Councillor Les Jones, cabinet member for housing, said: “Our thoughts are very much with the families affected by this devastating fire in London. We have always worked very closely with Dudley Federation of Tenants and Residents Associations (DFTRA) and have spoken to them following the fire in London to confirm policies and procedures already in place which aim to minimise risks as far as is reasonably possible in our multi-storey blocks. Following the tragic incident in London we are revisiting these policies and procedures to ensure that they remain fit for purpose, as well as seeking updated advice as appropriate from fire and rescue services. I would like to reassure everyone that we will continue to do everything we can to keep people safe.”
We aspire for our all our estates to be places where people want to live both now and in the future. We recognise that people being and feeling safe in their home is important to how they feel about where they live. Fire represents a risk to resident’s safety and this policy aims to mitigate the likelihood of fire occurring and the consequences on individuals where it does occur in our flatted estates.
In drafting this policy we have been mindful that the way we manage our flatted estates and in particular any common and shared areas will also impact on how residents feel about the place that they live. This policy attempts to strike a balance between mitigating the risks of fire whilst also providing common and shared areas in our flatted estates that meet residents needs. Particular consideration has been given to vulnerable residents in this respect.
The policy is available for download below.Dudley is part of the West Midlands Social Housing Group (made up of social landlords throughout the West Midlands) who regularly meets with the West Midlands Fire Service. The ultimate goal of the group is to ensure the safety of tenants by preventing fire from breaking out.
The group has developed a user-friendly video explaining what to do in the event of a fire in a high-rise block.
This video is also available in different language options including, Arabic, Bengali, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Kurdish, Lithuanian, Polish, Punjabi, Russian and Urdu. These can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/user/dudleymbc