fire committeeHOUSING Minister Samantha Sacramento has chaired the Rock’s first Fire Safety Review Committee. 

She has instructed the group of senior officials to undertake a complete fire safety review of all current government rental estates and co-ownership buildings and fire evacuation process.

The group will also consider possible fire prevention measures in blocks and estates including sprinklers installation, a fire awareness campaign and a review of existing legislation if necessary.

The minister has also tasked the chief technical officer with independently testing all cladding materials used in housing refurbishments to ensure their safety.

“Once again I would like to assure all our tenants that the cladding, both in the materials and methods employed, that we have used in the refurbishment of our estates are totally different to those that were used in the UK,” she said.

From now on, principal housing officer Geraldine Reading will chair the committee, with its members including the chief technical officer, chief fire officer, head of housing works agency and building control, among others.

It comes after concerns that the cladding used on Gibraltar’s tower blocks were the same as that used on London’s Grenfell Tower, where at least 79 have died from a fire which ripped through the building with devastating speed.