London Fire Brigade – Firefighters trained on longest ladders ever seen in UK after Grenfell


London firefighters have been seen training on some of the longest ladders ever seen in the UK, which are expected to be introduced in the wake of the Grenfell fire tragedy.

A 64-foot (210-foot) ladder was used during a training exercise Thursday, June 23 at a tower near the Household Cavalry barracks near Hyde Park.

Turntable ladders, which are said to cost around £ 1.3million, are not currently in use by firefighters but are expected to be introduced by the end of the year, according to an LFB spokesperson.

London firefighters acquired three of the aerial hubs in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy, fearing they would not have adequate equipment to deal with the scale of the tower fire.



Grenfell Tower features 4 years next week Since the tragedy that claimed the lives of more than 70 people when a fire broke out in the tower in June 2017. Photos by Humphrey Nemar. 10.6.2021


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72 people lost their lead in the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017. The tower was 21 stories tall and measured 67.3m.

Firefighters reportedly extended the ladder to a height of 62 m during the training exercise.

The LFB was in the process of modernizing its fleet of 32m aerial ladders – before the fire of June 2017.

The first stage of the public inquiry into the Grenfell disaster made a series of recommendations for London firefighters



71 people lost their lives in the Grenfell fire

Each ladder weighs 30 tons and extends into seven sections. It includes a central escalator to transport people to the ground and is equipped with a garden hose.

Ladders installed on Super Hi-Lift turntable vehicles can only be operated from the road due to their weight.

Two of the vehicles were purchased for the LFB by the London Freemasons and cost £ 2.5million. The third was purchased from brigade funds.

The ladders will be based at the Barking and Dagenham, Wimbledon and Old Kent Road fire stations, but will be able to respond to emergencies from the towers across London.


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