Essex County Fire and Rescue Service to visit all high-rise buildings in Essex to reassure residents

The fire service are conducting visits in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service will visit every high-rise residential building in Essex following the catastrophic Grenfell Tower fire in London last week.

In the early hours of Wednesday, June 14 morning, the London Fire Service were confronted with one of the biggest and most dangerous residential fires in history, with 79 people now either confirmed or presumed dead.

To reassure residents in high-rise flats across Essex, teams of firefighters and community officers will be visiting all 270 high-rise buildings in Essex – starting with the tallest properties that are over 10 floors high.

The fire service will speak to the residents and reassure them that the buildings are safe, along with further fire safety advice.

The service’s technical fire safety team will also be visiting the buildings to check their fire risk assessments.

The service’s acting chief fire officer Adam Eckley said: “In response to the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower we have committed to visiting all the high-rise blocks of flats in Essex over the coming weeks.

“We understand that residents are feeling vulnerable and scared and we want to do everything we can to make them feel safe in their homes.

“We have organised dozens of teams across Essex consisting of firefighters, community safety teams and volunteers to visit every single high-rise block of flats.

“The teams will talk to the residents and give them reassurance and safety advice and also answer any specific fire safety concerns they have.

“I want to reassure the high-rise residents of Essex that as a fire service we will be doing everything we can to make them feel safer in their homes.

“We have pulled together all of our resources to reach as many residents in as short a time possible.

“I would also like to remind everyone living in Essex we also can carry out individual home safety visits, no matter where you live in Essex.

“We will visit your home and give you safety advice and check your smoke alarms all completely free of charge.”

To book a visit, call: 0300 303 0088 or book online: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book.