17 September 2019
London Fire Brigade has been interviewed under caution by the Metropolitan Police as part of the ongoing investigation into the Grenfell Tower fire.
The Brigade has been interviewed as a corporate body, rather than as an individual, in relation to sections 2 and 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act etc. 1974.
The Brigade said that it understood the important legalities and sensitivities of the investigation and has made this information public to demonstrate its commitment to transparency and to assisting in every way possible to "prevent such a devastating fire from ever happening again".
London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said: “We have always been subject to the Metropolitan Police investigation and I want to ensure it is accurately and publicly known the Brigade has now, voluntarily, given an interview ‘under caution in relation to the Health and Safety at Work Act’.
“As the fire and rescue service attending the Grenfell Tower fire it is entirely correct that we are part of the investigation. Hundreds of firefighters, officers and control officers have already provided voluntary police interviews and we will continue to do all we can to assist investigators.
“The bereaved, survivors and residents need answers and we must all understand what happened and why to prevent communities and emergency services from ever being placed in such impossible conditions ever again.
“This was the largest residential fire London Fire Brigade has attended in its history and we will also continue to ensure firefighters, officers and control officers and other Brigade staff are supported throughout this investigation and the on-going public Inquiry.”
London Fire Brigade
24 October 2019
16 September 2019