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  1. LARRY STOKES Underwriting Manager ZURICH MUNICIPAL CHAIRMAN OF SCHOOLS WORKING PARTY - Arson Prevention Bureau

  2. IFEROYAL BERKSHIRE GROUP 11 November 2003 • National Cost • Issues • Arsonist Profile • School Fires

  3. The incidence of arson in industrial, agricultural, commercial and public premises

  4. Housing £ 351m Commercial £ 758m £1,108m Business Interruption £ 269m £1,477m Cost of Fires ABI - 2002

  5. 50% of Commercial £500m Arson - 2002

  6. INVOLVING ……... • Death, and injury to occupants and Fire Fighters • Business Interruption • Closure of the Company • Loss of jobs • Loss of facilities or amenities for the community • Pollution • Loss of industrial heritage

  7. ARSON FIRE - WHO ? • MALE ….. but not always • AGED 10 - 16 • WORKFORCE • VISITORS

  8. ARSON FIRE - WHEN ALL FIRES - 49% AT NIGHT ARSON - 68% AT NIGHT LARGE ARSON - 84% AT NIGHT

  9. SCHOOL FIRES • The Problem • The Issues • The Solutions

  10. THE PROBLEM

  11. THE PROBLEM

  12. THE PROBLEM

  13. COSTS OF LOSS/ DAMAGE IN SCHOOLS National Costs - Fire Losses 1993 - 2002

  14. So What ? Government set to spend £5bn on renewing school infrastructure over next 5 years

  15. A Different Perspective ….. 90,000 schoolchildren have education disrupted 80,000 families affected 320,000 people involved PLUS Resources diverted Education disrupted

  16. FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION FIRES > £250,000 12 MONTHS MAY 2001 - APRIL 2002 Total all occupancies 123,904,807 Schools - 26%

  17. School Fires by Means of Discovery

  18. School Fires By Time of Day

  19. Causes Of Fires In Schools

  20. THE ISSUES SCHOOL FIRES 01.01.92 - 01.03.2003

  21. THE SOLUTIONS Target Hardening Intervention

  22. THE SOLUTIONS Target Hardening • Use construction materials of limited combustibility • Secure bin stores • Retro-fit void barriers on older schools • Effective perimeter security • Automatic Fire alarms in all schools • Fire Sprinklers in new/refurbished schools

  23. YOUR SCHOOL?

  24. Site closed for weeks Community disrupted Children taught in portakabins for 3 years

  25. Case Study 2 St Mary’s Church of England Primary School

  26. Lunchtime fire April 2002 Pupil enters stockroom - starts fire Thought to be false alarm, but ….. Water spotted from under the door Water cleaned up, school operates normally for rest of day

  27. WHAT CAN BE DONE ? • Design of new schools to incorporate lessons learnt • Upgrade refurbished schools • Target ‘the critical few’ of each LEA AND • Use curriculum based resource to deflect potential fire setters

  28. SCHOOL FIRES • Who sets them? More than 90% set by those who attend, or who have attended, the school • Why do they set them? To resolve angry feelings about the school Often specifically directed to one or more teachers’ areas • Can we prevent school fires?Yes Awareness of the fire setter enables preventative intervention • How do we identify them? There are fire setters in every school

  29. ARSON IN SCHOOLS • Fire safety (arson) education • Current space on the curriculum limited to fire safety • Nothing specific on arson • Main package is "learn not to burn" • Opportunity missed?

  30. OBJECTIVES OF PROGRAMME • To raise awareness of problem and consequences • To educate pupils, teachers, parents and neighbours and communities. • To be integrated within the school curriculum • To promote “good citizenship” both within and outside the school environment • - All with the overriding aim of reducing arson and increasing risk assessment skills. (Changing Behaviour)

  31. THE PROGRAMME • Key partner involvement • Schools • Theatre in Education • Workshops • Resource Pack • Community Interaction • Benchmarking / monitoring / evaluation

  32. THE OPPORTUNITY • Target the increased resource to improve the vulnerability of schools to large disruptive fires • Energise/facilitate education programmes aimed at explaining the consequences of malicious fire raising • All agencies to work together to reduce the number and cost of fires in schools