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Grenfell Tower Investigation and Review Team (GTIRT)

The team look at how we can learn and improve from the Grenfell Tower Fire.

What does Grenfell Tower Investigation and Review Team do?

Established in 2017, GTIRT is headed by Assistant Commissioner Andrew Bell. The team examine our response to the Grenfell Tower Fire and make observations and recommendations to the Brigade based on its findings.

GTIRT also assists both the Metropolitan Police with their investigation into the fire and the Grenfell Tower Inquiry chaired by Sir Martin Moore-Bick.

Who monitors progress?

To ensure we make good progress on GTIRT’s observations and recommendations, the Grenfell Tower Improvement Board has been set up to monitor what the Brigade has done. The Improvement Board meets on a monthly basis and is chaired by the Commissioner, Dany Cotton.

GTIRT reports

Since it was established in 2017 the Grenfell Tower Investigation and Review Team has produced two reports.

GTIRT Report April 2019

Presented to Commissioner Dany Cotton in April 2019 this report identified 42 observations and 13 recommendations for the Brigade.

Download GTIRT Report April 2019 PDF

GTIRT Progress Report October 2019

Presented in October 2019 this Progress Report highlights where the Brigade has taken action and made progress.

Download GTIRT Report October 2019 PDF

Key updates from the GTIRT Progress Report October 2019

  • Internal learning and improvement – The Brigade established the dedicated Grenfell Tower Investigation and Review Team (GTIRT), led by Assistant Commissioner Andy Bell. GTIRT is carrying out comprehensive evaluation to identify further lessons to be learnt and to ensure they are implemented.
  • Pre-Determined Attendance – In 2017, after the Grenfell Tower Fire, the standard response to a high-rise fire was changed to five fire engines and an aerial appliance. Where the Brigade receives multiple calls and cladding fire has been reported, this increases to 10 fire engines and an aerial appliance.

  • New firefighting equipment – New fire escape hoods are being used to protect residents from toxic smoke, drones to provide an aerial view of incidents, new extended height aerial appliances with turntable ladders of up to 64 metres, and Urban Search and Rescue WASP devices (Warning Alarm for Stability Protection) for structural monitoring of buildings.
  • Training – Incident command training has been improved, with all officers requiring Level 1 and Level 2 incident command training by the end of 2019/20. There will also be incident command revalidation courses, which must be completed every two years.
  • Control improvements – The Brigade has restructured the management of its 999 control room and Control staff have undertaken Fire Survival Guidance refresher training.

  • Information gathering – The Brigade is overhauling the way it gathers, records and shares operational risk information across the Brigade. This work has included firefighters ensuring that electronic information plates are available for more than 2,300 high rise premises and the Brigade’s Fire Safety Inspecting Officers conducting 1,238 visits to buildings with identified risks.