Press Statement - Grenfell Tower, London 

In response to the devastating fire in London this morning, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Andrew Thomas for South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said, “Our thoughts and sympathies go out to those affected in this unprecedented fire, and also to the emergency responders who have been tackling this incident.

“As a Service, we would like to reassure our communities that this type of fire is rare and that high-rise buildings are designed to resist fire, stop the spread of smoke and provide a safe means of escape.

“We work closely with the housing sector and local authorities to ensure our high-rise buildings comply with fire safety legislation. The Service operates a risk based inspection programme, giving advice and guidance, and where necessary use our regulatory powers to enforce the legislation.

“To support our operational response, crews undertake familiarisation visits and training at high risk premises, which includes high-rise buildings.

“As a Fire and Rescue Service, we wish to remind all landlords of their responsibility to undertake a fire risk assessment in line with fire safety legislation. General fire precautions must also include evacuation strategies.

“Any lessons learned from the investigation into today's Grenfell Tower fire will be incorporated into planning arrangements for dealing with incidents at high-rise properties.”

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