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Derbyshire response to Grenfell Tower Fire

Last updated 30th June, 2017

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service – Response to the Grenfell Tower fire

A national response to the Grenfell fire is being co-ordinated by the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) who have formed the NFCC High rise coordination group.

There are 600 high rise buildings identified across the country which require inspection. Derbyshire only has one high rise residential building. This is Rivermead House in Derby. An inspection and assurance for residents was carried out within days of the Grenfell fire.

There are currently no buildings identified in Derbyshire as having the aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding.

Additionally 28 premises of 6 or more floors have been identified in Derbyshire, these include, flats, educational establishments including student accommodation, hotels and commercial premises. We will be inspecting these premises over the coming weeks to ensure they have suitable and sufficient fire risk assessments.

On Saturday 24 June we started to receive requests for Fire Safety Inspectors to carry out audits of all health premises. This was obviously impracticable to complete by Sunday evening. As such we prioritised The Royal Derby Hospital, London Road Community Hospital, Kingsway Hospital and the Radbourne Unit and sample audits were carried out on Sunday 25 June. Chesterfield Royal Hospital will be audited at the beginning of next week.

The Department of Health has since reviewed the requirement to inspect all Health buildings, to those which have inpatients.

The NFCC have received the following advice from Government. Local fire services should feel able to make their own decisions about prioritisation in conjunction with their partners at a local level. As you know from a national perspective our first focus has been on those residential tower blocks that have similar characteristics to Grenfell Tower. In respect of the NHS estates, Government have also been clear that the NHS, as the landlord, has their own fire safety responsibilities and it isn’t only for FRS.

There are 38 priority NHS sites in the country and within this list, 9 sites that NHS consider, in discussion with NFCC, present the greatest risk when considered against both cladding risk and the fire risk assessment. Derbyshire does not have any of these prioritised sites.

We want to do everything we can to work with NHS colleagues and have done so throughout the weekend. We will continue to direct our resources based on those that present the greatest risk in the view of NHS colleagues.

Terry McDermott
Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive
Contact Officer: Alex Johnson – Area Manager – Community Safety
[email protected]

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