High rise residents given advice how to evacuate from a blaze

STAFFORDSHIRE'S firefighters have been further developing their guidance for those who own and live in the county’s high rise buildings.

The move to re-evaluate comes after fire services across the country were urged to look at their practices following the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017.

In addition to the Community Sprinkler Project for Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire and the review of high rise residential buildings across the country, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service call handlers are also being put through upgraded procedures to ensure they can give the best advice to callers who are within any affected building during an incident.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue’s Director of Response Glynn Luznyj said: “It’s really important that anyone caught up in an incident knows what to do to protect themselves, their families and their neighbours.

“These types of incidents are few and far between but it’s of paramount importance that those who own and live in these buildings know what to do should the need arise.

“These buildings can be complex but the vast majority are designed with fire safety as their top priority. Doors, walls and floors are all designed to stop fire from spreading and we’re doing everything we can to ensure those buildings that don’t meet regulations are quickly adapted to fit the criteria.

“We are constantly evaluating the advice we give and the training our officers, both on the ground and in the control room, receive. These changes, alongside the Community Sprinkler Project, will hopefully ensure that lives aren’t lost should a fire break out in one of our county’s high rise buildings.

“From my perspective we have, and continue to implement, a robust mechanism for multi-agency debriefing and learning that enables us to learn from incidents like Grenfell going forward.”


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