Green light for detention centre fire safety
12 October 2006, AMSTERDAM — Fire safety regulations at the detention centre for rejected asylum seekers at Rotterdam Airport are now in order.
12 October 2006
AMSTERDAM — Fire safety regulations at the detention centre for rejected asylum seekers at Rotterdam Airport are now in order.
The Rotterdam fire brigade has given the airport detention centre the all-clear following a recent inspection of the building.
The inspection revealed that all fire safety concerns identified by Rotterdam City Council two weeks ago had been resolved.
Mayor Ivo Opstelten also inspected the detention centre on Wednesday and a spokesman said it was clear that all of his concerns had been addressed.
Repairs and building work was carried out after Opstelten informed the national government last month that the building was a fire risk.
He told the Justice and Planning ministries that no further detainees would be accepted at the Rotterdam Airport until the fire hazards were fixed.
Opstelten had also warned that if the problems were not resolved within two weeks, he would withdraw the permit for the detention centre.
Fire safety procedures at the detention centre were inspected following the Schiphol Airport detention centre blaze in which 11 people were killed in October 2005.
A critical report last month blamed government failings for the deaths, leading to the resignation of minister Piet Hein Donner (Justice) and Sybilla Dekker (Housing, Planning and the Environment).
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news