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Review casts doubt on London fire brigade’s high-rise capabilities

Inspectors find LFB cannot assure itself that response to a Grenfell-like fire would be vastly improved

The London fire brigade’s ability to cope with a second high-rise fire on the scale of Grenfell Tower has been cast into doubt by government inspectors who found the brigade could not assure itself that its response would be vastly improved.

In a conclusion likely to unnerve high-rise residents in the capital, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services found that 44 months after the disaster the LFB had failed to sufficiently retrain incident commanders or update policy on telling residents to stay put or evacuate burning buildings. Both issues were raised in a highly critical assessment of the LFB’s handling of the fire, which claimed 72 lives, by the Grenfell Tower public inquiry.

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