- The Fire Sector Federation is relieved this report into the findings from the first phase of the Grenfell Inquiry has been released.
- It reinforces the need to press harder in the task to make fire safety a priority across the built environment.
- After a decade of neglect in fire safety control we must ensure that there is a decade of change and create new controls, competencies, and systems that prevent anything like this happening again.
- It will take time to absorb all the findings, but we commit ourselves to do so in order to make all our homes safer.
The threat of fire has always demanded serious attention. This comprehensive document explains why and rightly draws attention to poor performance and failures. It also suggests where responsibilities lie for the loss of life and injury that happened on 14 June 2017.
The Federation will continue to reflect however that, without an appropriate fire strategy and a clear strong regulatory framework, there is a danger that terrible events like Grenfell Tower can continue to happen.
Firefighting and rescue are the last - not first - line of defence. The Federation had been shouting in the dark to improve building control before the deaths in the fire at Lakanal House and will continue to do so until we see come into practice the changes proposed by the Government to implement the Hackitt Review on building fire safety.
Chairman Michael Harper said:
“The release today of the Grenfell Inquiry Phase 1 report, with its extensive criticism and recommendations for action, reminds everyone of how far the country has fallen in fire safety.
“It is a sad and crucial milestone. One that demands we all energetically continue the work we have started to rebuild public confidence in their homes being safe.
“The greatest memorial to those who we have lost and hurt is to not just to say ‘never again’ but to put in place the means that make that happen”.