US News Grenfell firefighters were ‘betrayed’ over stay-put policy, survivor claims

14:40  12 june  2018
14:40  12 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

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The tower's residents were told to stay in their flats in the early stages of the fire – a so-called stay - put policy . London Fire Brigade (LFB) has been criticised for the length of time taken to abandon the policy –nearly two hours after the blaze was first reported – despite flames reaching every floor.

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Tower block fire in London: Firefighters lay their helmets on the ground as they observe a minute’s silence near to Grenfell Tower (Jonathan Brady/PA) © Provided by The Press Association Firefighters lay their helmets on the ground as they observe a minute’s silence near to Grenfell Tower (Jonathan Brady/PA)

A grandmother who escaped Grenfell Tower said firefighters at the blaze were “betrayed” by their superiors, urging brigades to abandon “stay-put” advice until buildings are made safe.

Rukayetu Mamudu, who recently turned 70, and her grandson Tyrshondre, then 12, were some of the first survivors to escape the fire in the early hours of June 14.

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Many are angry Grenfell residents were ordered to stay in their flats during the blaze, in which 79 people are believed to have died. Last year, the FBU’s National Health & Safety team heard claims the fire services could not continue with the “ stay put ” policy after the NIST findings.

The firefighters put on a mask, we used a towel to cover our nose – we couldn’t breathe and we vomited. It’s good luck to be alive.’ Grenfell Tower had an official ‘ stay put ’ policy telling residents to blockade themselves inside flats and wait to be rescued.

Mrs Mamudu said firefighters passed their betrayal on to the 71 people that died that night but they should not feel guilty as they were “let down by the system”.

People pass firefighters paying their respects during a silent walk (Yui Mok/PA) © Press Association People pass firefighters paying their respects during a silent walk (Yui Mok/PA) Speaking ahead of the one-year anniversary of the June 14 blaze, she warned that closure will not be an option for survivors and the bereaved until those responsible apologise.

She told the Press Association: “You cannot now advise people ‘go back and stay in your flat’ because you don’t know what the building is made of.

“That is exactly what happened in this scenario.

“People were trusting the firefighters’ words. And the firefighters relied on the system.

Firefighters stand by an unmanned hose platform and point up at flames and the burning 24 storey residential Grenfell Tower block in Latimer Road, West London on June 14, 2017 in London, England. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has declared the fire a major incident as more than 200 firefighters are still tackling the blaze, while at least 50 people are receiving hospital treatment © Getty Firefighters stand by an unmanned hose platform and point up at flames and the burning 24 storey residential Grenfell Tower block in Latimer Road, West London on June 14, 2017 in London, England. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has declared the fire a major incident as more than 200 firefighters are still tackling the blaze, while at least 50 people are receiving hospital treatment “The system should never have deceived them.

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• London Fire Brigade and its senior officers are facing a police investigation over the “ stay put ” policy which resulted in Grenfell Tower residents being told to remain inside their homes, Scotland Yard said today.

“The system let them down.

“They are coming out to do their daily jobs without knowing they had been betrayed.

“And it’s a betrayal they passed to their victims.

Residents were instructed to stay put (Grenfell Tower Inquiry/PA) © Press Association Residents were instructed to stay put (Grenfell Tower Inquiry/PA) “‘Go back to your flat, lock your door, put blankets under your window, you will be safer there than here’. They were roasted alive.

“I will tell them if there’s anybody running from fire, because they are not sure what the building is made of, because of all the pack of lies, just let them go out.

“Until they are sure that all the buildings are well secured, there are fire sprinklers, etcetera, then they can give that advice.”

Recalling the night of the fire, Mrs Mamudu described being woken by God before carrying her grandson through the “gushing” smoke, wearing just her pyjamas and slippers.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 14:  Smoke continues to rise from the burning 24 storey residential Grenfell Tower block in Latimer Road, West London on June 14, 2017 in London, England.  The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has declared the fire a major incident as more than 200 firefighters are still tackling the blaze, while at least 50 people are receiving hospital treatment.  (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images) © Getty LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Smoke continues to rise from the burning 24 storey residential Grenfell Tower block in Latimer Road, West London on June 14, 2017 in London, England. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has declared the fire a major incident as more than 200 firefighters are still tackling the blaze, while at least 50 people are receiving hospital treatment. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images) She then watched the tower burn for six hours, while Tyrshondre slept in her lap.

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The Metropolitan Police is investigating London Fire Brigade's use of a " stay put " policy during last year's fire at Grenfell Tower. Mr Walsh added that despite the " stay - put " policy , firefighters did evacuate residents at an early stage.

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“Seventy-two people,” she said. A long sigh followed.

“The question I keep asking is: who certified that building habitable? How did they get to a conclusion that people could live in a house without sprinklers, no fire alarm, no fire escape?

“Even now, in the middle of the night I wake up and say ‘gosh, did that place really burn?’. This is the 21st Century, this is Great Britain. Why?

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 14:  Police watch as smoke rises from the burning 24 storey residential Grenfell Tower block in Latimer Road, West London on June 14, 2017 in London, England.  The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has declared the fire a major incident as more than 200 firefighters are still tackling the blaze while at least 50 people are receiving hospital treatment.  (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images) © Getty LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Police watch as smoke rises from the burning 24 storey residential Grenfell Tower block in Latimer Road, West London on June 14, 2017 in London, England. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has declared the fire a major incident as more than 200 firefighters are still tackling the blaze while at least 50 people are receiving hospital treatment. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images) “Nobody still is able to answer that ‘why’. They’re pushing blame, pointing fingers, because they all knew what they did was wrong.

“Nobody wants to account for anything. Justice has to be done. Somebody has to take responsibility.”

She added: “Until somebody comes out to say exactly what they have done and apologise there can never be closure.”

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As circumstances changed, the policy was changed and residents were recommended to leave The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) Stay Put position says that if there is a fire in your Matt Wrack, general secretary, Fire Brigades Union ( FBU), said: “ Grenfell firefighters were dealing with an

Scotland Yard is to investigate the London Fire Brigade over its use of the stay put policy during the Grenfell Tower Fire after claims that it cost lives – and should have been abandoned far earlier.

Ministers finally say they will ban combustible cladding on high-rise buildings after the Grenfell Tower fire but give no deadline for its use .
In a statement today, housing minister James Brokenshire promised to make it illegal to cover the outside of high-rises with flammable materials like the ones used on the west London block. But he failed to set a deadline, suggesting the decision would only be made after a consultation. 'I have listened carefully to concerns and I intend to ban the use of combustible materials on the external walls of high-rise residential buildings, subject to consultation,' he said.Grenfell Tower, a 24-storey London social housing block, was engulfed in flames after fire broke out in the middle of the night in June last year.

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