FIREFIGHTERS are calling on schools in South Yorkshire to consider installing sprinkler systems, after attending more than 50 blazes in two years.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue has said many of the incidents were deliberately started on school grounds, such as bin and grass fires.

But other incidents involved school buildings, prompting safety officers to issue their warning.

Technical fire safety manager, Amy Jenkinson, said: “When you consider the huge costs associated with a school fire such as rebuilding, temporary relocation, loss of equipment and pupil’s academic work, it seems like an obvious move to install a sprinkler system, but many schools still don’t.

“Above everything else, sprinklers give added protection to the pupils and staff at the school, and the firefighters who respond to tackle the fire.”