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Grenfell Tower inquiry: Fire chief 'untrained' in tower evacuation

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Michael Dowden was the first incident commander on the scene when the fire began
The firefighter who led the initial response to the Grenfell fire said he could not remember receiving training about when to order the evacuation of a tower block.Michael Dowden was asked at the Grenfell inquiry about the policy of advising people to stay put in a fire.He said he had received no training on how to reconsider advice given to residents when a fire worsens. Victims' families criticised the stay-put advice given to residents.Most high-rise towers are designed so fires can be contained in the flats where they start, but this did not happen at Grenfell Tower, where 72 people were killed last June.
One expert has said the fire service should have abandoned its advice to residents to stay in their flats much earlier than it did.Counsel for the inquiry Richard Millett said according to policy, incident commanders "should understand" when an evacuation would be necessary and asked Mr Dowden what training he had for that situation.After a 17-second pause, Mr Dowden said: "I can't remember any time when I'd actually been on a training course that would facilitate that."
Grenfell Tower inquiry: Fire chief 'untrained' in tower evacuation

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Mr Dowden was also asked about a familiarisation visit he and his crew made to Grenfell Tower in February 2016.He said he did not familiarise himself with the tower's construction, escape routes, sprinklers, radio blackspots or vulnerability of residents.
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