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The Grenfell Tower Inquiry (GTI) phase 1 report has highlighted a series of significant issues for the London Fire Brigade. While every single person who attended that night did so to save lives, institutional failures meant that the overall response to the disaster was not good enough.
Dany Cotton will retire at the end of December, and, subject to the London Assembly confirmation hearing process, Andy Roe will become London Fire Commissioner on 1 January 2020. Andy brings a wealth of experience to the role, including from the Grenfell Tower fire, at which he took the decision to revoke the ‘stay put’ advice minutes after becoming incident commander. One of his first priorities will be to meet with the communities affected by the fire, to begin to rebuild their trust in the leadership of the London Fire Brigade.
I have been clear that I will do everything within my power to ensure that the Inquiry’s recommendations are implemented. To provide complete transparency, I will be publishing regular updates on progress against each recommendation.