Officers unprepared for leading people 20 floors down through thick smoke, inquiry hears

Firefighters are not trained to lead people to safety through the type of toxic conditions they faced in the Grenfell Tower fire, an officer who attended the blaze has said.

Giving evidence to the official inquiry into the disaster, Gwyn Williams, a firefighter for 18 years, said: “The FSG [fire service guidance] training we receive teaches how to co-ordinate a targeted rescue to people that are unable to evacuate. We are trained to rescue that person and bring them into a safe environment. We do not receive any training that involves taking a person through a toxic environment 20-plus floors high, and bring them to a safe environment on ground level.”

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