Established in 2017, GTIRT is headed by Assistant Commissioner (AC) Andy 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 supports the Brigade’s participation in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
The Brigade established the dedicated Grenfell Tower Investigation and Review Team (GTIRT), led by AC Andy Bell, immediately after the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017. The team carried out a comprehensive evaluation to identify lessons to be learnt and to ensure they were implemented. Andy retains strategic responsibility for Grenfell related matters and remains the legal client for the Brigade while Deputy Assistant Commissioner Julian Spooner is responsible for the day-to-day management of the team.
The Grenfell Tower Investigation and Review Team has produced two reports.
Presented to then Commissioner, Dany Cotton in April 2019 this report identified 42 observations and 13 recommendations for the Brigade.
Presented in October 2019 ahead of the Grenfell Tower Phase 1 Report, this Progress Report highlights where the Brigade has taken action and made progress.
AC Bell is responsible for ensuring that the areas of improvement identified by GTIRT are addressed, and that the work we are doing to implement the recommendations made by the Grenfell Tower Inquiry is kept on track. AC Bell delivers this function through the Brigade’s Project Management Office which sits within our Transformation Directorate.
Progress is monitored against each Inquiry recommendation and against the recommendations made to the Brigade by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS). Actions identified within our wider Transformation Delivery Plan are also monitored. As well as being reported internally, we regularly report to the Mayor of London and the Home Office on all of the improvement activity we are undertaking across the Brigade.
We have been making improvements to our high rise firefighting response since immediately after the Grenfell Tower fire, as well as acting on GTIRT’s recommendations and the recommendations made in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 report. Key improvements completed and underway include: