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Multi-agency group discusses Staffordshire high rise buildings after Grenfell Tower Fire

A multi-agency meeting has taken place to discuss the on-going and future work to ensure the safety of all Staffordshire residents living in high rise tower blocks.

“The meeting today allowed all relevant agencies to get together and update each other on the actions they have taken, or will be taking, to ensure their properties are safe and that they remain that way."

Director of Prevent and protect Glynn Luznjy

Representatives from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS), Staffordshire County Council, local councils, and housing associations, met to discuss high rise tower blocks on Friday June 23 at the Civil Contingency Unit in Stafford.

The meeting was chaired by SFRS’s Director of Prevent and Protect, Glynn Luznyj and saw each agency  provide an update about their work  within Staffordshire following the Grenfell Tower incident in London on June 14.

At the multi-agency meeting  the group talked through national  concerns about the external cladding material used on the Grenfell tower and other high rise buildings.  Those who are responsible for buildings with cladding confirmed they are working with manufacturers be doubly sure it is flame resistant.

Since the tower fire it has been found that there are 600 high rise buildings in the country with similar cladding to that installed at Grenfell Tower. However, only 11 of these are believed to be combustible and none of them are believed to be in the Stoke-on-Trent or Staffordshire area.

Several of representatives said they would be beginning the process of having sprinklers installed in high rise buildings or exploring compartmentation system options.

Glynn Luznyj said: “Although we can see something has gone seriously wrong for the fire at Grenfell Tower to have progressed the way it did, we cannot speculate what actually happened or caused it. A very thorough investigation into the fire is underway and until that is completed we cannot make any assumptions.

“However, we are doing what we can to ensure residents in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire feel safe in their homes and know what to do in the event of a fire.

“The meeting today allowed all relevant agencies to get together and update each other on the actions they have taken, or will be taking, to ensure their properties are safe and that they remain that way.

“We’re extremely pleased that more high rise buildings in Staffordshire are set to have sprinklers installed. The difference they can make really is life-saving – it’s like having your own personal firefighter there in your home.

“Keeping the lines of communication open with our partners is such an important part of our prevention work  as a Service and we will continue to work together to make sure residents in high rise buildings are safe.”

Fore more safety advice on high rise building fire safety please visit our website: http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/4219.asp.