquarters in September 2016.

Balvinder said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have another prestigious institution such as TSB join the pack as we’ve got a really good understanding of the banking sector.

“We already have a well-developed rapport with our associates at TSB and recognise the components in their fire safety strategy. I’m looking forward to working on some innovative pieces that will increase the resilience within the TSB organisation.”

If your organisation is interested in approaching West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service for a Primary Authority Partnership please contact the Business Support Team on 0113 387573

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Background information
When PAS was first introduced, a statutory instrument meant that fire safety law was not included. However central Government agreed to revisit that decision at a later date. The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 proposed the extension of the PAS to fire safety. A six month pilot began in January 2013 to determine whether PAS was suitable for fire safety with the outcome of the pilot being that PAS would be extended to fire safety law, subject to Parliamentary processes, which happened in April 2014.