London Fire Brigade

Fifth London Safety Plan

The reductions in fire stations and fire appliances, which are part of the Fifth London Safety Plan (LSP5) went ahead on 9 January 2014.

On 12 September 2013 London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority voted to approve the final version of the LSP5. LSP5 is  the Authority’s Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) as set out in the government’s national framework for the fire and rescue service.

Download a copy of the Fifth London Safety Plan (LSP5) plan.

LSP5 outlines a wide range of policies and measures which are intended to improve the safety of Londoners. Amongst other things, it includes plans to reduce fires amongst vulnerable groups, such as those living in sheltered housing; to lobby for the wider use of sprinklers; to introduce charges for repeat false fire alarm call outs, and to continue to carry out thousands of home fire safety visits each year.

The Plan also includes details of how savings of £29m will be made. This includes:

  • The closure of 10 fire stations 
  • Reducing the number of fire engines (pumping appliances) by 14
  • Redeploying five fire engines to different fire stations 
  • Reducing the number of fire rescue units (specialist rescue vehicles) from 16 to14 
  • Reducing minimum crewing levels on fire rescue units from 5 firefighters to 4 
  • Reducing the number of firefighter posts by 552
  • Introducing alternate crewing arrangements at some stations 
  • Reducing the number of station and group managers to a total of 256, and then ultimately a further reduction to 200

Under the proposals, the Brigade would maintain its existing London-wide attendance target of getting a first fire engine to an emergency within an average six minutes and the second fire engine, if needed, within eight minutes. This is amongst the fastest target response time of any emergency service in the country and almost twice as fast as some other fire brigades. The full detail of the proposals can be found in the Plan in the links to the right of this page.

The modelled impacts of the changes to the agreed plan on first and second appliance attendance times at ward level are available to view here.

The Plan was subject to a fifteen week public consultation, which ended on the 17 June 2013.