LONDON Fire Brigade commissioner Dany Cotton revealed yesterday she had received counselling following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
Ms Cotton told LBC Radio she was still trying to process the “overwhelming sense of responsibility” she felt when firefighters were dealing with the horrific blaze in the west London tower block in which at least 80 people died.
She said: “There’s a lot of work that needs to be done going forward to make sure that something terrible like this never happens again, so for me, I feel a responsibility for my firefighters.
“Their mental health and well-being has been really key for me and we’ve been doing a massive amount of work from that.
“I have been having counselling myself because it’s really important that it’s something that people need to talk about and work through to try to stop them having problems in the future.”
The Star revealed in June how the number of counsellors trained to help firefighters process the traumatic scenes they witness on the job was cut from 14 to just two under former mayor Boris Johnson.
Ms Cotton said it was “OK not to be OK” and encouraged fi efighters to “keep talking about it.”
Meanwhile the London Fire Brigade warned that more people will die from fires started by faulty white goods if the government fails to implement safety recommendations made over a year ago.
There have been nine deaths and 298 injuries from fires involving white goods in London in the past year, not including Grenfell.