Nothing New Under the Sun: Grenfell Tower 2017 and Summerland 1973

  Despite the claims that the fire at Grenfell Tower was “unprecedented”, the facts tend to disproved this assertion. Instead, we find that while the consequences were  unusually bad  almost all of the issues being raised in the media and the inquiry have occurred at other incidents previously. If we look at the fire at […]

Grenfell Tower: Some Considerations

As the enquiry starts to make its way through the labyrinth of material to try to understand what has gone wrong and how to prevent such disaster happening again, I tried to clarify what some of the problems are and how we arrived at this state of confusion with the regulations and if there are […]

Grenfell Tower Inquiry Begins

As the Grenfell Tower Inquiry begins, there is likely to be suggestions from some, that the events of 14th June 2017, were “unavoidable” or “unforeseeable”. This article published in “Fire Magazine” in January 2014, shows that the reality is somewhat different and that this tragedy could have been foreseen years ago.  As an overview of […]

High-rise fires in the UAE

High-rise fires are one of the biggest challenges currently faced by the Fire and Rescue Service. They are uniquely dangerous situations for both firefighters and members of the public. We all dread the headlines talking about “towering infernos” – and experts telling us “we told you so.” (Particularly after things have gone terribly wrong and […]