The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) report that to fully address recommendation 33.10b, fire and rescue services should review all training products to ensure that the hazards associated with external wall system failures are identified, including those related to Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding, are covered, and then carry out training and assessment of all staff on how to identify control measures to respond to the hazard of fire spread in external wall systems.
In March 2023, the NFCC surveyed all fire and rescue services (with the exception of the LFB) in England about their progress against this recommendation:
91% of services (39 services) have completed this recommendation and have trained all relevant staff using NFCC products. This includes updated NFCC guidance and a suite of building information sheets to help services embed the lessons associated with fire spread on external walls of high-rise buildings. This represents a 21% increase from the previous NFCC survey completed in August 2022.
93% (40 services) will have completed this action by April 2023.
All services have reviewed their training.
The NFCC has produced a number of guidance documents and training materials to support services. These cover:
- High rise residential buildings and building failures
- Impact of fire or firefighting on structural elements or structural frames
- Impact of fire or firefighting on structural materials
- Partial or structural collapse: Fires in buildings
- External fire spread
- Undetected fire spread
- Fire spread breaching a compartment
- Fires in buildings greater than 18m
The LFB has reported that it has completed recommendation 33.10b. All of the Brigade’s operational and control staff have received training to recognise and understand the risks involved in fires taking hold in the external walls of high-rise buildings and how such risks may be mitigated to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters.