London Fire Brigade

Brigade launches postcode profiler

01 September 2016

Londoners can now put their postcode into a new online tool to get a profile of what we are doing in their area to keep them safe.

The aim is to offer a local snapshot of the Brigade's work in order to reassure people that London Fire Chiefs have carefully considered every inch of London when planning resources.

The postcode look up will give insight into what the we know about the capital, ranging from the fire risks that worry Londoners to the work the Brigade is doing to address those risks.

You can use this information to talk to us when we consult with Londoners about the new London Safety Plan (LSP6), which is due to launch in November. Just sign up to the updates when you have had a look at your area data.

LSP6 will set out how the Brigade will use its resources over the next four years.

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said: "Not only will this help you understand more about our work in your area, it also reflects the things you have asked to have more information about.

"For example we know that during our last consultation, many people wanted to know if older people were safe in their neighbourhood and so in this tool we have listed how many over 65s there are per ward along with some of the controls we have to keep them safe, such as home fire safety visits.  

We are not finished yet

"The more information we provide to people, the more likely they are to really understand how we work and take an active interest in our London Safety Plan consultation.

"The data tool is a work in progress and the Brigade will be using feedback from the public, the consultation and other stakeholders to refine how we collect and present information to ensure our data keeps pace with a city that changes as quickly as London.

"It's also really important to remember that fire engines and fire stations do not stop fires from happening - proactive fire prevention work does.

"This tool helps demonstrate how we use our knowledge of your neighbourhood to target preventative work such as building inspections. 

"While I want Londoners to have a healthy respect for the risk of fire, so they take actions to keep themselves safe like having a working smoke alarm, I want people to feel reassured that we have carefully considered what resources we need to have in place so we will be there should they ever need us."

Response Times

One of the key pieces of information Londoners look for is how quickly crews reach incidents on a ward by ward basis. We always try to get to incidents as quickly as possible. We recognise that our speed of response in different parts of London will vary.

The tool provides information so you can compare your area against the London average using data for last year.

However, the Brigade has an average London-wide performance standard of six minutes for the first fire engine and eight minutes for a second fire engine, and we cannot, and do not currently have plans to, meet this standard in every ward.

The Brigade uses past incidents to predict where fires, road traffic collisions, floodings and other emergencies are likely to reoccur when planning how many fire engines and what other specialist resources an area may need.

They also consider other factors such as whether an area is especially densely populated or has an aging population. This information is used to plan targeted prevention work to prevent fires happening in the first place. 

This scientific approach to planning has helped bring fires, injuries and fatalities to their lowest level for years. The total numbers of fires and fire deaths are down by over 20 per cent over the last five years.

  • Last year, a total of 36 people died from fire in the capital compared with 47 five years ago.
  • There were 20,770 fires in London last year, down by a quarter on 2011/12.