Fire crews and council staff have hailed a joint fire safety exercise at Awbery House in Barry as a great success.
During the exercise, which took place in May, the teams used synthetic smoke to simulate a large fire within the communal area of the building. This allowed for realistic testing of their response plans.
Cllr Andrew Parker, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “The Council’s housing team number one priority is the safety of our tenants.
“Fire safety is something we take extremely seriously and we work closely with the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service to ensure that should there ever be an incident, we are as well prepared as we can possibly be.
“This was a successful exercise for the Council and the fire service, but most importantly also for the residents of Awbery House who we hope will be reassured that the plans that are in place have been tested under exceptionally realistic conditions.
“We hope to undertake similar exercises for similar blocks of flats in the future.”
A £2.3m 18 month programme of refurbishments is currently underway at Awbery House is which will transform both the flats’ interior and the look of the whole building.
The Council has up to date fire risk assessments for all flats with communal access and undertakes monthly inspections to each block.