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PEAK STRATA BODY WILL BE PROACTIVE TO TALK WITH AUSTRALIAN FIRE AUTHORITIES FOLLOWING FLAMMABLE CLAD
The peak body representing Australia’s trillion-dollar strata sector says it will talk with Australian fire authorities to make sure that the lessons learned from the Grenfell Towers fire inquiry in London are being applied in Australia.
The fire threat from flammable cladding fires in Australia remains high.
A scathing report has been handed down in London overnight, critical of London fire authorities – but not the fire fighters themselves – for not having the proper procedures in place to handle high rise flammable cladding fires like Grenfell, which killed 70 plus people over two years ago.
The report cites systemic failure by the London fire brigade.
Alisha Fisher, CEO of Strata Community Association, says that with thousands of buildings in Australia, many of them high rises, still covered in flammable cladding, the strata sector has a duty of care to ensure fire safety procedures are at the cutting edge.
“We believe that firefighters in Australia have a wonderful track record for innovation and being on top of their game. We know the authorities spent time reviewing the current crisis and the emergency response required in Australia.
“But as the peak organisation representing the interests of millions of Australians who live in or own apartments, units and townhouses, we must ensure individual safety is protected at all times.”
There have been calls overnight for the senior management of the London fire brigade, including the Commissioner, to be stood down following the report.
Ms Fisher said they would be contacting fire authorities in Australia to raise any issues of concern once the full report from the London inquiry was available.
“We have total confidence in the Australian fire authorities, but off the wake of Grenfell, we need to be proactive with fire safety procedures for residents.”
Strata Community Association Limited (SCA) is the peak industry body for Body Corporate and Community Title Management in Australia & New Zealand. Membership includes body corporate managers, support staff, committee members and suppliers of products and services to the industry. SCA proudly fulfils the dual roles of a professional institute and consumer advocate. SCA has in excess of 3,300 members who help oversee, advise or manage a combined property portfolio with an estimated replacement value of over $1.2 trillion. Website: http://stratacommunity.org.au/
Name: Alisha Fisher
Phone: 0412 442 642
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