The Business Sprinkler Alliance (BSA) is deeply saddened by the news of the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower and our thoughts are with all those that have been affected by the incident. We also wish to praise and thank our colleagues from the emergency services for their prompt and professional response.
Fires on this scale are not unprecedented as there have been a number of similar incidents around the world. The BSA has for some time been in agreement with other fire safety experts that fire safety regulatory guidance needs to be reviewed as well as concerns about the combustibility of certain modern building materials.
Regrettably, Grenfell Tower did not have a sprinkler system and if they had been one installed, it would have undoubtedly saved lives and the outcome of this tragic event would have been far different.
While a full investigation will need to be undertaken at the first possible opportunity to establish exactly what happened and what can be done to prevent such an incident happening again, the BSA will be continuing to campaign for improvements in fire safety legislation and the effectiveness of sprinklers in saving life and property from the devastating effects of fire.
Iain Cox, BSA Chairman and former Chief Fire Officer of Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “The tragedy today at Grenfell Tower will be felt by us all in the fire safety sector, where all our efforts are focussed on ensuring the safety of our communities and of ensuring that our buildings are adequately protected.”
“Along with our colleagues across the fire safety sector, we wish to express our heartfelt condolences to all those affected by this terrible event and pay tribute to the fire service which once again has shown its bravery and professionalism in its response to this incident.”
“There are many questions to answer in the coming weeks as to exactly what happened and what can be done to prevent such a fire happening again but we strongly believe the Government should put fire back on the agenda and commit to actions to reduce the impact of fire.”