Residents are being reassured by Greater Manchester fire officers following a major tower block incident in London today.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service’s Assistant County Fire Officer and Director of Prevention and Protection, Geoff Harris, said:
“Firstly I want to express my deepest sympathies to all those affected by the tragic incident in London. Our thoughts are with the families of those who have lost loved ones and seen their homes destroyed and with the emergency services who continue to work in very challenging circumstances.
“I want to reassure people in Greater Manchester that incidents of this scale, involving people’s homes, are extremely rare.
“Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service works closely with local councils and housing providers to ensure all buildings are as safe from fire as possible, and that staff can advise residents about how to stay safe. We have assessed every high rise building in Greater Manchester and our officers and crews visit each one to make sure that they are familiar with the building in case they need to attend any fire or other incident that may happen there.
“We would urge everyone to ensure they have a working smoke alarm and if your smoke alarm sounds or if you become aware of a fire in another flat our advice is to ‘get out, stay out and call us out’.
“If you have a specific concern or feel vulnerable please call our Contract Centre on 0800 555 815 who will be able to provide advice or book you in for a Safe and Well Visit.”