25 November 2019
In light of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry report, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) have written a letter that calls for an 'urgent meeting' to discuss how the recommendations can be implemented 'quickly and efficiently' to make the country safer.
As part of a necessary 'turning point' in UK fire safety, the FBU request the creation of a forum of fire safety specialists, which should also include tenants.
The letter, written by FBU general secretary Matt Wrack, recommends that the forum should include fire safety specialists, representatives from central and local government, housing specialists, tenants’ organisations and other relevant organisations.
"The Grenfell Tower fire should be a turning point in fire safety across the UK," the letter says.
"All relevant parties should be represented to ensure the recommendations are realised.
"We wish to ensure that the lessons to be learned from this first phase of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry are put into practice and set a precedent for action on the recommendations that will be made in Phase 2.
The letter, which makes clear that the 'FBU believes that tenants’ representatives should have a voice in all matters,' was sent to representatives from the government and shadow cabinet, the London Fire Brigade, the National Fire Chiefs Council, the Mayor of London, the Local Government Association, the first ministers of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, fire safety bodies and the Grenfell community.
"We would welcome proposals from any organisation with a suitable venue to host the first meeting of the forum or we are happy to make such arrangements ourselves," Matt said.
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