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Tower Block Development and Construction in the UK
An analysis by Dr Eddy Hunt
wfcwPost-Grenfell Tower Block Safety
This is a set of notes on the Grenell fire written from my point of view as a scientist.  Grenfell was not the first fire of its kind - nor, I am afraid, likely to be the last.  The "lessons learned" from Grenfell may reduce some risks - but they introduce others. 

wfcwTower Block Development and Construction in the UK 
Post-Grenfell Tower Block Safety

This is a set of notes on the Grenell fire written from my point of view as a scientist.  Grenfell was not the first fire of its kind - nor, I am afraid, likely to be the last.  The "lessons learned" from Grenfell may reduce some risks - but they introduce others.  In some respects the scene for the next tragedy is already being set.  There are alternatives, but the "closed mind" mentality of decision-makers leaves little room for optimism that they will ever be implemented.

For comments, contact Dr Eddy Hunt:
Email: edhunt610@gmail.com
 
Tower Block Safety
   
Introduction - Tower Block Safety
Introduction

My Objectives
- a range of risks
My Objectives

Post-Grenfell
- a description of the problem and ending with an appeal for safer Alternatives
Tower Block Safety

A possible implementation
- a plan for a safer way of dealing with fires under similar circumstances in the future
Rescue Flats


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Introduction
My objectives
Tower Block Safety
Rescue Flats


 
 
Grenfell revisited - An analysis by Dr Eddy Hunt
wfcwHigh rise training for firemen since Grenfell

Whenever something like this there is always the response "need for more training". But there is seldom any comment (perhaps even any thought) about what the training should consist of. It seems that until you have a clear strategy you risk having the ignorant training the ignorant.

Contact Dr Eddy Hunt:
Email: edhunt610@gmail.com
There are numerous obvious unanswered questions:
  1. How would the fire brigade make an assessment of the extent and potential of the fire (particularly in the light of the possibility the the fire could be spreading under the metal layer - invisible to the naked eye) ?
  2. How would the call handlers respond to calls from the upper floors if the initial assessment indicates the possibility that smoke could build up in the stairwell ?
  3. If residents begin to make their escape how would the FB maintain contact with them and establish their position particularly where they encounter smoke ?
  4. Have the FB (and the politicians!) considered involving the residents in the escape plans ?
 
wfcwGrenfell victims were subject to 'social apartheid' in north Kensington, Labour’s Diane Abbott says
14 June 2018
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Shadow Home Secretary backs calls for inquiry to probe whether race or class played part in disaster and denounces Theresa May's apology as 'too little too late'
Grenfell victims were subject to "social apartheid" in North Kensington which meant fire safety in the block fell short of usual standards, Labour's Diane Abbott has told The Independent
The home secretary said the "yawning gulf" between different social classes in the neighbourhood must be considered in order to understand how the fire happened, saying questions must be asked around how people were able to burn to death in the "richest borough in one of the richest cities in the world".
Speaking a year on from the tragedy, the Labour MP backed calls by Imran Khan QC, a lawyer representing a number of victims, last week for the inquiry to broaden the current terms of reference to probe whether race, religion or social class played any part in the disaster.
wfcwRevealed: Internal emails show council chaos in the wake of Grenfell disaster
8 June 2018
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A cache of emails, obtained by Channel 4 News, reveals how Kensington and Chelsea council struggled to cope with the crisis in the days following Grenfell fire
The leader of the council at the time, Nick Paget-Brown, complained about a “complete media s***storm” and condemned journalists for asking questions.
Amidst the chaos, councillors were told that communication with survivors was failing, while one email was titled simply: “Who is in charge?”
The disclosure comes nearly a year after the tragedy, which killed 72 people.
Grenfell one year on - Letter to Minister - Letter from Minister (text) - Letter to MP