London Fire Brigade

Fire Commissioner response to report into fire and rescue services

17 May 2013

In response to the release of Sir Ken Knight's independent review of efficiency and operations in fire and rescue services today, London Fire Commissioner, Ron Dobson, said:

“I welcome the report into fire and rescue authorities and am pleased that London Fire Brigade was given the opportunity to feed into it.

“Whilst completely separate from Sir Ken’s report, in London we are currently consulting on the Draft Fifth London Safety Plan, which outlines how we plan to keep Londoners safe over the next three years.

“Many of the recommendations in Sir Ken’s report have already been implemented in London and as a result we have made significant savings of £66 million since 2009.  Savings have been made on non-operational staff, including reducing our senior management structure, without making any reduction in the number of firefighters. We have introduced shared service working with some office based staff and our reserves have been reduced from a total of £65 million in 2007 to around £11 million in general reserves today.

“I appreciate that people are concerned about the risk of fire, but I am confident we can make the savings proposed in the draft London Safety Plan whilst continuing to keep Londoners safe. Preventing fires before they happen is our priority and our commitment to community safety work will continue, including our successful home fire safety scheme, which sees around 70,000 free smoke alarms fitted each year.”