Grenfell Firefighter Defends Controversial 'Stay Put' Policy

6 June 2018, 15:28 | Updated: 6 June 2018, 15:30

A firefighter who rescued nine people from the Grenfell Tower fire has told LBC, he and his colleagues did all they could to save residents.

At the inquiry into the disaster, the fire service has defended advising people to stay in the block, insisting the guidelines would have been suitable before the building's refurbishment and re-cladding.

Aldo Diana says that in 26 years of working as a firefighter, he's never seen a fire spread so quickly.

He told Shelagh Fogarty that all those working last June did their best.

Aldo Diana defended the Stay Put policy
Aldo Diana defended the Stay Put policy. Picture: Getty / LBC

He said: "The stay put policy 99 times out of 100 works.

"It possibly doesn't work when a building is clad in flammable material.

"Which we didn't know as that has been taken away from us."

When Shelagh asked if the stay-put policy was the wrong advice, Mr Diana responded: "I can't say it's the wrong advice.

"What I can say is that 99 times out of 100, it's very safe.

"In the 26 years I've been in the job, I've never seen a fire spread as quickly as it did.

"I've been to at least 15 flat fires and each one has been in the compartment it started in."

More Shelagh Fogarty News

See more More Shelagh Fogarty News

Ex-prisoner: Raab 'absolutely right' on using prisoners to plug labour shortages

Ex-offender: Raab 'absolutely right' on using prisoners to plug labour shortages

Government 'all over the shop' on mask-wearing, says Shadow Health Secretary

Government 'all over the shop' on mask-wearing, says Shadow Health Secretary

'It's horrific déjà vu': Ex-nurse 'terrified' at lack of Covid restrictions as cases rise

Ex-NHS staff nurse 'terrified' and 'sad' as Covid cases rise

UK faces 8,000 Covid deaths before Christmas if govt don't act, epidemiologist warns

UK faces 8,000 Covid deaths before Christmas if govt don't act, epidemiologist warns

'It's unthinkable': Iain Dale reacts to Sir David Amess' murder

'It's unthinkable': Iain Dale reacts to Sir David Amess' death

Poorer areas could see 'even larger' council tax increases than projections, says IFS Director

Poorer areas could see 'even larger' council tax increases than projected, says IFS Director

Shelagh Fogarty condemns Javid's 'insulting' and 'leaden' social care comment

Shelagh Fogarty condemns Sajid Javid's 'insulting' and 'leaden' social care comment

'There has been a failing here': Met has 'very serious questions to answer', Safeguarding minister says

Met has 'very serious questions to answer' over Everard case, says minister

Exclusive
Caller defends eco-mob blocking woman visiting mother in hospital

Caller defends eco-mob blocking woman visiting mother in hospital

'We're looking at an institutional problem and talking about it like it's one bad apple'

'Utterly rotten' Met must be 'investigated' after Couzens' sentence, activist tells LBC

'When do we say this is enough?': Women's activist questions Cressida Dick's competence

'When do we say this is enough?': Women's activist questions Cressida Dick's competence

Hariett Harman tells LBC why she wants Cressida Dick to resign

Harriet Harman tells LBC why she wants Cressida Dick to resign

'We don't tolerate the Yorkshire ripper, but we tolerate lesser offences': Shelagh Fogarty condemns tolerance of male violence

'We tolerate lesser offending by men before they go on to murder girls and women'

'Hammer out a plan': Ashworth's message for Javid as key workers struggle for fuel

'Hammer out a plan': Ashworth's message for Javid as key workers struggle for fuel

UK 'subservient to US thinking' on Afghanistan withdrawal, says Defence Select Committee Chair

UK 'subservient to US thinking' on Afghanistan withdrawal, says Tobias Ellwood

'All we've done is replaced the Taliban with the Taliban': caller clashes with Shelagh Fogarty

'All we've done is replaced the Taliban with the Taliban': caller clashes with Shelagh Fogarty