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Safer South Yorkshire Week

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is launching the first ever Safer South Yorkshire Week dedicated to our
partners across South Yorkshire.

Running from July 1-5, we will be offering free virtual fire safety awareness sessions to partners existing and new, alongside our referral training.

This training is aimed at any public facing partners/charities/organisations that may want to refer their service users to the fire service for a Home Fire Safety Visit.

To book on a session please email our partnership team.

All sessions will be delivered by Microsoft Teams and last approximately one hour.

Available Sessions:

  • Monday 1st July 10am, 1pm
  • Tuesday 2nd July 10am, 11am, 1pm
  • Wednesday 3rd July 10am, 1pm, 2pm
  • Thursday 4th July 10am, 11am, 2pm
  • Friday 5th July, 10am, 1pm

Sheffield landlord sentenced after violating fire safety laws

A Sheffield man has been sentenced to six months in prison- suspended for 18 months- and 250 hours community service after admitting to violating fire safety laws.

Mr Zahir Ahmed, of Bannerdale Road, Sheffield appeared at Sheffield Crown Court on the 6 June 2024, having pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing on 9 May 2024 at Sheffield Magistrates Court to six charges of failing to comply with articles under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

Eleven people were trapped inside the building on Brookhill Road, Sheffield when fire broke at around 3.25am on 25 February 2022.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus located the people, staying with them until the blaze was extinguished and the property could be ventilated.

The single stair case in the property also collapsed during the incident, causing a firefighter to fall through the stairs.

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Business Fire Safety Inspecting Officers found no fire alarm or emergency lighting, poor standard of fire doors and no stair case ventilation, following a post-incident investigation.

His Honour Judge Robinson concluded there must be a custodial given the seriousness of the offences, the fact they relate to two premises, to multiple breaches of the regulations and that there was a real risk of serious harm to people.

Mr Ahmed was sentenced to six months in prison on each of the offences to run concurrently. This sentence is suspended for 18 months. He will be required to complete 250 hours of unpaid work for the benefit of the community. He is ordered to pay £10,000 of prosecution costs at £1000 per month.

Handing down the sentence, His Honour Judge Robinson, said: “Mr Ahmed was wilfully not caring about the safety of individuals. There had been a dreadful fire, which resulted in a firefighter falling through the stairs. It could have been catastrophic and was in my view, a near fatal fire.”

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Andy Strelczenie, said: “Landlords and other responsible persons are responsible for preventing fires in the first instance. Should a fire then occur in a building they are responsible for, other protection measures become absolutely critical.

This fire could have had a catastrophic outcome had it not been for the highly skilled professionalism of our firefighters. Due to the lack of fire safety systems and management within this premises, it was extremely fortuitous in this instance that people did not die.”

“This sentence is a reminder to all responsible persons that we can and will prosecute people when they fail to adhere to the laws which are there to keep people safe.”

In flats of this type, a suitable fire risk assessment is expected to have been carried out which would identify the necessary fire safety measures such as fire alarms, emergency lighting, evacuation strategy and appropriate protected escape routes, which should be managed by a responsible person. SYFR works closely with businesses and landlords to ensure they comply with fire safety regulations and inspectors are available to offer practical advice and assistance in this area.

For more information on the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and keeping premises safe from fire visit the Business Safety section of the fire service website