A report by the Fire Brigade Union has been released today, following the deaths of four firefighters at a warehouse in Atherstone-on-Stour in 2007.
The report highlights severe problems with:
- The assessment of risk and planning around it
- The quality of information available to the incident commander
- The use of breathing apparatus
- The training, particularly for ‘retained’ or part-time firefighters
Union chief, Matt Wrack, said today that they are determined to get to the bottom of why so many firefighters have lost their lives in the last ten years:
It is claimed that 100 firefighters were mobilised to fight the suspected arson attack at a large vegetable packing plant in Atherstone-on-Stour.
The Fire Brigade Union has said it is working with health and safety specialists from the University of Stirling to review firefighter safety.
The review will be released later this year.