The Royal Sussex County Hospital (RSCH) in the UK has announced that it has received a donation of £650,000 from the HELP Appeal – a charity dedicated to fund hospital helipads – to incorporate a state-of-the-art fire suppression system into the hospital’s existing helipad.
The Deck Integrated Fire Fighting System (DIFFS) is able to extinguish a helipad fire within 15 seconds using a series of nozzles built into the helipad. These spray a mixture of water and foam. RSCH will be one of only five hospitals in the UK to have the system installed. It is part of a larger redevelopment plan for the hospital.
“We are extremely grateful for this very generous donation. It will allow us to provide the highest possible level of safety on the helipad,” said Duane Passman, Director of Redevelopment at RSCH. “As with all such safety systems, we are fitting DIFFS with the expectation and hope that we will never need to use it. If it is needed, though, the extra level of guaranteed protection offered by DIFFS to patients and staff makes it a wise investment, one that is only possible thanks to this donation.”