FIRE crews are calling on the government to do more to help prevent high-rise blazes in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Senior officers within the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) want action to be taken in the short term to protect residents from a "broken regulatory system".

Responding to a recent Westminster proposal, assistant chief fire officer Tony Hunter urged change in the risk assessment of buildings as soon as possible.

“At GMFRS we believe we are uniquely placed to contribute our experience and understanding to this consultation," he said.

"Since the Grenfell Tower fire, we have inspected all of the high-rise residential buildings in Greater Manchester and we continue to work intensively with housing providers, managing agents and residents to monitor buildings and ensure the relevant safety improvements are made.

He added: "We will continue to work with housing providers and managing agents and support residents in high rise buildings, but this would be made easier if the government acted to improve the legal requirements to document and share safety information with residents."