Several fire and rescue services across the North West of England are joining forces to improve fire safety in high-rise buildings.
The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) North West Protection Group — which comprises Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service — has developed new video resources to further support the safety of residents living in blocks of flats across the region.
The new material, which is available on the fire services’ websites, is designed to help organisations that are legally responsible for fire safety in high-rise buildings, as well as individuals working on their behalf, manage their buildings compliance with the regulations. The resources will also be used to better residents’ understanding of the fire safety arrangements in their buildings.
Exactly a year to the day (23 January 2023), the Fire Safety England Regulations came into effect and implemented the majority of the 46 recommendations for change made by the Grenfell Tower Inquiry in its Phase 1 report, including many that required new legislation.
Catherine Levin discovered earlier today the immense impact the Grenfell Tower fire had and continues to have on those left behind, as she attended the first day of Grenfell Testimony Week at Church House in Westminster.
A year in the making
The NFCC North West Protection Group has worked with councils, housing associations and managing agents over the last year to support compliance with the new laws and keep residents safe. This work has included sharing information through online events, developing leaflets that can be distributed to residents and producing guidance and templates to support fault reporting.
GMFRS Director of Prevention and Protection, Carlos Meakin, said, “Since the fire at Grenfell Tower in 2017 more than 200 blocks of flats have needed to change their evacuation strategy because of serious fire safety concerns. This causes worry for residents and we recognise the importance of providing up-to-date information and advice about what to do in the event of a fire whilst these issues are being addressed with those responsible for the building’s safety. The new resources will also help us support those responsible for fire safety in high-rise buildings to comply with the new legislation.
“By taking a regional approach to high-rise building safety, we can ensure that our messages are consistent, and those responsible for a building’s safety are receiving clear information on how to stay safe.”
There are thousands of high-rise residences across the North West, with many more under costruction and proposed. Initiatives like this from the NFCC North West Protection Group will help ensure the people living in these buildings have access to fire safety information, reducing the risk of fire and helping residents feel safe in their homes.
This is just one of numerous projects being undertaken by the NFCC North West Protection Group to improve the standards of building and business safety across the region.
To access the new video resources, and for more information on fire safety in blocks of flats, including specific advice for both residents and responsible persons, please visit: www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/your-safety/the-fire-safety-england-regulations-2022