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Residents reassured following London tower block fire

Updated statement, Friday, June 16

 

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service’s Assistant County Fire Officer and Director of Prevention and Protection, Geoff Harris, said:

 

“There is no doubt in my mind that the horrific inferno that engulfed Grenfell Tower on Wednesday morning will provide a defining moment in relation to fire safety in high rise buildings across the UK. But, at this moment, our colleagues in London Fire Brigade are still very much in the response phase, searching the building for people who remain unaccounted for. It will take some days, weeks and months to understand what has happened and identify any learning that emerges.

 

“In the meantime, fire safety advice from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service remains that if you have a fire or become aware of a fire in your home which includes blocks of flats, you should get out, stay out and call us out. If you live in a block of flats where your landlord has advised you to ‘stay put’ in the event of a fire, this is their advice which they should have based on an individual fire risk assessment for that building. As a fire and rescue service, we don’t go into premises to validate risk assessments but as part of a rolling inspection program we will visit to assess the fire safety measures applied in that premises and review them. Where we find that risk assessment is unsuitable we will take enforcement action.

 

“If any residents feels concerned about fire safety in their building or fire safety advice given they should contact us. We are committed to working with Housing Providers to support them in achieving the safest possible fire safety solutions in their buildings.”

 

 

Statement from Wednesday, June 14

 

Residents are being reassured by Greater Manchester fire officers following a major tower block incident in London today.

 

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service’s Assistant County Fire Officer and Director of Prevention and Protection, Geoff Harris, said:

 

“Firstly I want to express my deepest sympathies to all those affected by the tragic incident in London. Our thoughts are with the families of those who have lost loved ones and seen their homes destroyed and with the emergency services who continue to work in very challenging circumstances. 

 

“I want to reassure people in Greater Manchester that incidents of this scale, involving people’s homes, are extremely rare.

 

“Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service works closely with local councils and housing providers to ensure all buildings are as safe from fire as possible, and that staff can advise residents about how to stay safe. We have assessed every high rise building in Greater Manchester and our officers and crews visit each one to make sure that they are familiar with the building in case they need to attend any fire or other incident that may happen there.  

 

We would urge everyone to ensure they have a working smoke alarm and if your smoke alarm sounds or if you become aware of a fire in another flat our advice is to ‘get out, stay out and call us out’. 

 

“If you have a specific concern or feel vulnerable please call our Contract Centre on 0800 555 815 who will be able to provide advice or book you in for a Safe and Well Visit.”

Last update: 26/06/2017 11:14:23
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