Nearly 2,000 of you took the time to share your views with us back in December and January on proposals in the London Fire Brigade’s draft London Safety Plan. This, combined with a series of drop-in sessions, has been key in shaping the finalised London Safety Plan.
Main themes of the new plan include new response time targets, an increase in terrorism response capabilities, expansion of the role of firefighters and efforts to place fire stations at the heart of the community. There are no proposals to reduce numbers of firefighters, fire stations or fire engines.
An important change to the original proposals is that Kingston’s move of one fire engine to New Malden has been put on hold. Second fire engine attendance performance in Kingston is now meeting the eight minute average target for the first time. Due to this, and also local concerns that came to light through the consultation, the potential move will instead be reviewed in a year’s time.
An additional target of 90% of the time getting a fire engine to any incident in the capital within 10 minutes will come into force, whilst the current standard of 95% of the time getting an engine to a London incident within 12 minutes will also remain.
Attacks in Paris in December 2015 brought the emergency services' capability to respond to a marauding terrorist firearms attack (MTFA) into sharp focus. In line with two manifesto commitments, the Mayor commissioned two independent reviews; one led by Lord Toby Harris and looking into London's terror preparedness, and one led by Anthony Meyer and on the Fire Brigade's resources.
The finalised London Safety Plan echoes the recommendations of Lord Harris, setting out intentions to boost the number of specialist firefighters trained to move in behind the police in a terrorist incident to fight fires and help treat casualties.
The plan also covers:
- Work to improve diversity and community relations within the Fire Brigade, with plans to throw open the 'big red doors' of fire stations, allowing the community to engage and to use these spaces themselves
- Evaluation of the role of Fire Rescue Units (FRUs) and the potential to also give these attendance time targets
- Greater collaboration with other emergency service and partners
Once again, a very big thank you for your participation.