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Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 Report recommendations – Progress on implementation

Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 Report recommendations – Progress on implementation

Last updated: December 2021

Recommendation 33.10a

That the owner and manager of every high-rise residential building be required by law to provide their local fire and rescue service with information about the design of its external walls together with details of the materials of which they are constructed and to inform the fire and rescue service of any material changes made to them.

Progress date:

Autumn 2021

Responsible for completion:

  • Government

Status

In progress

Recommendation 33.10b

That all fire and rescue services ensure that their personnel at all levels understand the risk of fire taking hold in the external walls of high-rise buildings and know how to recognise it when it occurs

Progress date:

April 2022

Responsible for completion:

  • Fire and Rescue Services

Status for fire and rescue services

In progress

Status for London Fire Brigade

Complete

Recommendation 33.11a

That the London Fire Brigade review, and revise as appropriate, Appendix 1 to Policy Number (PN) 633 to ensure that it fully reflects the principles in Generic Risk Assessment (GRA) 3.2.

Responsible for completion:

  • London Fire Brigade

Status

Complete

Recommendation 33.11b

That the London Fire Brigade ensure that all officers of the rank of Crew Manager and above are trained in carrying out the requirements of Policy Number (PN) 633 relating to the inspection of high-rise buildings.

Responsible for completion:

  • London Fire Brigade

Status

Complete

Theme 3

Plans

Recommendation 33.12a

That the owner and manager of every high-rise residential building be required by law to provide their local fire and rescue services with up-to-date plans in both paper and electronic form of every floor of the building identifying the location of key fire safety systems.

Progress date:

Autumn 2021

Responsible for completion:

  • Government

Status

In progress

Recommendation 33.12b

That the owner and manager of every high-rise residential building be required by law to ensure that the building contains a premises information box, the contents of which must include a copy of the up-to-date floor plans and information about the nature of any lift intended for use by the fire and rescue services.

Progress date:

Autumn 2021

Responsible for completion:

  • Government

Status

In progress

Recommendation 33.12c

That all fire and rescue services be equipped to receive and store electronic plans and to make them available to incident commanders and control room managers

Progress date:

March 2022

Responsible for completion:

  • Fire and Rescue Services

Status for fire and rescue services

In progress

Status for London Fire Brigade

In progress

Theme 4

Lifts

Recommendation 33.13a

That the owner and manager of every high-rise residential building be required by law to carry out regular inspections of any lifts that are designed to be used by firefighters in an emergency and to report the results of such inspections to their local fire and rescue service at monthly intervals.

Progress date:

Autumn 2021

Responsible for completion:

  • Government

Status

In progress

Recommendation 33.13b

That the owner and manager of every high-rise residential building be required by law to carry out regular tests of the mechanism which allows firefighters to take control of the lifts and to inform their local fire and rescue service at monthly intervals that they have done so

Progress date:

Autumn 2021

Responsible for completion:

  • Government

Status

In progress

Recommendation 33.14a

That the London Fire Brigade review its policies on communications between the control room and the incident commander.

Responsible for completion:

  • London Fire Brigade

Status

Complete

Recommendation 33.14b

That all officers who may be expected to act as incident commanders (i.e. all those above the rank of Crew Manager) receive training directed to the specific requirements of communication with the control room.

Responsible for completion:

  • London Fire Brigade

Status

Complete

Recommendation 33.14c

That all control room operators of Assistant Operations Manager rank and above receive training directed to the specific requirements of communication with the incident commander.

Responsible for completion:

  • London Fire Brigade

Status

Complete

Recommendation 33.14d

That a dedicated communication link be provided between the senior officer in the control room and the incident commander.

Responsible for completion:

  • London Fire Brigade

Status

Complete

Recommendation 33.15a

That the London Fire Brigade’s policies be amended to draw a clearer distinction between callers seeking advice and callers who believe they are trapped and need rescuing.

Responsible for completion:

  • London Fire Brigade

Status

Complete

Recommendation 33.15b

That the London Fire Brigade provide regular and more effective refresher training to control room operators at all levels, including supervisors.

Responsible for completion:

  • London Fire Brigade

Status

Complete

Recommendation 33.15c

That all fire and rescue services develop policies for handling a large number of fire survival guidance calls simultaneously.

