• IFESA - The Irish Fire and Emergency Services Association
  • IFESA - The Irish Fire and Emergency Services Association

The Irish Fire and Emergency Services Association (IFESA) today (Friday 16 th June) extended its deep sympathy to all of the victims – deceased and injured - their families and community in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire disaster.

IFESA further paid tribute to the professionalism, dedication and bravery of their fellow firefighters in the London Fire Service in responding to the unprecedented scale of the Grenfell fire.

IFESA said there are clearly very many questions to be answered in the relation to the circumstances of the disaster, but the issue of the risks posed by ‘cladding' is one that has concerned fire fighters and has been raised at EU level by the European Fire Fighters Union Alliance (EFFUA with a membership of 240,000) of which IFESA is a member.

Ros MacCobb , IFESA Vice President , said while it would be wrong to draw any wider conclusions from the London disaster there is absolutely no room for complacency regarding fire safety standards and compliance  with these in the Irish context.


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