High Rise Taskforce

Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham set up the Greater Manchester High Rise Task Force to provide fire safety reassurance, building by building, and get us to a point where we can assure all residents their homes are safe, as quickly as possible.

Led by Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett, the task force includes landlords of tower blocks across the city region in both private and public ownership, as well as representatives from every local authority in Greater Manchester and other specialist officers who can offer support to ensure every high rise is safe and receives the right fire safety advice. The task force currently meets every 6 weeks and holds a quarterly residents forum.

What GMFRS are doing

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service has carried out proactive inspections of all high rise residential premises to ensure all buildings comply with fire safety regulations and people feel safe in their homes. We are working with local authorities and housing providers, in the public and private sector, to reassure residents living in high rises across Greater Manchester.

As part of this work, GMFRS is also offering residents a Safe and Well visit in their home. During the visits, GMFRS staff will discuss health advice, crime prevention as well as fire safety advice. Call 0800 555 815 to book a visit.

If any resident is concerned about fire safety in their building or fire safety advice given they should contact their housing provider or managing agent in the first instance. 

Leaseholders can also get free, impartial, legal advice on residential leasehold law from LEASE, a government-funded independent body.

Government testing of cladding systems

Following the Grenfell Tower fire, the Government commissioned the British Research Establishment to carry out a series of large-scale fire safety tests on ACM cladding systems as part of its Building Safety Programme. 

Specialist officers from GMFRS have carried out visits to identify any immediate issues which give cause for concern and assess any risks from cladding systems, where necessary. Working with the fire service, landlords and managing agents of these buildings have put in place measures to minimise the risk to residents in the event of a fire, which includes evacuation plans and 24-hour security patrols in the buildings.

More information regarding the tests and advice from the Expert Panel can be found on the MHCLG website

GMFRS will continue to work with housing providers and local authorities to reassure residents living in high-rises across Greater Manchester by ensuring every high-rise is safe and receives the right fire safety advice.

If you are concerned about a system installed on your premises you are advised to discuss with your housing provider who should be able to advise you on the type of cladding system used and the approvals process carried out by the relevant building control body.

If you have any concerns about the safety of your building you can get in touch with us by emailing highrise@manchesterfire.gov.uk or calling 0800 555815.

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