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Council's £30k fire deaths fine

Warwickshire County Council has been fined £30,000 for health and safety breaches after four firefighters died in a warehouse fire.

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Judge: 'No link between training failures and fire deaths'

Explaining how he calculated the level of the fine, Mr Justice MacDuff said:

In my judgment it is entirely clear that the absence of water information had no bearing on this case at all.

There was at all times an adequate water supply and no different course would have been taken if the location, for example, of the nearest hydrants had been known.

As to training, I am equally clear that there can be no causative link, finding as I do that the training deficiencies were largely concerned with records, the decision to begin offensive firefighting was a correct one, and nothing that happened that night would have been affected.

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