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14-06-21

NFCC remembers those who lost their lives in the Grenfell Tower fire

The Chair of the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) today remembers all who lost their lives in the Grenfell Tower fire four years ago.

Mark Hardingham, NFCC Chair, commented: “Today marks the fourth anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire and I will be reflecting with colleagues on the 72 people who lost their lives. My thoughts are also with those who suffered injuries, along with the families, friends and community which continues to be affected by this terrible tragedy.

“I have been shocked by the public inquiry’s recent findings, and the many organisations involved in the refurbishment who neither face up to their responsibilities or take accountability for their actions.

“The recent evidence that suggested decisions about the refurbishment were focussed more on the aesthetics of the building than the fire safety of those within it will have been distressing evidence to all those concerned. This also further reinforces the difficult situation firefighters faced on the night of the fire and the actions they took to try and save lives in a failing building.

“NFCC is continuing its work with government and Fire and Rescue Services to improve the building safety regime and ensure people feel safe in their homes. I want to see everyone afforded the right level of protection and safety from fire, regardless of where they live.

Notes:

  • Work remains underway in relation to the inquiry’s recommendations, including new Fire Survival Guidance for Fire Controls, training packages on Emergency Evacuation Alert Systems and Fires in Tall Buildings Evacuation Guidance.
  • Other areas of NFCC work include the Building Risk Review; a review of all high-rise residential buildings over 18m coordinated by NFCC and supporting FRS across the country.
  • NFCC continues to advise FRSs and Government.
  • Work includes a range of themes including compartmentation, evacuation advice, competence and premises information 
  • NFCC led changes have already been used to help save lives including the use of the NTG20 talk group to share risk critical information
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