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London Fire Brigade completes every recommendation of Grenfell Tower Inquiry, promises more changes to keep Londoners safe

  • April 9, 2024
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London Fire Brigade completes every recommendation of Grenfell Tower Inquiry, promises more changes to keep Londoners safe

London Fire Brigade (LFB) has announced that it has completed all 29 of the recommendations from Phase 1 of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. Improvements include changes to firefighter training, refreshed processes for managing major incidents and the introduction of innovative technology to support firefighting.

Specific examples include:

New equipment: London Fire Brigade has replaced the entire fleet of high-reach vehicles and introduced new 64 metre Turntable Ladders, the tallest ladders in service across Europe. New command units equipped with technology to improve incident commanders’ ability to respond at the incident ground entered service at the end of 2023.

Over 200 people have been rescued using escape hoods since their introduction in 2018. London’s firefighters are amongst the first in the UK to carry them and they offer the public protection from toxic smoke.

Improved communication: The latest upgrades and new fire ground radios allow firefighters wearing helmets and breathing apparatus (BA) sets to communicate effectively with their teams and entry control officers when inside buildings.

Drones are also used to transmit information about incidents. The drones provide live images and thermal imagery to better allow incident commanders to develop tactics to tackle fires. The drones can also act as a loudspeaker to provide instructions or reassurance and provide light in dark conditions.

Better processes: Changes have been implemented across the Brigade, enabling LFB to respond to the most challenging emergencies. This includes control officers benefitting from improved training on providing fire survival guidance, as well as software that allows members of the public to provide control officers with a video feed from an incident.

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