From Area Manager Garry Collins – Head of Fire Protection. Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service
NFRS Service Statement on Grenfell Towers – High Rise Buildings
Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service are saddened by the tragedy that is unfolding at Grenfell Towers in London. Our Thoughts are with the people of London and the firefighters who are working so hard in extremely challenging conditions. We do not intend to comment on the circumstances around this incident at this stage.
Thankfully, fires of this type are rare. High-rise buildings and regulations are very stringent and are designed to resist fire and stop the spread of smoke to provide a safe exit for residents. Most fires do not spread further than one or two rooms and rarely beyond the flat where they started.
We would like to assure everybody that Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service carries out inspections of high-rise buildings in our county. We hold information for these buildings to help our firefighters. Our crews also carry out familiarisation visits and training exercises. The most recent of these exercises were in Normandie Towers on 18th and 25th May. We have detailed operational procedures for high rise buildings which we review periodically. Any lessons learned from incidents including today's Grenfell Tower fire will be incorporated into procedures.
We also undertake Home Fire Risk Checks and install smoke alarms which are your early warning of fire.
How can residents keep safe?
The best thing people can do is ensure they take care and prevent fires occurring in the first place.
Beware of smoking materials, candles and overloading electrical sockets. Take care when cooking and never leave a stove unattended.
We cannot stress enough the need for working smoke alarms in flats so that people get the very earliest warning of fire in their own home.
If a fire occurs in their own home they should GET OUT / STAY OUT and Call 999 – closing doors behind them.
OR. ..If you can see Fire, Hear Fire or Smell Fire - GET OUT / STAY OUT and Call 999
In more complex building such as high rise residents should be aware and follow the fire evacuation guidance for their building. Know your building
Top Tips for people living in high-rise accommodation:
More information about protecting yourself from fire can be found on our website at Safety-in-your-home