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Most UK fire services would have automatically sent high ladder to tower fires like Grenfell, investigation finds – Telegraph.co.uk

Since then, four services, including London, have altered their plans.

But Newsnight’s research reveals that nine brigades still would not immediately send an aerial ladder to a tower blaze.

The investigation also shows significant variations in the number of response vehicles dispatched by services across the country.

In Kent, three fire engines would be sent to a reported fire in a tower block, with no high ladder. Fire services in Hampshire and Surrey – for the same fire in the same tower – would send six fire engines and a high ladder as first response.

A fire engine is expected to carry five firefighters.

Manchester, Humberside, London and Warwickshire have all increased their PDA with fires in tall buildings to include a high ladder since Grenfell.

But Leicestershire, Lancashire, Tyne and Wear, the West Midlands, Kent and Essex fire services will still not automatically send a tall ladder to a fire in a high rise building unless specifically requested.

The figures have led to calls for the Government to implement mandatory minimum requirements for fire services attending high rise fires. 

Most UK fire services would have automatically sent high ladder to tower fires like Grenfell, investigation finds – Telegraph.co.uk

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