Dan Peters 30 October 2019

Grenfell inquiry: Better communication between councils and fire services needed

Grenfell inquiry: Better communication between councils and fire services needed image

‘Far better direct communication’ between local authorities and fire and rescue services is needed, an official inquiry has urged.

In a report focusing on events on the night of the Grenfell Tower blaze, chairman of the public inquiry into the disaster, Martin Moore-Bick, criticised the length of time it took Kensington & Chelsea LBC (RBKC) to obtain a ‘vital’ dangerous structures engineer (DSE) amid fears the building might collapse at any moment.

London Fire Brigade (LFB) control room officers had told the inquiry that they had been in touch with the inner London borough ‘several times’ in an attempt to get a contact number.

When the fire service asked the London Resilience Group for help, it responded by telling it to contact the council.

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