South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and St Leger Homes have carried out a fire training exercise at a high-rise building in Intake as part of work to further improve safety for tenants and residents.
The training exercise took place at Shaftesbury House where it gave local firefighters the opportunity to practice new procedures for responding to fires in high-rise buildings, which have been brought in following the tragic events at Grenfell Tower in 2017. It will also help firefighters to further familiarise themselves with the layouts of the building, and the different risks and challenges that are presented by tackling incidents in high-rise buildings.
This is one of a series of high-rise training exercises that South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue will be carrying out in buildings across the region including in Doncaster, Barnsley, Rotherham and Sheffield. The buildings have been chosen because of their suitability for the training and not because they are at any greater risk of fire.
Chris Margrave, Director of Property Services at St Leger Homes, said:
“This training exercise is very important and it brings benefits both residents who are living in our high-rise buildings and the fire service. We want to make sure we do everything we can to keep our tenants safe and welcome that the fire service are doing this work, helping ensure that we have robust plans in place to keep tenants safe should a real fire ever happen.”
Cath Toovey, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Area Manager, said:
“There have been some significant changes in guidance to the way all fire and rescue services respond to fires in tall buildings following national reviews, and particularly as a result of the ongoing Grenfell Tower inquiry.
“Whilst classroom and online training can be effective at explaining theoretical changes to our firefighters and incident commanders, there’s really no replacement for carrying out live, practical exercises like these.
“We’re particularly grateful to the residents in the buildings for their patience as we plan and deliver these exercises, and to the colleges, local authorities and housing associations for working with us the make the training as realistic and effective as possible.”
Cllr Glyn Jones, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Housing and Business, said:
“Over the last few years a lot of work has been carried out to protect the safety of people living in Doncaster’s high-rise buildings, including the installation of sprinkler systems which has made a big difference for residents.
“This fire training exercise is another important measure which gives people further reassurance that the Council, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and St Leger Homes are all fully focussed on continuing to improve residents’ safety.”