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Case Study Fire Station Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) Case Study: Leicestershire Fire Stations

Fire Station Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) Case Study: Leicestershire Fire Stations

+ Project Description: 

Clarke & Watt Building Consultancy undertook a comprehensive Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) project for multiple fire stations across Leicestershire. The project aimed to assess the condition of each fire station's facilities, identify maintenance needs, and develop 10-year maintenance schedules to ensure optimal operational conditions and compliance with safety regulations.

+ Scope of Work:

The PPM project covered the following key aspects for each fire station:

  • Structural Integrity: Evaluation of the structural elements of the buildings, including roofs, walls, and foundations.

  • Mechanical Systems: Inspection of heating, ventilation, air conditioning systems, and other mechanical equipment.

  • Electrical Systems: Assessment of electrical installations, lighting, and safety systems.

  • Safety Compliance: Review of emergency exits and other safety measures.

  • General Facilities: Examination of kitchens, restrooms, common areas, and workspace conditions.

+ Findings:

The inspections revealed common themes across the fire stations, including:

  • Structural Integrity: The buildings were generally in good structural condition, with no major concerns identified.

  • Roof Coverings: Some fire stations had roof coverings nearing the end of their expected lifespan, requiring repairs or replacement.

  • Mechanical and Electrical Systems: Several fire stations required upgrades to HVAC systems and electrical installations to ensure energy efficiency and compliance.

  • General Facilities: Kitchens and restrooms showed signs of wear and tear, necessitating refurbishments.


+ Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) Schedules:

​For each fire station, a comprehensive 10-year maintenance schedule was developed. This schedule outlined routine inspections, maintenance tasks, and recommended upgrades to be carried out over the coming decade. The PPM schedule aimed to extend the lifespan of building components, enhance safety, and minimise disruptions to daily operations.

+ Benefits:

The PPM project provided numerous benefits to Leicestershire Fire Stations, including:

  • Cost Efficiency: By addressing maintenance needs proactively, fire stations could avoid costly emergency repairs.

  • Safety Compliance: Upgrades to fire safety systems ensured adherence to regulations and enhanced the safety of firefighters and staff.

  • Optimal Performance: Upgraded mechanical and electrical systems contributed to improved operational efficiency.

  • Longevity: Structural repairs and ongoing maintenance prolonged the life of the buildings and their components.

+ Conclusion:

Clarke & Watt Building Consultancy's Planned Preventative Maintenance project empowered Leicestershire Fire Stations to uphold their critical role in public safety. The comprehensive inspections, detailed findings, and 10-year maintenance schedules enabled fire stations to allocate resources effectively, ensure safety compliance, and maintain facilities in excellent working condition. This approach guarantees that Leicestershire's fire stations are prepared to respond to emergencies and serve their communities efficiently for years to come.

Overall, the PPM project showcased the commitment of Clarke & Watt Building Consultancy to delivering expert solutions for maintaining essential public infrastructure.

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