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Offline MickG

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Re: High Street, Stratford
« Reply #30 on: 02 March, 2019, 12:19:10 PM »
I said earlier that the crews that initially attended Ronan Point about 5:30-6:00, were completely knackered when they returned to the station after 9 am. I only got the chance of a brief chat with them then as I was part of a crew required to immediately replace them. It was not until some days later that particular watch came back off leave and we were able to chat more properly as our watches swapped over.

As you can imagine when the first two crews initially arrived together at Ronan Point, it was a scene of devastation with bits still falling from the building. They had no way at that time of knowing if anyone else was in the building or whether the building itself was going to collapse further. The officer in charge immediately sent a short coded priority message by radio which meant he was asking for a lot more help in a big way. No explanation is required in these messages as when the OIC says he needs a lot of help, he gets it.

They then raced up the internal staircase with a couple of them stopping at each floor while others went to the floors above, to evacuate anyone that may have still been inside the building. They simply kicked in the front doors with their fireboots to gain access. Due to the urgency of the situation, there was simply no time to politely knock on the door and wait to see if there was an answer. Some of the doors towards the top led to open air on the collapsed side. I have run up to the top of some of these flats before to get access to lift motor rooms when someone was shut in a lift, and I can tell you its knackering. As more machines from adjoining station and some specialist machines from further afield rapidly converged on the scene with senior officers, other messages were sent requesting the police shut off all access from surrounding roads except for emergency vehicles. The London Fire Brigade also had a one mile air exclusion zone set up around the incident. This was because news helicopters started appearing and it was feared their vibrations could cause further collapse. The task of my crew when we arrived was to try and determine if the was anyone still missing as at that it was still unknow how many people if any were still trapped under the rubble. The rubble by the way was till mainly large slabs of concrete.

Once it was established that everyone had been accounted for and surveyors had determined the building was unlikely to collapse further the fire brigade left the scene. Other welfare agencies are involved in the emergency re-homing of those suddenly made homeless.




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Re: High Street, Stratford
« Reply #31 on: 03 March, 2019, 11:41:51 AM »
Thanks Mick for the very informative explanation of the stirling work done by the Fire brigade in instances such as these obviously its not just about spraying water on a fire!!. We should all be thankful for the work done by all involved in the fire fighting service .  Regards Harry.I.