18172 – Highrise familiarisation training

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Ref: FOI/18172

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

I am writing to confirm that the West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information you requested on 28th November 20118

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

  1. After the fire at Lakanal House on 3 July 2009, what training were your crews and / or Incident Commanders given on the following:
    a) the spread of fire over the external surface of a building;
    b) fire that might behave in a manner inconsistent with the compartmentation principle;
    c) when and how to change the “stay put” advice and institute a simultaneous evacuation of a block of flats.

Reply

  1. Crews did familiarisation visits/Inspections to high rise blocks and stat high rise buildings inspections.
  2. We rely on these systems working. However we supplied crews Information on compartmentation  i.e 1 hour protection per compartment and fire door ratings. Location of Bridgheads is a safety measure. FF8 Fire Safety Ecademy packages.
  3. This is being reviewed and updated in the new High Rise Operational notes.

Request

In each example, please provide a summary of the training provided, the date it began to be delivered to crews / incident commanders and whether it is still on-going (if not, what date did it cease).

Reply

  • The e learning module was created in October 2013
  • The e learning module for high rise, was  made available to the Organisation in July 2015
  • The high rise module was reviewed following the incident in Cleveland Tower 2017 (which occurred just after Grenfell Tower)

The Fire Survival guidance and the CS10B were reviewed also by Fire Control.

Request

After the fire at Grenfell Tower in 14 June 2017, what training have your crews and / or Incident Commanders been given on the following:
a) the spread of fire over the external surface of a building;
b) fire that might behave in a manner inconsistent with the compartmentation principle;
c) when and how to change the “stay put” advice and institute a simultaneous evacuation of a block of flats.

Reply

  1. a) There is information in the High Rise Ecademy package on the Coanda effect.
  2. b) Location of Bridgheads is a safety measure. FF8 Fire Safety Ecademy packages.
  3. c) This is being reviewed and updated in the new High Rise Operational notes and Incident Command Minerva assessments for development and assessment of FireFighter’s on the progression model to Crew Commanders.

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