Sunday 18 August 2019

Fire Service surveying multi-storey apartments

Eighty people lost their lives in the Grenfell Tower blaze.
Eighty people lost their lives in the Grenfell Tower blaze.

By Maria Pepper

Wexford Fire Service is carrying out a review of all multi-storey apartment blocks in the county in the wake of the Grenfell Tower inferno in London in which an estimated 80 residents lost their lives.

The survey which will take some weeks to complete follows the issue of a nationwide circular by the Department of Housing,Planning, Community and Local Government directing that fire safety reviews be carried out in apartment complexes of seven storeys and higher.

But as County Wexford doesn't have any seven-storey apartment blocks, the Fire Service is surveying five and six-storey buildings, to ensure that there are no access issues and to familiarise crews with the structures, according to Chief Fire Officer Paul L'Estrange.

The survey will take some time as there is only one high-reach fire engine in the county, based in Enniscorthy.

Mr. L'Estrange said no issues have been identified in the course of the survey so far and he doesn't expect any problems to arise.

The Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy has also requested all local authorities to review multi-storey social housing units to ensure that early warning systems, including alarm and detection systems and means of escape including corridors, stairways and emergency exists are fully functional and in place.

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