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UK News Grenfell firefighter who revoked 'stay put' policy is new LFB boss

16:43  10 december  2019
16:43  10 december  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Andy Roe replaces Dany Cotton as commissioner of London Fire Brigade.

Mr Roe was the fire officer who revoked the " stay put " advice minutes after becoming incident commander at the Grenfell Tower fire . Ms Cotton announced last week that she would step down at the end of December after facing pressure to resign after a critical public inquiry report into the fire .

Andy Roe, who revoked London Fire Brigade's "stay put" advice to residents during the Grenfell Tower blaze, has been named its new commissioner.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Andy Roe has been appointed the new London Fire Brigade chief. Pic: LFB © Getty Andy Roe has been appointed the new London Fire Brigade chief. Pic: LFB

His appointment comes after City Hall announced Dany Cotton would be stepping down at the end of this month in the wake of criticism over the initial response.

Former British army officer Mr Roe, who joined the LFB as a firefighter in 2002 and has progressed through the ranks, will start the role on 1 January 2020.

He became assistant commissioner in January 2017 and made the decision to revoke the controversial "stay put" instruction minutes after becoming incident commander on the night of the fire on 14 June that year.

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A fire officer begged his superiors to abandon “ stay put ” advice being given to Grenfell Tower Download the new Indpendent Premium app. Sharing the full story, not just the headlines. “Immediately I knew that stay - put policy should no longer apply in this building I could see that just

A firefighter says his thoughts were "get everybody out" when he arrived at Grenfell Tower last year. Senior fire service officers wanted to abandon the policy of telling residents to ' stay put ' as the Mr Egan said his advice to those on the ground talking to people on the phone who were still in

a tall building in a city: The fire claimed the lives of 72 people © PA The fire claimed the lives of 72 people

The first report from the Grenfell Inquiry found the LFB's preparation for a tower block blaze such as Grenfell was "gravely inadequate" and its lack of an evacuation plan was a "major omission".

a close up of a person looking at the camera: Dany Cotton is stepping down as LFB commissioner © Other Dany Cotton is stepping down as LFB commissioner

It was said by Sir Martin Moore-Brick - who led the inquiry - that more lives could have been saved if the "stay put" policy had been abandoned sooner.

The high court judge was critical of Ms Cotton's "remarkable insensitivity" for stating in her evidence that she would not change anything the brigade did on the night of the fire.

a sign in front of a building: The fire at Grenfell Tower in west London devastated the local community © PA The fire at Grenfell Tower in west London devastated the local community

Seventy-two people were killed in the blaze in North Kensington, west London.

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Fire chiefs' failures led to more Grenfell Tower deaths: Scathing official report slams brigade for ' stay put ' policy that Almost an hour lost before Assistant Commissioner revoked ' stay put ' advice'. Sir Martin said there were 'a number of serious shortcomings in the response of the LFB ' and found that

The stay - put policy is standard for all fire brigades when dealing with high-rise blazes. It is based on the premise that high-rise buildings can be But lawyers for the Grenfell victims appear dubious about the quality of the revised training. “No one from the LFB commissioner down appears to have trained

Following his new appointment, Mr Roe said he would be "working tirelessly" to deliver the recommendations of the report.

He said: "It is an enormous privilege to be offered this opportunity to lead London Fire Brigade into a new decade.

"My priority is to protect and serve all Londoners and make sure the capital's fire and rescue service is the very best it can be.

"We have some real challenges ahead, but I'll be working tirelessly with the brigade, the mayor and London's communities to ensure we deliver on the recommendations of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry report."

Mr Roe is to lead the production of the next London Safety plan.

London mayor Sadiq Khan said he was looking forward to working with Mr Roe on "swiftly" transforming the brigade.

He said: "The Grenfell Tower Inquiry report made it clear there were institutional failures that meant, while firefighters performed with great courage and bravery, the overall response to the disaster was not good enough, and there are significant lessons for London Fire Brigade."

Ms Cotton had become the capital's first female fire chief in 2017 and had been due to retire in April 2020 after 32 years of service.

The 50-year-old agreed to bring forward her retirement to the end of this year "to enable a timely handover" to the next commissioner.

She commented that she was "proud" and "honoured" to have served London and to have stood "shoulder to shoulder" with fire service staff during her career.

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