ACO David McGown extends his sympathies to those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire

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The Director of Prevention and Protection says firefighters work to protect communities across Scotland and are available to support residents to stay safe

Assistant Chief Officer David McGown said: “Our thoughts are very firmly with all of those who have been affected by this devastating incident at Grenfell Tower in London and with our emergency service colleagues who are in attendance.

“The cause of the fire is presently unknown and until the full facts and circumstances emerge it would be inappropriate to comment on this at this early stage.

“The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service works closely with Local Authorities and Housing Associations to ensure the safety of occupants in high rise buildings.

“Specific safety information relating to high rise premises is available on the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service website.

“I would remind communities in Scotland that we are here to support them, most notably through our free Home Fire Safety Visits where firefighters will provide safety advice and guidance on what to do in the event of an emergency.”

To book a free home fire safety visit call 0800 0731 999, text ‘FIRE’ to 80800 or visit www.firescotland.gov.uk where further information on how to stay safe can be found.

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