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Exempt businesses and heritage buildings

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service WILL RESPOND to an Automatic Fire Alarm if the alarm is sounding at premises where there may be people sleeping or if the building is on our list of historic or heritage sites.

Exempt businesses and heritage buildings

Exempt businesses

If the alarm is sounding at premises where there could be people sleeping, Humberside Fire and Rescue service will continue to send the appropriate number of engines as per its PDA - pre-determined attendance. List of sleeping risk premises include (not exhaustive):

  • Boarding House / B&B for homeless / asylum seekers 
  • Boarding House / B&B other 
  • Boarding School accommodation
  • Children's Home
  • Domestic Premises
  • Hospital
  • Hostel (e.g. for homeless people)
  • Hotel / motel
  • Nurses' / Doctors' accommodation
  • Nursing / Care Residential Home
  • Other holiday residence (cottage, flat, chalet etc) 
  • Other Residential Home 
  • Prison
  • Retirement home
  • Student Hall of Residence 
  • Young Offenders Unit 
  • Youth Hostel 

If you think that your business is not covered in the above list, please email us with full details of your premises and why there may be people sleeping during 'normal' working hours. Email us here. *not all requests will automatically qualify for inclusion on the list - we will inform you of the outcome of your request.

Heritage buildings

"Heritage is all that has been passed to us by previous generations. The term has become synonymous with the places, objects, knowledge and skills we inherit that are valued for reasons beyond their mere utility" - Historic England. 

In the Humberside Service area there are a large number of historic buildings, from rural stately homes such as Burton Constable and Normamby Hall, to premises involved in the rich maritime history of Hull or Grimsby. Some of these are listed and are deemed to be of considerable significance and importance.

Any historic structure or fabric lost to the effects of fire is irreplaceable.  There is a finite number of buildings and any loss will have a significant and cumulative adverse impact on the country's heritage assets.  Fire loss can adversely affect the significance, authenticity and continuing use of these buildings.

Historic buildings are of considerable economic value, especially to the tourist industry and for their positive impact to their surrounding area and community. There has been a significant level of loss to our built heritage through the effects of fire and it is incumbent upon us to ensure all practical steps are taken to protect these buildings.

If you currently own or have responsibility over a listed or building of significant heritage value then you should consider the impact of fire to both the life risk within the property and also the cultural and potential business impact fire could have.

If you think that your building has historic significance and may not be on our existing exempt list, please email us with full details of your premises. Email us here*not all requests will automatically qualify for inclusion on the list - we will inform you of the outcome of your request.

The following guidance gives a comprehensive outline of some of the main hazards and considerations that you can identify to help keep yourself, visitors and the heritage value of your property safe from fire.

1. Make an assessment of the likelihood of fire occurring in your building by conducting a Fire Risk Assessment.

Consider what you can do to reduce or eliminate the risks and their impact, for example:

Is the building fitted with an adequate warning system in the event of a fire?
Is the building in a rural area?
Does it have poor access?

Your local fire safety office will be glad to discuss any queries you have. This will help you and us to plan for any potential incidents by assessing the problems (such as access and poor water supplies).

Further advice and guidance can also be found at Historic England

2. Make a salvage plan

Salvage plan – to be used in the event of a fire or major emergency

Salvage plan for special artefacts 

3. Fit a sprinkler system

The most effective way to protect any property if a fire occurs is to install a sprinkler system. Further guidance and information is available from The British Automatic Sprinkler Association