Here’s our latest statement following the news that cladding and insulation systems on nine high rise blocks in Salford have failed the latest Department for Communities and Local Government fire tests.
Jim Hutton, Area Manager and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service lead for the high-rise taskforce, said: “Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service continues to work with housing providers and local authorities to reassure residents living in high rises across Greater Manchester.
“GMFRS is carrying out proactive inspections of all high rise premises to ensure all buildings comply with fire safety regulations and people feel safe in their homes. So far, we have inspected 253 high rises, which includes 71 that have failed the first Building Research Establishment (BRE) fire test.
“High rises with cladding systems that have failed the current round of testing and haven’t yet been inspected will be visited by fire officers as a matter of urgency.
“If you are concerned about a system installed on your premises you are advised to discuss with your housing provider who should be able to advise you on the type of cladding system used and the approvals process carried out by the relevant building control body.
Find out more about the high-rises in Salford on Salford City Council’s website.
GMFRS is working with housing providers and local authorities to ensure every high rise is safe and receives the right fire safety advice. So far, we have carried out compliance inspections in 253 high rises across Greater Manchester.