London Fire Brigade

Last chance to get involved in London fire budget consultation

25 January 2016

The Chairman of London Fire Authority is reminding Londoners that they still have time to get involved in the public consultation on how the Brigade can make £6.4m of budget savings for 2016/17.

The consultation which closes at 5pm on Monday, 1 February centers around two proposals both of which would ensure that no fire stations close and no firefighters would be made compulsorily redundant. You can have your say by visiting http://bit.ly/lfepa-have-your-say.

Don’t miss out

Chairman of London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority Gareth Bacon AM said:

“Don’t miss out on the chance to have your say on our budget proposals and how the authority can save £6.4m.Over the past eight weeks we’ve held public meetings and talked to a number of stakeholders but in order to have your voice heard then fill out our consultation questionnaire before 5pm on Monday, 1st February.”

Option A and Option B

The main difference between the options is around the 13 fire engines that have been out of service for two years as part of Brigade’s strike contingency arrangements.

Option A is the proposal preferred by the majority of members of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority. It recommends putting the 13 fire engines back into service but making savings by establishing alternate crewing at stations with some special appliances. This option would see two fire rescue units , five aerial appliances and two operational support units being alternately crewed.

Option B is recommended by the Commissioner of London Fire Brigade. It recommends the permanent removal of the 13 fire engines and reinvest some of the savings into increasing the number of staff available to crew fire rescue units.

London-wide average attendance time target

The Brigade has continued to meet its London-wide average attendance time target of six minutes for a first fire engine and eight minutes for a second while the13 appliances have been out of service. If the 13 fire engines were returned to service, it is believed that this would improve average London-wide attendance times by around four seconds for the first engine and by around 18 seconds for the second fire engine.

The 13 fire stations that had one of their two fire engines removed in August 2013 were: Chelsea, Ealing, Erith, Forest Hill, Holloway, Old Kent Road, Plaistow, Poplar, Romford, Shoreditch, Stratford, Wandsworth and Willesden.