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Mass evacuation preparation (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 12th March 2020.

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Photo of Andrew Dismore Andrew Dismore Labour

What training have LFB staff had since the Grenfell Tower fire to conduct a mass evacuation in a building that should be under stay put principles?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

All watches were required to complete the training package associated with the ‘Operational News 37’ newsletter, which dealt with PN633 High Rise Firefighting and Fire Survival Guidance (FSG) in buildings that are failing. The majority of senior officers attended a one-day training session in December 2019/January 2020 specifically around the high rise policy, recognising signs and symptoms of building failure and identifying tools to implement a mass rescue and emergency evacuation in failing buildings. The Incident Command Team has conducted a series of 19 exercises while developing the new FSG policy, which is relevant to evacuation strategy.