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Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, Geoff Harris from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said: “There is no doubt in my mind that the horrific inferno that engulfed Grenfell Tower will provide a defining moment in relation to fire safety in high rise buildings across the UK. It will still be some time before we fully understand what has happened and identify any learning that emerges.
“In the meantime, fire safety advice from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service remains that if you have a fire or become aware of a fire in your home which includes blocks of flats, you should get out, stay out and call us out. If you live in a block of flats where your landlord has advised you to ‘stay put’ in the event of a fire, this is their advice which they should have based on an individual fire risk assessment for that building.
"As a fire and rescue service, we don’t go into premises to validate risk assessments but as part of a rolling inspection program we will visit to assess the fire safety measures applied in that premises and review them. Where we find that a risk assessment is unsuitable we will take enforcement action.
“Andy Burnham the Mayor of Greater Manchester has established a high-rise task force which will be going across the whole of Greater Manchester, building by building, to provide fire safety reassurance. This task force is led by Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett and we are working closely with him, local councils and landlords to get us to a point where we can, as quickly as possible, assure all residents their homes are safe.
“If any resident is concerned about fire safety in their building or fire safety advice given they should contact us. We are committed to working with Housing Providers to support them in achieving the safest possible fire safety solutions in their buildings.”