ESSEX County Fire and Rescue Service has issued fire safety advice and reassurance to people who are concerned about the safety of high-rise buildings following this morning’s fire at Grenfell Tower in London.
Acting Chief Fire Officer Adam Eckley said:
“Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by this tragic incident as well as our emergency services colleagues who are working together in extremely challenging conditions to save lives and prevent further harm.
“It would be wrong to speculate about the cause of the fire until a full investigation has been carried out. However, what we know at this time is that incidents of this type are extremely rare, and it is likely to be one of the worst in our country’s history.
“We have 121 high-rise buildings in Essex, and it is vital that people who live in those buildings know exactly what to do in the event of a fire so that they can protect themselves and their families. We have all the information you need on our website here: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/highrise
“I also want take this opportunity to remind everyone that Essex County Fire and Rescue Service carry out home fire safety visits to anyone living in Essex completely FREE of charge where will run through escape plans and fit smoke alarms. Call us on 0300 303 0088 or book online: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book