Fire Brigades Union

Fire Brigades Union

August 20, 2007 11:02 ET

The Fire Brigades Union: Union to Launch Enquiry Into Newquay Fire

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Aug. 20, 2007) - The Fire Brigades Union today announced an enquiry into the causes of, response to and impact of the Newquay hotel fire.

It is also calling on fire and rescue services throughout the UK to ensure they have high rise rescue vehicles available 24 hours a day. Fire services should also ensure adequate staffing, including at night.

The FBU enquiry will examine the staffing levels of the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and other fire services in the UK, and the availability, nationally and in Cornwall, of high rise rescue vehicles.

It will examine whether fire safety departments are adequately staffed to ensure that hotels are checked up on properly.

FBU General Secretary Matt Wrack said today: "Hotels are now responsible for assessing their own fire safety procedures, but this should not be an excuse for the fire service to abrogate responsibility. In a holiday town like Newquay, a hotel should be inspected by the fire safety department twice a year, once before and once after the holiday season.

"We do not want to make hasty judgements on what happened in Newquay. We want detailed information about the availability of both firefighters and equipment. We want to know whether a lack of people or equipment reduced the firefighters' effectiveness. When we have all the facts, we will make recommendations on the basis of those facts."

Contact Information

  • The Fire Brigades Union
    Francis Beckett
    020 8349 9194 or 07813 001372