London Fire Brigade

Fire Brigade service during the strikes

FBU strike dates

As during previous periods of FBU strike action, we will have contingency arrangements in place.

Who will provide the service?

Known as Capital Guard, the reduced service is provided by a contractor and is not intended to replicate our normal operational cover. It is in place to provide a reduced level, of which fulfils our basic statutory duties.

This means fire engines will attend a limited range of incidents and that, in the first instance just one fire engine will attend each incident.

Level of response during the strike?

During strike action there will be some changes to our service:

  • 999 and 112 system will continue to operate as normal
  • Our attendance times to some incidents will increase
  • Crews attending will not be familiar with premises or the local geography

During the strike contingency crews will attend:

  • Serious fires –  like those in Londoners' homes – confirmed by a 999 call
  • Fires that involve gas cylinders or hazardous substances
  • Explosions
  • Vehicle fires or boat fires
  • Fires at railway stations and rail and road tunnels or fires involving people in underground tunnels
  • Aircraft or train crashes
  • Road traffic collisions
  • Collapsed structures

During the strike contingency crews may not be able to attend:

  • Grass fires and other outdoor fires such as trees, hedges or undergrowth alight
  • Rubbish fires (including fires in bins and skips) and fires on open ground
  • Large animal rescues (these will be referred to the RSPCA)
  • People shut in lifts (owners of buildings are responsible for ensuring arrangements are in place to release people from faulty lifts)
  • Flooding
  • Automatic fire alarms – a fire engine will only be sent when the fire has been confirmed by a 999 call