Fire Prevention Plans
Fire prevention plans (FPP) are required with every environmental permit application that involves storing or treating combustible waste. If you have never produced a FPP previously then it can be quite a complicated process to gather all of the relevant information and data together. How the fire prevention plans are structured and assessed is dictated by the current FPP guidance which can be found here. Environment Agency.
Note that all elements of the FPP guidance must be complied with or your FPP will not pass assessment and your environmental permit may not be granted.
FPP’s and the guidance have been around since 2016 and have come about due to the high number of fires that have been reported at waste management sites. The Environment Agency now requires that this FPP is pre-approved by a specialist at their permitting support centre before an environmental permit can be issued to the operator. Information required in the FPP includes the following
- Waste pile sizes
- Separation distances of 6m
- Fire fighting water availability and volumes
- The amount of fire-water you can hold on your site
- Fire detection & suppression
- Sources of combustion
- Waste acceptance procedures
- Site layout
- Staff qualifications and training
- Maintenance of plant and equipment
- PAT testing for electrical items
- Hot works and gas cylinder storage
If you cannot achieve the required score to pass the FPP assessment it is very unlikely that a permit will be issued for your site.
Paul Downing & Associates have produced numerous FPP’s to accompany many environmental permit applications and can help you meet the guidance and achieve the scores required for your site to be issued the required permit to operate.
We can produce a FPP as a stand alone document of as part of a larger project and as part of the total environmental permit application process. Contact us today for an informal discussion on Fire Prevention Plans.