Jim Hutton, Area Manager and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service lead for the high-rise taskforce, said: â€œWe are working closely with housing providers and local councils to ensure that high-rise building residents are safe - and feel safe - in their homes.
â€œWe have carried out visits to more than 180 high-rise properties in Greater Manchester to identify any immediate issues which give us cause for concern.
â€œWe will carry out a major joint inspection, alongside housing providers, of any building where the cladding has failed the Building Research Establishment tests. These inspections are detailed, taking in the region of two-and-a-half hours, and are aimed at identifying and mitigating risks. Results have now come back from 16 high-rise properties where cladding has failed, and we will have carried out these joint, detailed inspections in these buildings by the end of the day.
â€œWe expect to receive further test results in the coming days and will prioritise inspecting those buildings that fail the test.
â€œHousing providers in anyÂ building where the cladding has failed the test have put in place significant measures to minimise the risk to residents in the event of a fire. These include evacuation plans and 24-hour security patrols in the buildings.â€
More information is available at www.manchesterfire.gov.uk