New high-rise evacuation training begins


Since 1 August, operational staff at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service have been training for new roles at incidents to evacuate buildings.

This includes both firefighters and Fire Control officers.

The new roles are part of the Service's wider response to Phase 1 of the Grenfell Fire Inquiry.

Around one-third of the Inquiry recommendations focused on building evacuation and improving case-by-case response. Over 484 tall buildings have been identified in Nottingham city. We have assessed almost every building's risk to residents and firefighters, ensuring our staff are trained on the specific risks for each building.

The training incorporates teams across the Service. This joined-up approach to each premises will help save lives.

Group Manager Chris Emmott said:

"There have been three high-rise fires in Nottinghamshire in recent weeks that Fire Control and firefighters have dealt with extremely well. This success is a direct result of our intense focus on tall building fires since Phase 1 of the Grenfell Fire Inquiry was published.  

"We are continuing to deliver training on how best to respond to tall building fires and evacuate residents, including a greater understanding of whether residents should stay put or evacuate.

"Fire Control and firefighters will always advise residents of what to do in the event of a fire, and are highly trained to do so."

More information about our response to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry can be found in a report to the meeting of the Nottinghamshire and City of Nottingham Fire and Rescue Authority from Friday 23 July 2021. The report can be found on Nottingham City Council's website

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