Castle Retirement Living runs three-hour fire drill to protect residents

Retirement properties owner Castle Retirement Living has placed fire safety centre stage following a fatal blaze in Stevenage last week.

The company stages a full-scale fire rescue drill with the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service at the new Castle View Retirement Village at Helston Lane, Windsor, which opens this autumn.

The company stated that the mock run comes in direct response to recent fire tragedies in Stevenage at a care home and Grenfell tower.

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The full training exercise, fronted by watch manager Matt Weldon and teams from the local area, took three hours and involved three fire engines and a team of 15 firefighters to stage a mock rescue.

Robin Hughes, managing director of Castle Retirement Living, who was at the training exercise, commented: “Beyond our enhanced fire safety strategy for the development including a sprinkler system, a fire resistant concrete structure and multiple staircases, the exercise proved that all residents that move into Castle View should be reassured about the highest level of fire safety.

“All balconies were proven to be fully accessible by the fire brigade and its aerial ladder platform can also sit on the sky deck of the development’s Castle View Sky Lounge.”

Weldon, added: “The exercise was successful for a number of reasons, the site’s generous access allowed the brigade to manoeuvre our vehicles into effective positions, this aided the crews in performing their duties.

“There is also compelling evidence that fire sprinkler systems save lives, prevent property loss and limit environmental damage. RBFRS strongly recommends the provision of sprinklers as part of a building’s overall fire safety solution.”

Once completed, Castle View Windsor will provide homes for over 150 local residents.

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