Progress date:

April 2022

Responsible for completion:

  • Fire and Rescue Services

Status for fire and rescue services

In progress

Status for London Fire Brigade

Complete

Recommendation 33.15d

That electronic systems be developed to record fire survival guidance information in the control room and display it simultaneously at the bridgehead and in any command units

Progress date:

April 2022

Responsible for completion:

  • Fire and Rescue Services

Status for fire and rescue services

In progress

Status for London Fire Brigade

In progress

Recommendation 33.15e

That policies be developed for managing a transition from “stay put” to “get out”.

Progress date:

April 2022

Responsible for completion:

  • Fire and Rescue Services

Status for fire and rescue services

In progress

Status for London Fire Brigade

Complete

Recommendation 33.15f

That control room staff receive training directed specifically to handling such a change of advice and conveying it effectively to callers.

Progress date:

April 2022

Responsible for completion:

  • Fire and Rescue Services

Status for fire and rescue services

In progress

Status for London Fire Brigade

Complete

Recommendation 33.16

That steps be taken to investigate methods by which assisting control rooms can obtain access to the information available to the host control room.

Progress date:

April 2022

Responsible for completion:

  • Fire and Rescue Services

Status for fire and rescue services

In progress

Status for London Fire Brigade

Complete

Recommendation 33.17

That the London Ambulance Service and Metropolitan Police Service review their protocols and policies to ensure that their operators can identify fire survival guidance calls (as defined by the London Fire Brigade) and pass them to the London Fire Brigade as soon as possible.

Responsible for completion:

  • London Ambulance Service and Metropolitan Police

Status

Complete

Recommendation 33.18a

That the London Fire Brigade develop policies and training to ensure better control of deployments and the use of resources.

Responsible for completion:

  • London Fire Brigade

Status

Complete

Recommendation 33.18b

That the London Fire Brigade develop policies and training to ensure that better information is obtained from crews returning from deployments and that the information is recorded in a form that enables it to be made available immediately to the incident commander (and thereafter to the command units and the control room).

Progress date:

Autumn 2021

Responsible for completion:

  • London Fire Brigade

Status

In progress

Recommendation 33.19

That the London Fire Brigade develop a communication system to enable direct communication between the control room and the incident commander and improve the means of communication between the incident commander and the bridgehead.

Responsible for completion:

  • London Fire Brigade

Status

Complete

Recommendation 33.20

That the London Fire Brigade investigate the use of modern communication techniques to provide a direct line of communication between the control room and the bridgehead, allowing information to be transmitted directly between the control room and the bridgehead and providing an integrated system of recording fire survival guidance information and the results of deployments. 

Progress date:

December 2021

Responsible for completion:

  • London Fire Brigade

Status

In progress

Theme 8

Equipment

Recommendation 33.21a

That the London Fire Brigade urgently take steps to obtain equipment that enables firefighters wearing helmets and breathing apparatus to communicate with the bridgehead effectively, including when operating in high-rise buildings.

Progress date:

August 2022

Responsible for completion:

  • London Fire Brigade

Status

In progress

Recommendation 33.21b

That urgent steps be taken to ensure that the command support system is fully operative on all command units and that crews are trained in its use.

Responsible for completion:

  • London Fire Brigade

Status

Complete

Theme 9

Evacuation

Recommendation 33.22a

That the government develop national guidelines for carrying out partial or total evacuations of high-rise residential buildings, such guidelines to include the means of protecting fire exit routes and procedures for evacuating persons who are unable to use the stairs in an emergency, or who may require assistance (such as disabled people, older people and young children).

Progress date:

TBC

Responsible for completion:

  • Government

Status

In progress

Recommendation 33.22b

That fire and rescue services develop policies for partial and total evacuation of high-rise residential buildings and training to support them.

Progress date:

April 2022

Status for fire and rescue services

In progress

Status for London Fire Brigade

Complete

Recommendation 33.22c

That the owner and manager of every high-rise residential building be required by law to draw up and keep under regular review evacuation plans, copies of which are to be provided in electronic and paper form to their local fire and rescue service and placed in an information box on the premises.

Progress date:

Autumn 2021

Responsible for completion:

  • Government

Status

In progress

Recommendation 33.22d

That all high-rise residential buildings (both those already in existence and those built in the future) be equipped with facilities for use by the fire and rescue services enabling them to send an evacuation signal to the whole or a selected part of the building by means of sounders or similar devices.

Progress date:

TBC

Responsible for completion:

  • Government

Status

In progress

Recommendation 33.22e

That the owner and manager of every high-rise residential building be required by law to prepare personal emergency evacuation plans (PEEPs) for all residents whose ability to self-evacuate may be compromised (such as persons with reduced mobility or cognition).

