Recommendations of the Grenfell Phase 1 Inquiry

FOI Number: FOI23056

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Published on 28 July 2023

Ref: FOI/23056

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST  

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 15th April 2023

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request.

With reference to the recommendations of the Grenfell Phase 1 Inquiry, specifically Chapter 33 Section 12 Evacuation (33.22) parts B and G, please can you advise what WMFRS have implemented with regards to:

33.22 B – policies and training for the partial or full evacuation of a high-rise residential building.

Reply

Following the implementation of National Operational Guidance (NOG) within WMFS we revised our policies in relation to Tall Building, Fire Survival Guidance & Evacuation and Fires in Buildings policies.  Training packages have been developed which are now live.  Our policies and organisational learning packages include partial and full evacuation. 

Request

33.22 G – That all FRS are equipped with smoke hoods (also what other frontline equipment has been introduced).

Reply

Yes, Fire Escape Hoods (smoke hoods) have been in use operationally within the WMFS from 07/09/2020.  We purchased 300 operational Fire Escape Hoods (smoke hoods) and 50 training Fire Escape Hoods (smoke hoods) with the Grenfell Infrastructure fund, as well as; 

2 X Leader Batfan (electric positive pressure ventilation fans) 

3 X GP85 Light Portable Pumps (wet riser mitigation) 

50 X Smoke Curtains 

6 X Drones 

6 x Drone Tablets 

FSG Sector Commander

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