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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Service's thoughts are with those affected by incident in London

“This has been one of the most serious fires I can recall in recent times and the incident is undoubtedly an extremely difficult and challenging one for all responding emergency services to deal with."

Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant

Following the incident involving Grenfell Tower in London last night Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant said “We are deeply saddened by the awful incident in London last night and our thoughts and condolences are with all those who have been directly affected by this fire. We of course also have our emergency services colleagues in our thoughts at this challenging time.

“This has been one of the most serious fires I can recall in recent times and the incident is undoubtedly an extremely difficult and challenging one for all responding emergency services to deal with.

“We do have a number of high rise buildings in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, and I would like to stress that at this stage we do not know what caused the fire in Grenfell Tower or what led to the fire spreading in the way that it did. We work very closely with housing providers and landlords of high rise premises in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire to ensure resident safety at all times. 

Our firefighters train to deal with this type of incident and will put these skills along with pre-determined operational procedures into practice when attending an incident of this nature.

“If you live in one of these buildings and you have any concerns about your safety please contact our Community Advice Team on 0800 0241 999 or visit the home safety area of our website.”

Media note:
Advice on home safety within flats and high rise buildings can be found in the Home Safety section of our website http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/HomeSafety.asp