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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Service offers sympathies to London fire victims and reassures our high rise residents

Director of Prevent and Protect Glynn Luznyj said: “We are deeply saddened by the incident in London and our thoughts remain with all those who have been affected by this fire, including our colleagues in the emergency services who have responded in a magnificent way to this disastrous fire.


“This is a tragic situation and we cannot speculate as to what the cause of the fire was until the fire investigation has been completed.

“We have 41 buildings in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent which are five stories or more and it is important that people who live in those buildings don’t now panic in light of recent events. However it is important that they know what to do in the event of a fire so that they can protect themselves and their families and we have provided information on our website regarding this and Local Authorities, Housing Associations and Landlord Organisations are also communicating this information with their tenants.

“Preventing fires in high rise properties or at least minimizing the risk to life and the level of damage is an extremely high priority for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service. This is why commenced our sprinkler project in 2016 to encourage the installation of sprinklers in all of the 41 buildings in our area.
“These sprinkler systems mean our firefighters are at less risk when tackling a fire in a high rise building as well as reducing the risk to the occupiers.

“Work is due to be completed on a sprinkler installation in high rise blocks at David Garrick Gardens in Lichfield this month and sprinkler systems are currently being installed in  three low rise buildings in Stoke-On-Trent.


“Our Firefighters are committed to saving lives and we can imagine the impact of this fire is devastating for the London firefighters, who we remain ready to support in any way possible.”

For more information about how to stay safe if you live in a high rise building please visit (http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/4219.asp)