Progress date:

PEEPs Consultation completed 19 July

Responsible for completion:

  • Government

Status

In progress

Recommendation 33.22f

That the owner and manager of every high-rise residential building be required by law to include up-to-date information about persons with reduced mobility and their associated personal emergency evacuation plans (PEEPs) in the premises information box.

Progress date:

PEEPs Consultation completed 19 July

Responsible for completion:

  • Government

Status

In progress

Recommendation 33.22g

That all fire and rescue services be equipped with smoke hoods to assist in the evacuation of occupants through smoke-filled exit routes.

Progress date:

December 2021

Responsible for completion:

  • Fire and Rescue Services

Status for fire and rescue services

In progress

Status for London Fire Brigade

Complete

Recommendation 33.27

That in all high-rise buildings floor numbers be clearly marked on each landing within the stairways and in a prominent place in all lobbies in such a way as to be visible both in normal conditions and in low lighting or smoky conditions.

Progress date:

Autumn 2021

Responsible for completion:

  • Government

Status

In progress

Recommendation 33.28

That the owner and manager of every residential building containing separate dwellings (whether or not it is a high-rise building) be required by law to provide fire safety instructions (including instructions for evacuation) in a form that the occupants of the building can reasonably be expected to understand, taking into account the nature of the building and their knowledge of the occupants.

Progress date:

Autumn 2021

Responsible for completion:

  • Government

Status

In progress

Theme 11

Fire doors

Recommendation 33.29a

That the owner and manager of every residential building containing separate dwellings (whether or not they are high-rise buildings) carry out an urgent inspection of all fire doors to ensure that they comply with applicable legislative standards.

Progress date:

Autumn 2021

Responsible for completion:

  • Government

Status

In progress

Recommendation 33.29b

That the owner and manager of every residential building containing separate dwellings (whether or not they are high-rise buildings) be required by law to carry out checks at not less than three-monthly intervals to ensure that all fire doors are fitted with effective self-closing devices in working order.

Progress date:

Autumn 2021

Responsible for completion:

  • Government

Status

In progress

Recommendation 33.30

That all those who have responsibility in whatever capacity for the condition of the entrance doors to individual flats in high-rise residential buildings, whose external walls incorporate unsafe cladding, be required by law to ensure that such doors comply with current standards.

Progress date:

Autumn 2021

Responsible for completion:

  • Government

Status

In progress

Recommendation 33.31a

That the Joint Doctrine be amended to make it clear that each emergency service must communicate the declaration of a Major Incident to all other Category 1 Responders as soon as possible.

Progress date:

October 2021

Responsible for completion:

  • Emergency Services

Status

In progress

Recommendation 33.31b

That the Joint Doctrine be amended to make it clear that on the declaration of a Major Incident, clear lines of communication must be established as soon as possible between the control rooms of the individual emergency services.

Progress date:

October 2021

Responsible for completion:

  • Emergency Services

Status

In progress

Recommendation 33.31c

That the Joint Doctrine be amended to make it clear that a single point of contact should be designated within each control room to facilitate such communication.

Progress date:

October 2021

Responsible for completion:

  • Emergency Services

Status

In progress

Recommendation 33.31d

That the Joint Doctrine be amended to make it clear that a “METHANE” message should be sent as soon as possible by the emergency service declaring a Major Incident.

Progress date:

October 2021

Responsible for completion:

  • Emergency Services

Status

In progress

Recommendation 33.32

That steps be taken to investigate the compatibility of the London Fire Brigade (LFB) systems with those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and the London Ambulance Service (LAS) with a view to enabling all three emergency services’ systems to read each other’s messages.

Progress date:

TBC

Responsible for completion:

  • Emergency Services

Status

In progress

Recommendation 33.33

That steps be taken to ensure that the airborne datalink system on every National Police Air Service helicopter observing an incident which involves one of the other emergency services defaults to the National Emergency Service user encryption.

Responsible for completion:

  • National Police Air Service

Status

Complete

Recommendation 33.34

That the London Fire Brigade, the Metropolitan Police Service, the London Ambulance Service and the London local authorities all investigate ways of improving the collection of information about survivors and making it available more rapidly to those wishing to make contact with them

Progress date:

September 2021

Responsible for completion:

  • London Emergency Services

Status

In progress