LFB commissioner believes Grenfell training ‘very difficult to implement’

LFB commissioner believes Grenfell training ‘very difficult to implement’

DANY COTTON, commissioner of London Fire Brigade (LFB), told the London Assembly that she still has concerns that ‘it would be very difficult to implement training’ for fires like Grenfell Tower.

The Guardian reported on Ms Cotton’s comments at the London Assembly, in which she feared that firefighters and commanders ‘could not be trained to tackle’ cladding fires similar to Grenfell: ‘I still have concerns that even though we have a far greater understanding of that [the spread of cladding fires], it would be very difficult to implement training to respond to some of these situations because it is still such an extraordinary event of such a big scale that we still have huge concerns about fires in those types of buildings.’

She had been criticised in the inquiry’s first phase report for claiming that preparing training for such a fire would be like planning for the ‘space shuttle landing on the Shard’, and at the assembly meeting, was asked why an LFB document from 2016, ‘detailing the risk of high-rise cladding fires’, had not been ‘disseminated’, responding ‘I don’t know why’.

The news outlet noted that she has ‘resisted calls to quit’ after the inquiry report was launched, with it having found LFB’s ‘failure to prepare and plan’ for such a fire ‘gravely inadequate’, as well as the brigade having been accused of ‘institutional failure’ for not informing firefighters about the risks of cladding fires. It also stated that LFB was an ‘institution at risk of not learning the lessons of the Grenfell Tower fire’.