Move to prevent another fire tragedy

FIRE procedures will be reviewed following the completion of a report into the deaths of two firefighters. Michael Miller and Jeff Wornham died when attempting to rescue resident Natalie Close from a blaze at Harrow Court in Stevenage on February 2, 2005.

FIRE procedures will be reviewed following the completion of a report into the deaths of two firefighters.

Michael Miller and Jeff Wornham died when attempting to rescue resident Natalie Close from a blaze at Harrow Court in Stevenage on February 2, 2005.

Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service has passed its detailed investigative report into the fire to the county's coroner Edward Thomas.

Chief fire officer Roy Wilsher said: "The tragic deaths of Michael Miller, Jeff Wornham, and Natalie Close were a tremendous shock to the service, and devastating for their families who have our deepest sympathy.


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"Michael and Jeff were the first firefighters to die in a fire in Hertfordshire in 30 years and we owe it to their memory to ensure that we do everything possible to prevent a similar tragedy.

"It would not be proper for me to go into great detail before the inquests but the service has looked at everything that happened that night and considered every aspect of the way we handled the fire.

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"We will be paying particular attention to reviewing our operating procedures for preparing, attending and dealing with incidents to ensure that a safe system of work is always introduced and maintained throughout an incident."

A date for the inquests has not yet been set.

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