Comment by: Michael Wood
Focus area: Fire safety regulation
Regulator concerned: Fire safety (Fire Authority)
I am the secretary of a small village hall which is run totally by volunteers and is a registered charity. Through liaison with CAN (Community Action Northumberland) I have attended 2 courses run by the local fire and rescue services. One was on responsibilities and regulation/requirements for organisations such as mine and one involving fire awareness and safety measures.
I have had two queries re situations occurring at our hall and o both occasions had adice given promptly. One of these occasions involving a visit fro a fire prevention officer.
I must say that help and advice has always been forthcoming as required. But I would appreciate more frequent courses if possible so that all members of hall committees such as mine can be made aware of requirements.
Also could some form of bulletin be put out on an as required basis to email subscribers re new legislation and recommendations as the main input we get is from the fire safety company which checks our equipment on a 6 monthly basis and of course are a financially motivated organisation.
A simple website entry in laymans terms with the email to suggest looking at it would be nice.
I am also the chair of an organisation representing 61 community buildings in West Northumberland and many member halls come to us for advice so there may well be a further submission fro my committee re this.
Overall I have been very pleased with the service provided.