Post Major Incident Training

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Please release the following information relating to post-major incident training: 

1. After the fire at Lakanal House on 3 July 2009, what training were your crews and / or Incident Commanders given on the following: 
a) the spread of fire over the external surface of a building;
b) fire that might behave in a manner inconsistent with the compartmentation principle;
c) when and how to change the "stay put" advice and institute a simultaneous evacuation of a block of flats.  

In each example, please provide a summary of the training provided, the date it began to be delivered to crews / incident commanders and whether it is still on-going (if not, what date did it cease). 

2. After the fire at Grenfell Tower in 14 June 2017, what training have your crews and / or Incident Commanders been given on the following: 
a) the spread of fire over the external surface of a building;
b) fire that might behave in a manner inconsistent with the compartmentation principle;
c) when and how to change the "stay put" advice and institute a simultaneous evacuation of a block of flats.

In each example, please provide a summary of the training provided, the date it began to be delivered to crews / incident commanders and whether it is still on-going (if not, what date did it cease).  

 

Response detail: 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information Request

Please see below responses to your questions

1.After the fire at Lakanal House on 3 July 2009, what training were your crews and / or Incident Commanders given on the following:

Training to maintain operational competencies is delivered through a dedicated training team and covers all aspects of core duties that are reasonably foreseeable for a fire fighter or an incident commander to attend. This includes Breathing Apparatus, Road Traffic Collision, Rope Rescue, Water Rescue and other specialist skill sets. In terms of Incident Command training this is delivered to Level 1, 2 and 3 Incident Commanders and multi-agency training and competence is maintained by senior managers. Our incident monitoring and debriefing process enables us to identify and address areas of individual and organisational development.

a) the spread of fire over the external surface of a building;

All Inspecting Officers at Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) undergo a course on Building Regulations which covers B4 External Fire Spread, construction of external walls, space separation and roof coverings.  This is part of an inspecting officers ongoing competence. Our high rise firefighting tactics include external spotters who will identify any external fire spread or breaching of compartments.

b) fire that might behave in a manner inconsistent with the compartmentation principle;

Training on fire behaviour which includes methods of fire spread and fire extinguishment via compartment firefighting tactics have been taught in the initial recruit training and every 2 years during the BA modular course. This is carried out in house by our own fire behaviour instructors. This is part of an operational member of staff’s competence and is ongoing.

c) when and how to change the "stay put" advice and institute a simultaneous evacuation of a block of flats.  

Staff have not been given specific training on moving away from a stay put policy where this is the accepted and most appropriate strategy however, incident commanders will utilise dynamic risk assessment to understand risk, likelihood and severity of any incident and training is provided in risk assessment as part of their ongoing maintenance competence around incident command. Again this is ongoing.

In each example, please provide a summary of the training provided, the date it began to be delivered to crews / incident commanders and whether it is still on-going (if not, what date did it cease). 

After the fire at Grenfell Tower in 14 June 2017, what training have your crews and / or Incident Commanders been given on the following: 

a) the spread of fire over the external surface of a building;
b) fire that might behave in a manner inconsistent with the compartmentation principle;
c) when and how to change the "stay put" advice and institute a simultaneous evacuation of a block of flats.

Following Grenfell, an audit of all high rise buildings in Shropshire was undertaken by Fire Safety in conjunction with the local authority. A statement was prepared and delivered to all Watches to brief members of the public around the service policy and to contact fire safety if any further information was required. The buildings inspected were not believed to have any cladding issues. An Ops Flash was also created for Operational staff to raise awareness about the general information about high rise residential blocks in the County.

Each whole-time station and those retained stations that were most likely to attend a high rise fire on a makeup/additional appliance were programmed to carry out training and an exercise on Manor Heights in Hadley. This was run as a series of 5 pump exercises and a High Rise Exercise Debrief Responses document was produced.  This training was delivered through June 2017 to 14 November 2017.

 

 

 

Information Released: 

Yes

Received: 

Friday, 30 November, 2018

Responded: 

Thursday, 27 December, 2018

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