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High rise buildings to be visited as part of safety programme
written by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue on the 30th June 2017 at 13:15

From Monday July 3rd, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) will start a programme of visits to all of the area's high rise buildings (of 6 floors and more). Over the coming weeks each of the 182 buildings will receive a visit from TWFRS crews, Fire Safety and Prevention and Education (P&E) teams. This is a continuation of the Service's ongoing safety and reassurance campaign, in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Alan Robson, TWFRS Assistant Chief Officer, commented: “We know that following the terrible fire in Grenfell Tower, many residents in high rise homes have been concerned about fire safety in their buildings. The facts are that the levels of fire safety compliance in high-rise dwellings across Tyne and Wear is very high. But we also know that some residents have been unsettled by recent events, and we are here to provide them with the reassurance that they need." "Since the tragedy we have been working with local authorities and other housing providers to support their fire safety responsibilities, as well as providing reassurance and fire safety information to residents.” Alan further responded to comments made on today's Evening Chronicle website, by a local firefighter, regarding the safety of high rise buildings. “Obviously the comments made were in a personal capacity, with the individual expressing his own views, not those of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service. Our position is clear, we work closely with housing providers to give residents the confidence that their buildings are safe. "The additional on-going work with local authorities and other housing providers and the launch of this further phase of our reassurance campaign, compliments this activity. "In addition residents can find a range of very helpful information on this website to support them in helping to keep their homes fire safe.” During the next phase of the programme TWFRS will undertake fire safety checks, and crews will carry out inspections to update building knowledge and prevention teams will be on hand to provide advice to residents. Alan concluded: “Effective fire safety involves safe buildings, informed residents and an intelligence-led fire service. We believe that these visits will provide the reassurance and information that is required by occupants.”
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