Calderdale fire safety review 2017

The review of fire safety in buildings across Calderdale is now complete

Calderdale Council called for the local review after the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in London, the final report is now available, read: PDFFire Safety Review October 2017 [PDF 1456KB]

Organisations supporting the review included the Council, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and Together Housing, which manages social housing in Calderdale.

Since the Grenfell tragedy in June 2017, actions taken in Calderdale include visiting key buildings across the borough to identify risk; work to remove cladding from the tower blocks in Mixenden; assessing evacuation procedures; and supporting residents, listening to their concerns and giving them the opportunity to comment on the review.

The premises involved in the review included high-rise buildings, nursing and residential homes, schools and Council-owned buildings.

The 33 recommendations, discussed at the Council’s Cabinet meeting on the 6 November 2017, include:

  • Ensuring that fire risk assessments are undertaken in line with regulatory requirements and by appropriately trained people.
  • Ensuring that rigorous checks are carried out to make sure compartmentation in multi-storey and high-rise residential properties is in good order and unaffected by any building modifications or utility upgrades.
  • Reviewing, updating and communicating evacuation plans for residents.
  • Ensuring vulnerable residents living in multi-storey and high-rise accommodation have a personal emergency evacuation plan and are able to evacuate safely.
  • Fitting sprinkler systems or alternative suppression systems in existing and new-build high-rise properties.
  • Lobbying Government to provide funding to retrospectively fit sprinkler / alternative suppression systems in high-rise homes.
  • Increasing residents’ awareness of fire prevention and the action to be taken in the event of a fire. This includes the Council discussing fire safety with the vulnerable residents it supports, including older people, young people, people with learning disabilities and people who smoke.
  • Sharing good practice with wider sectors such as academies, other high-risk buildings and businesses.
  • Appointing a Building Control Senior Surveyor at the Council to support the completion of fire safety risk assessments and provide training and advice in partnership with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.
  • Pressing the Government to act in line with the Home Affairs Committee recommendation, transferring asylum dispersal property inspection duties from the Home Office to the Council – along with the necessary resources to carry this out effectively.

A Multi-Agency Steering Group, chaired by the Council’s Director of Economy and Environment and including representatives from the Council, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and Together Housing Group, will oversee progress with the recommendations.

Learning from the Grenfell Public Enquiry will continue to help inform Calderdale’s partnership approach to fire safety.

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