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 June 2021, the NFCC surveyed all fire and rescue services in England about their progress against recommendation 33.10b:
- 23% of services (10 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.
- 70% of services (31 services) reported they will have completed training and assessment by April 2022.
- 7% of services (3 services) have not yet reviewed existing training. One service has no risk associated with high-rise residential building risk in their area, and follow neighbouring service procedure, their inspection teams have appropriate training. The other services consider the existing training products to be suitable, so have focused on making changes to other areas, but intend on reviewing training when capacity allows.
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
London Fire Brigade 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.